Zambia

Map of Zambia

Population: 12.935m
Life expectancy men: 48.7 years
Life expectancy women: 50.0 years
Infant mortality rate: 7.84%
GNI per capita: 881.1 US$
HDI ranking: 164/187 Low
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Tearfund’s campaigning as part of the Jubilee 2000 and Make Poverty History campaigns contributed to greater debt cancellation for Zambia. In 1999 and 2005, Tearfund facilitated a live video conference between then Chancellor Gordon Brown and Zambian subsistence farmer Elinata Kasanga, prior to the Cologne and Gleneagles G8 summits. ‘You and your family are one of the reasons why we must take action,’ he said. As a result of cancelled debt, Zambia was able to offer free primary education to all children – including Elinata’s youngest.

Tearfund’s partners in Zambia range from national organisations such as the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia and Scripture Union to a theological college and specialised ministries such as the Prison Fellowship, Jesus Cares Ministries and Jubilee Centre, and church denominations such as Brethren in Christ Church and the Anglican Diocese of Northern Zambia, who support people living with HIV. 

Tearfund also focuses on helping farmers to become more resilient to the impact of droughts and floods and on lobbying the government to improve early warning systems. Some partners are taking part in climate change forums to ensure their grass-roots experience feeds in to global work on this issue.

As part of Tearfund’s ten-year vision, we hope and plan to work with around 1,740 churches in Zambia to transform the lives of some 142,835 families.

Please pray:

  • for people living in poverty in Zambia.
  • for our partners as they seek to help others.
  • for the country of Zambia, for justice, peace, good health and hope for everyone.

More on Zambia

Latest from Tearfund about Zambia.

  • Meet the Zambian schoolchildren who spoke truth to power and called their MP to account.

  • With four orphaned grandchildren to support, Zambian widow Enny Kunda was no stranger to struggle. So we gave her peanuts.

  • ‘Can you take a photograph of Kaunda with the cows?’ my travelling companion asks. ‘Sure,’ I reply nonchalantly. How difficult can it be?

  • At 64 years old, Beatrice Chisala is an active member of the Mothers’ Union at her local church in Luangwa Township, Zambia. With three children and five grandchildren living at home she more than qualifies!

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