A Light of Hope: The Loveness Story

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 6, 2018 6:00:36 PM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in WV, Education, Zambia, Impact Stories

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Loveness at home

At only 17, Loveness has had her share of suffering. Having lost her father when she was only five, her mother has struggled to make ends meet, especially after her health began to decline. She can hardly provide food for Loveness and her two siblings, let alone pay school fees. Instead of celebrating Loveness’ graduation from primary to secondary school, she despaired because she did not know how she would pay the higher tuition. Fortunately, Loveness was accepted at City of Joy, a facility run by World Vision’s partner for the Zambia Education-Every Last One (ZEELO) project. Loveness is one of 22 girls who received a scholarship from World Vision through ZEELO. The scholarship provides funding for tuition, food, shelter and other necessities.

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Trained mom helps others avoid danger

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 5, 2018 4:34:51 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in WV, Health, Impact Stories, Zambia

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Martha became a member of her local Safe Motherhood Action Group after giving birth to eight children without any of the knowledge she now shares with her pregnant neighbors. Her lack of knowledge nearly cost Martha her life during one of her deliveries.

At 34, Martha Nvula has had eight children, the youngest just shy of a year old. She and her husband live nearly 22 miles from a facility that handles baby deliveries, which meant she took great risks each time she got pregnant.

Martha didn’t understand the importance of prenatal care and planning for deliveries, and three times she gave birth along the route to the health facility—once nearly losing her life because of complications.

Martha jumped at the opportunity to join a Safe Motherhood Action Group in her village. She learned about timed and targeted counseling (ttC), which is the developing world’s version of the iconic pregnancy book, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting."

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A call to serve

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 19, 2018 4:16:42 PM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Health, Impact Stories, Zambia, WV

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After spending close to three hours on a bumpy, wet road, we finally arrived at our destination. It was a rural village with a cluster of 1-room structures made of mud and wood with thatched roofs. The village is in World Vision’s Nkeyema Area Program in west Zambia. Soon after getting out of the muddy 4-wheel van, we were greeted by a spirited young woman named Mary Mulimbika. She passionately shook our hands and welcomed us with a beaming smile.

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A borehole helps reduce calamities

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 19, 2018 4:13:59 PM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Water, Impact Stories, Zambia, WV

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“I lost my pregnancy because my village had no proper water source,” says Kanyanga Muyenga, a 25-year-old woman from Western Zambia. Kanyanga is a young, single mother of two adorable children, a 10-year-old girl named Nyambe and a 17-month-old boy named Masheke. She lives in a small remote village called Chimopu, located on sandy terrain north of World Vision’s Luampa Area Program (AP). Kanyanga has lived in her village her entire life. To make ends meet, she grows cash crops like cassava and corn.

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Better Father. Better Partner. Better Life.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2018 10:01:56 AM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in International Day, THRIVE, Zambia, Economic Empowerment, WV, Impact Stories

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Estella and Augustine Nsabika’s story is one of family and faith, a strong demonstration of how World Vision is helping vulnerable households in Zambia climb the rungs of the economic ladder and increase their economic stability. This strong framework is the basis of THRIVE (Transforming Household Resilience in Vulnerable Environments) - growing families through education and faith.

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Ending preventable suffering and death for moms and their babies

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 3, 2018 11:41:24 PM / by Kathryn Reid posted in International Day, Health, Somalia, Uganda, Zambia

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Nearly half of all child deaths under the age of five occur within the first month of their lives*, despite marked improvement over the past 30 years. That’s about 2.6 million babies a year. More than 7,100 a day.

World Vision is committed to decreasing preventable neonatal and maternal mortality, and our mother and child health initiative is already making real and sustainable impact in Somalia, Uganda, and Zambia. The approach is working for three main reasons: it’s targeted, it’s grass-roots, and it’s integrated. In a nutshell, we focus on educating women, delivering basic health and nutrition information through trusted local health workers, enabling access to essential health services, and improving health facilities.

On World Health Day, we celebrate the progress being made and the donors and partners who make it possible for the work to continue.

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Golfweek: LPGA legend Betsy King vows to raise $10 million for bringing clean water to Africa

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2017 11:02:00 AM / by World Vision Staff posted in News, Water, Africa, Zambia, World Changers, NLC

Betsy KingOne thousand children die each day from a waterborne disease. LPGA Hall of Famer Betsy King has devoted the last decade of her life to help stop what’s still a little-known crisis in the developing world through her Golf Fore Africa charity. On World Water Day, March 22, King announced her commitment to raise $10 million over the next five years to bring clean water to 200,000 people throughout Zambia. She has personally pledged $1.3 million to help accomplish the goal.

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Clean water opens the door to a fuller life in Zambia

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 21, 2016 10:21:25 AM / by World Vision Staff posted in Zambia, Water, Impact Stories, WV

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When World Vision installed a new borehole, villagers in Haalumba, Zambia, developed a new respect for girls and women— and a renewed perspective on God’s provision.

Timmy Hantemba can be seen at the new pump every morning and night. But he never used to fetch water. 

“Now [that] we have water, things are a lot different,” he said. “I help my mother in the garden. I don’t think fetching water is a girl’s job. I will help my wife fetch water.” Timmy wants to become a teacher someday.

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