World Renew has been working in Zambia since 1990.


World Renew has been working in Zambia since 1990.

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While Zambia is a beautiful land – home to the largest waterfall in the world, beautiful lakes, and amazing wildlife – it is also struggling under the burden of poverty. High unemployment, frequent drought, and the pandemic spread of HIV and AIDS are all barriers to prosperity. Outreach programs focus on the long-term chronic needs of the most impoverished Zambian people. A large focus of the work is improving the agricultural and health skills of those that struggle to grow enough food to feed themselves and find basic access to health care.


The president lifted many restrictions in Zambia in late May, although the country has seen spikes in infection due to hot spots along the border of Tanzania. World Renew staff and partners continue to work from home in order to act with utmost caution. As to programming, COVID-19 is adding challenges to the provision of food assistance to families living in an extremely remote region of southwestern Zambia. Strategies are being put in place to ensure that the essential provision of food to families in need can continue, and that additional risk is not being placed on staff and community members through the spread of COVID-19. Given the large numbers of households served, distributions take 2.5 weeks to accomplish following COVID-19 precautions, meaning that by the time World Renew completed all of April’s distributions, we immediately launched into May’s.

World Renew has also used a Rapid Response grant in Zambia to provide personal protective equipment to two mission hospitals and their field clinics so medical staff can respond to COVID-19 safely.

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Partners In Zambia

World Renew works with the Reformed Church in Zambia to assist communities in need across the country. The Reformed Church in Zambia is split into Eastern and Western Regional programs. With the Eastern Diaconia Department (EDD), the main focus of EDD is their food security program.

Farm families are taught to grow increased quantities and quality of food in a sustainable way. Farmers are trained in agriculture techniques such as conservation farming, agro-forestry, crop diversity, dry season production, and marketing of crops. Paralleled with their Food Security program is a Primary Health program which teaches parents basic preventative health care measures every family can take and which monitors monthly the weight gain of children under five. Families of malnourished children are then given additional training on how to produce and cook highly nutritious food.

With the Western Diaconia Services, World Renew is supporting a National VSLA program bringing access to financial services to group members in the 7 Presbyteries in Zambia where RCZ has a presence. World Renew is also continuing their support for RCZ’s Diaconia Training program which seeks to empower congregations with the knowledge and tools to address some of their own social problems and community needs themselves utilizing their own resources.

World Renew has commenced a partnership with The United Church of Zambia.

UCZ is the largest protestant church in Zambia with over 1 million members. While we are only in the early stages of our partnership World Renew is supporting UCZ in a number of key areas. Through our Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Grant Program World Renew is assisting UCZ in a Livestock Development Program that will bring Animal husbandry and Artificial Insemination Services to remote cattle herding communities in Western Zambia. UCZ’s main point of entry into their communities in terms of development programming is through their missional congregation initiatives. These like RCZ’s Diaconia training program and our own focus on Church in the Community UCZ’s program encourages and empowers congregations to seek solutions to their own issues and development needs with their own resources.

Through our Disaster Response programming we are also assisting UCZ with a Water and Sanitation program in the Jacaimbo Refugee camp in North Western Province to bring clean running water in to UCZ’s Community Health centre, the permanent Health Care facility in the Camp which serves a refugee population of 60,000.

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