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.

Food Security

Community Health


After years of pronounced drought, the rains have continued well in Zambia and a good harvest is expected across the country. That being said, the economy is still sluggish due to concerns about an upcoming election in August and the ongoing impact of COVID-19. Infection levels have reduced from earlier highs in the last years, and Zambia just received a first batch of vaccines which are being distributed countrywide.

Pray that vaccines are allocated to those with the highest priority, and that people do not become complacent about COVID.

COVID-19 has crippled local communities in Zambia. Some estimates say humanitarian progress has been set back 25 years by this pandemic. Your gifts to Zambia go straight towards allowing World Renew to continue and, hopefully, scale up our programming in response. We can’t meet these needs without you.

Partners In Zambia

World Renew has collaborated with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) since 1994. This partnership has focused on capacity development of their Relief and Development department in Lundazi, Chasefu, and Lumezi.

CCAP has implemented strong grassroots community development initiatives through their congregational structure in the areas of education, food security, and livelihoods. The current programming builds on these foundations to implemented strong and integrated programs based on food security, nutrition, livelihood, and gender equality.

The Reformed Church of Zambia (RCZ) is World Renew’s oldest partner in the region. This partnership was formed in 1991 in response to a request for assistance during a period of extended drought in the early 1990’s. World Renew works with RCZ to assist communities in need across the country.

The partnership has had a diverse programmatic focus with significant interventions in the areas of education, HIV/AIDS, disaster response, food security and livelihoods. Current programming with RCZ supports the implementation of the Church in Community program, and food security, livelihoods and resilience programming in Vubwi and Chadiza, in collaboration with TEARFUND Australia.

Food security programming includes teaching farm families 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.

The United Church of Zambia (UCZ) is World Renews newest and largest partner in Zambia. UCZ is the largest protestant church in Zambia with over 1 million members. The size and reach of UCZ provide opportunities to increase the scale and impact of our programming.

While we are only in the early stages of our partnership World Renew is supporting UCZ in a number of key areas. The full partnership was approved in 2017, and from 2015 to 2020 the UCZ implemented several large disaster response programs in Western Zambia, specifically Mwandi and Shangombo. This is in response to years of erratic rainfall with funds from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and UK Aid.

UCZ’s main point of entry into their communities in terms of development programming is through missional congregation initiatives. The Church in the Community program encourages and empowers congregations to seek solutions to their own issues and development needs with their own resources. This program is being implemented in various districts across Zambia.

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