Zambia, with its population of some thirteen million people, is situated in southern Africa bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo to its north, Tanzania to its north-east, Malawi to its east, and Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to its south with Angola to its west. It gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 quickly installing one party rule that took one of Africa's leading economies to the economic brink. 1991 saw democracy emerge with multi-party elections and, today, Zambia is a relatively stable multi-party democracy although serious challenges face the country. Its in 164th place out of 187 countries and territories 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 has AIDS/HIV. 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%. Child sponsor 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 methods. You can help when you sponsor a child in Zambia.
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The children who live at the Tree of Life Children’s Village are from some of the worst situations in Zambia.
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Facts and figures and information about the education and daily life of children in Zambia.
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