World Vision Lifts Up a Businesswoman

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 24, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Economic Empowerment, Zambia, Impact Stories, WV

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“I was scared of losing my children to malnutrition,” says Charlotte Ka-bili, a 19-year-old refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which neighbors Zambia. Charlotte is an adorable young mother of three, two girls and a boy, ages 6 months to 6 years. She lives in a refugee settlement in Northern Zambia with over 14,000 Congolese nationals who fled their country due to civil war.

“I never ever thought that I would one day run away from my own country and become a scrounger in another. I had big dreams for myself and my family,” she says.

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New Hope as Coronavirus Storm Lingers

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Collins Kaumba posted in Zambia, Education, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, WV, COVID-19

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Seated on the ground, 13-year-old Ivy eloquently reads a book in her mother tongue as she leans against the wall of a small mudbrick house in southern Zambia’s Moyo community. In the day’s twilight, the sun pleasantly beams onto her face in beautiful gold.

Ivy has mastered reading despite now having to learn on her own due to the impact of the coronavirus. Ivy and about 100 other children in her village used to meet at a reading camp—established with the help of World Vision—where they learned to read, write and play.

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Coronavirus Makes it a Double-Edged Sword

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Collins Kaumba posted in Zambia, Health, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, WV, COVID-19

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The wave of fear remains as the coronavirus continues to impact many lives all over the world. Forty-two-year-old Florence Hachiyona of the Moyo community in southern Zambia likens the COVID-19 era as “facing a double-edged sword.”

“After hearing what the coronavirus can do and that it had reached Zambia, fear besieged me. I started [having] sleep-less nights. I thought it was over for me. Being HIV positive already, I fear contracting another virus because I would die faster and leave my children alone to suffer,” says Florence, a mother of four.

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‘Miracle Borehole’ Saves Lives

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Collins Kaumba posted in Zambia, Water, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, WV

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Just after 5 a.m. in the Mweebo community in southern Zambia, Nelly Mulavu began her lonely trek through the middle of thick bush to fetch water from the only stream in area. This was her first daily morning chore.

Suddenly, a strange man appeared from the bush, a few meters away from where she was standing. “The man looked suspicious,” says Nelly later. “My heart froze in fear. I wondered if the man could be up to something, knowing deep down in my heart what had happened to several other women in the past.” Almost immediately he grabbed her, and a serious battle ensued between the two.

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Farming a New Way

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 19, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Collins Kaumba posted in Economic Empowerment, Zambia, Impact Stories, WV

Farming1A sizeable crowd of people gathered inside Brethren Church of Christ to listen to the Sunday service. Van Hamusikili, 53, was one of them.

“Today’s message is about exercising dominion through Farming God’s Way,” Pastor Obert opened his sermon, much to the shock of all the congregants. The expected message was one of redemption from sin, not farming. At the end of the sermon, visibly angry men and women approached Pastor Obert, expressing their displeasure with the day’s message. “We expected messages of salvation, but he preached Farming God’s Way in church. We felt he had been demonically possessed to confuse and mislead us,” Van says.

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A Healthy Baby Born HIV-Free

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Zambia, Health, Impact Stories, WV

HIVfree1“It’s a miracle that my daughter is alive today,” says Sonya Hamboya, a 25-year-old widow in southern Zambia.

Sonya is a vibrant mother of two adorable kids, a boy and girl, 11 and 5, respectively. She lives with her children and baby niece in a mountainous, remote village in World Vision’s Moyo Area Program.

As a child, Sonya loved school and hoped to become a doctor. Unfortunately, at 14, she became pregnant in eighth grade and was forced out of school.

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The Well of Hope

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Zambia, Water, Impact Stories, WV

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Cheelo & her daughter at the new well

For the Mweene family of Hamoombe village in southern Zambia, April 18, 2016 will always remain one of the most painful days - a day with memories of deep sorrow. It was that day 6-year-old Kezia drowned after slipping and falling into the deep well her family and 18 other households in the Hamoombe community relied on for water. The well was nearly 30 feet deep, hand-dug and unprotected.

Kezia was the second to last born in the family. She enjoyed singing, dancing and playing with her friends. “Our little girl was a very jovial and active person,” says 42-year-old Cheelo, Kezia’s mother.

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A Savings Group Saves the Day

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Economic Empowerment, Zambia, Impact Stories, WV

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Elezeti & Lufelo now live happily

It is windy and the air of Ntambo community’s bare horizon is fully engulfed in dusty particles, flickering through the twilight. It is difficult to see as we drive on the small dirt road leading to Elezeti Mwale’s home in eastern Zambia.

Not that many years ago, Elezeti was preparing to work in the field. Her youngest son, Lufelo, then 8, left to harvest a sack of cotton to help pay his school fees when something terrible happened to him. “A big snake bit me above my right ankle,” Lufelo says, “I screamed for help before I fell down, feeling a sharp pain.”

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Safe Delivery at Last

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Zambia, Health, Impact Stories, WV

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Teresa with her last born son

While health facilities play a critical role in preventing stillbirths and improving new born survival, most women in some rural, isolated communities in Zambia were, until recently, subjected to unsanitary environments while giving birth at these clinics.

“I dreaded giving birth from the clinic because of what I went through when giving birth to my first three children,” says 35-year-old Teresa Siambulato of Mweemba Village in southern Zambia.

Teresa is a happily married mother of four handsome boys, whose ages range between 10 months and 10 years. She adores children and always looked forward to giving birth to her own at the Kayuni Rural Health Center—the only health facility in her village. 

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Achieving the Impossible

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in Economic Empowerment, Zambia, Impact Stories, WV

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Taulo & Rosemary in front of their new home

Taulo Banda, 42, proudly showed me the electricity cable that taps power from the national grid to his house. “A few years ago, I would never have believed that one day I would live in a house like this one,” says Taulo, adding, “But, thanks to World Vision, I have achieved the impossible.” The new house is made of brick with a metal roof and windowpanes. Behind him, stands his old homestead. It is composed of two round grass-thatched structures. The sharp contrast between the old and new houses illustrates the transformation that has taken place in Taulo’s life.

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