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.
COUNTRY COVID UPDATE
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.