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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An Electrifying Tale of Transformation

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2019 4:40:55 PM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in Economic Empowerment, Zambia, Impact Stories, WV

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Joyce & Pontino switching on the lights at home

No sooner had Joyce (36) and Pontino (44) flicked on the lights, than brightness filled their house. Their faces beamed with delight. They could not hide their joy. They giggled. There seems to be nothing special about switching on a light bulb unless you are a small scale farmer living in a rural village in eastern Zambia and your house has just been connected to the national grid.

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International Literacy Day: Recognizing the Critical Role of Reading

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2019 1:02:00 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Zambia, Education, Impact Stories, WV, International Day

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Lightwell is engrossed in reading his book
while sitting in a sun-drenched field.
(©2018 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

What would your life be like if you never learned how to read? If these words appeared to you as unintelligible scribbles, a language you didn’t understand? How would you read a prescription? Or a stop sign? For approximately 56% of elementary-aged children — 387 million around the world — this is their reality as they do not meet minimum reading proficiency standards.

Every year on Sept. 8, we recognize International Literacy Day and the critical role reading plays in daily life. Education is at the heart of sustainable development; without education, it’s nearly impossible to break free from poverty. 

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Two Sides of a Canal

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2019 11:52:00 AM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in Economic Empowerment, Zambia, Impact Stories, WV

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Bernard and his wife on their farm

In the Mpika Area Program of northern Zambia, World Vision is hard at work. Farmers have been introduced to the Economic Empowerment program called THRIVE—Transforming Household Resilience in Vulnerable Environments. It is a proven model for economic transformation and for altering world views that perpetuate poverty.

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Against All Odds - Kathryn’s Story

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 29, 2019 1:07:00 PM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in Zambia, Education, Impact Stories, WV

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We had no sooner pulled into her village compound, when Kathryn rushed out of the vehicle to embrace the four little girls she now calls her sisters. Her aunt dropped a bundle of small sweeping sticks and in her haste to welcome us, she startled the chickens and ducks that were picking up crumbs of food in the compound.

Returning ‘home’, Kathryn's face beamed with joy. She is the proud recipient of an education scholarship from World Vision and now lives in a boarding facility run by World Vision's partner organization, City of Joy. 

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Gender Equality Restores a Family

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2019 11:15:00 AM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Zambia, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, WV

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Gender equality is essential to human development. Many women in Zambia have suffered unequal treatment simply because they are female. Josephine (28) of southern Zambia, is one of these women. Josephine is a high-spirited woman with a great passion for life. She is married to Masumo (32) and they have three adorable children: Eleanor (11), Tandiwe (4) and their youngest, Moses, who recently celebrated his first birthday.

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An “acronym soup” that empowers moms and saves lives?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 8, 2019 9:47:38 AM / by Lori Chuchu-Ryan posted in Uganda, Zambia, Health, Women and Girls, WV, International Day

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CHWs, ttC, 7-11, PDH. These aren’t just your ordinary acronyms. They stand for the very simple, very powerful approaches World Vision is using to strengthen health care systems and save the lives of moms and their babies. In honor of World Health Day, we invite you to learn what they are and how have they delivered double-digit improvements in just two years.

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