Zambia is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa, bordered by Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola, and The Congo. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964. Lusaka is the capital of Zambia. English is the official language, with approximately 77 other indigenous languages spoken.
The climate is tropical with a rainy season from October to April. Zambia suffers from tropical storms during the rainy season and periodic droughts during the rest of the year. The terrain is mostly high plateau with some hills and mountains. The main natural resources of Zambia are copper, cobalt, zinc, emeralds, gold, silver, uranium, and hydropower.
Zambia's economic growth is below the level needed to reduce poverty significantly. Eighty-six percent of the people live below the poverty line.
Fifty to seventy-five percent of the population is Christian. Muslims and Hindus make up 24-49% of the population. Indigenous beliefs make up the remaining percent. The life expectancy is 39.7 years. There are 88.29 deaths per 1,000 live births. Unemployment is at 50%.
Children of Promise in Zambia
The Children of Promise sponsorship program in Zambia started in 2006 with the first children being sponsored in the capital city of Lusaka. Sponsored children receive food, clothing, medicine, and educational opportunities.
The Church of God in Zambia was started in 1986 by missionaries. Presently, there are about 400 churches spread throughout Zambia. One unique characteristic of the church in Zambia is that it has reached the people in the rural areas, and all the regions are represented in the leadership of the church. Children of Promise is excited to assist the precious children of Zambia.
The sponsored children live in the Avondale area outside of Lusaka. Their homes are single-room dwellings of mud bricks or wood. Few of them have electricity; none have plumbing. Since many of the families are headed by single mothers abandoned by their husbands, the assistance provided is a great blessing. Providing an education for their children is nearly impossible for many of these families. Most of the children in this program did not attend school at all until sponsorship. Thank you, sponsors, for making this a reality. You are giving hope for a bright future.