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Where is Zambia?

Zambia is a landlocked country in the heart of central Southern Africa.

Our impact


Zambia has managed to avoid the conflict seen in many nearby nations. Since gaining independence in 1964, it has been a stable and peaceful haven for its neighbours.

However, Zambia faced a severe drought in 2015–16, which led to poor harvests, increased food prices, power rationing, and decreased productivity. The economy is still recovering from this crisis.

Despite the climatic impact, Zambia has managed to avoid the massive food shortages faced by surrounding countries. However, climate change remains a threat – especially to people living in poverty.

Nathan with his crops outside his home. Copyright: Ruth Towell/Tearfund.

Our work in Zambia

Tearfund has been working in Zambia for more than 20 years, partnering with local churches and Christian organisations. Our goal is to equip the church and empower people to transform every area of their lives, finding healing in their relationship with God, with themselves, with each other and with the environment. 

The process known as Church and Community Transformation (CCT) is the foundation of all the work Tearfund does in Zambia. We work with local churches to help them become agents of change in their local communities and empower them to escape poverty.

Self-help groups

In the eastern province, we have been encouraging the growth of self-help groups – small scale community savings schemes which also offer business training and social support. Members have been able to set up small income-generating activities to feed their families and keep their children in school. A combination of self-help groups, literacy education and mindset transformation has been the focus of the holistic programme.

Environmental and economic sustainability

A project called Light My Church, Light My Village ensures that households and communities have access to clean, renewable energy sources such as solar lighting and encourages the planting of trees that have multiple benefits. Over 400 households have already been provided with solar lights through a community solar fund, and it remains one of the most attractive projects because of its immediate benefits. 

Young people and advocacy

We are working with a local partner organisation to develop leadership and advocacy skills in young people. This is helping to develop the community leaders and influencers of tomorrow, who will speak out on behalf of their communities for a better future.

Zambian students participate in a Junior Parliament debate. Copyright: Ruth Towell/Tearfund.

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