Kawaza's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Kawaza community is located in eastern Zambia, about 55 km from the Mozambique border. Even though it is a rural area, it is the most densely populated district in the province, with almost 59 people per square kilometre. Farming is the main economic activity, however 90% of families are poor subsistence farmers. Families keep livestock and grow crops for food and income, but farm production is low because of infertile soils and irregular rainfall. The cool, dry season runs from April to mid-August, while the hot, dry season lasts from August to October. During this latter period the temperatures are usually high, reaching 35℃;. The wet season runs from mid-October through March. Annual rainfall ranges from 700 to 900 mm, but the rainfall pattern is irregular, resulting in disasters like drought and floods.
  • 200 survivors of violence received support to help them cope with the trauma and recover
  • 9 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 150 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 50 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 718 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 2,763 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 183 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 578 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 3,495 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 14 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
  • 4,010 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 802 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families
  • 3,618 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 25 people were trained on how to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Construct, repair, and equip schools and classrooms.
  • Educate parents and community members on the importance of education, especially for girls.
  • Train school committees and parent-teacher associations.
  • Establish reading groups and academic competitions for students.
  • Mobilize efforts to discontinue traditional practices that keep children from school, like cattle herding and early marriage.
  • Establish and train children's school committees to give children a voice in issues that affect them.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Educate families on nutrition, prenatal care, and disease prevention and management.
  • Construct improved health centres.
  • Support immunization and child growth monitoring initiatives.

In partnership with sponsors, World Vision will work with families in the community to:
  • Train farmers in crop diversification, as well as improved farming and crop storage techniques.
  • Organize training in livestock production and management.
  • Provide livestock on a pass-it-on basis.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Educate community members of all ages on preventing the spread of HIV, including prevention of mother-to-child transmission.
  • Train caregivers for orphans and people living with AIDS.

Community Leadership
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors, World Vision will work in the community to:
  • Assist community members and leaders in developing disaster preparedness plans.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Educate families on improved sanitation and hygiene behaviours and practices.
  • Construct and maintain safe, clean water sources.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Kawaza can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Support community groups to start income-generating activities.
  • Provide small business and microfinance training.