February Focus: Zambia
We’re continuing our Strong Women, Strong World country series, focusing on one country a month. We’ll share stories and World Vision projects from that country throughout the month. For February, our focus is Zambia.
About half of Zambians are unemployed and more than 85 percent live below the poverty line. One of the poorest countries in the world, it also has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS infections. For women and girls, these problems are compounded by gender-based discrimination and violence that too often robs them of a bright future.
World Vision has been working in Zambia since 1981, providing help and hope to combat drought, water impurity, malaria, and HIV/AIDS. World Vision is committed to partnering with the people of Zambia to help enact sustainable solutions for the future of their children, families, and communities. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership, with donors from the United States sponsoring more than 35,200 children.
Strong Women, Strong World’s Empowerment, Respect, and Equality Program (ERE) in Zambia seeks to significantly improve the well-being of girls and women through academic scholarships, business training, and small loans. Through the five-year program, World Vision is addressing the need for academic and economic assistance among females. Our vision is that the program activities will change attitudes toward gender-based violence in Zambia and increase the number of women involved in education and society. The program works with vulnerable girls and women in Kapululwe, Mwamba, and Sinazongwe, three areas where World Vision has existing microfinance work.
Stories in this series: