in 2011 when ranked in terms of life
expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country
with a life expectancy of just 49yrs not least because 15% of the population
Zambia is generally below other sub Saharan countries and also below low human development. As a consequence of the high rate of mortality it is estimated that some 500,000
children in Zambia are orphans (30% of all children in Zambia under the age of
15 are orphans) with many of them heading towards urban areas simply to survive
by begging, forced labour and/or exploitation.
In rural areas 78% of the
population of Zambia live under the poverty line, around half of all children under the age of 5yrs are malnourished
with vitamin deficiency and anaemia widespread. The health care
system is under developed especially in rural areas and this is
compounded by the rural population having limited access to improved
drinking water at just 36%.
programs in Zambia work with orphaned and abandoned children, prevention of
diseases and promoting HIV awareness, promoting education and access to
healthcare and assisting in developing water projects and sustainable farming
You can help when
you sponsor a child in Zambia.