Our Vision for every child, life in all its fullness. Our Prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.
World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.
World Vision Zambia started its operations in 1981, and since its inception, has recorded significant growth and impact in its development initiatives. The organization started with three small community development projects in Mkushi. In 1995, World Vision Zambia started implementing the Area Development Programme (ADP) approach. This involved detailed planning and documentation, larger geographical area coverage, availability of significant amounts of financial resources, longer project life spans, and the recruitment of qualified staff.
In 2003, VisionFund Zambia, then called Harmos, was established, a micro finance subsidiary of World Vision, providing small business loans.
Today, VisionFund Zambia has over 32,000 active borrowers (65 percent female) with a total sum of US$6.7 million. Over 96,500 children are impacted through VisionFund’s operations. Since its inception, VisionFund Zambia has received funds through World Vision support offices including the United States of America (USA), Australia, Canada, Korea, New Zealand, United Kingdom (UK), Taiwan and Singapore.
Globally, World Vision International is currently reaching more than 100 million people in nearly 100 countries, serving all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
World Vision Zambia’s focus is on children in communities. Our work is therefore towards improved literacy, nutrition, household resilience and livelihood - all supported by improved protection of the children. World Vision Zambia is also mindful of meeting the expectations of supporters.
While there are five impact areas included in priority areas, we recognise that each of these areas is inter-related. A child within a family within a community requires each of these impact areas to be interconnected to bring about a holistic change in their life.
1. World Vision Zambia seeks to see improved literacy for children through equity and quality education.
We focus on improving functional literacy among the children in grades one to four and we strive to see to it that children are accessing effective teaching of literacy in core reading skills.
We want to see girls and boys participate effectively in literacy learning and that schools and other learning facilities have conducive environments.
2. World Vision Zambia also strives to see improved health status for mothers and children under five.
The approach we are taking is holistic and tackles health from different angles, such as behavior change communications, health promotion and education in nutrition, HIV/AIDS, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and direct protection against infections. We seek to advocate for sustainable provision of quality health services, in order to provide the communities we serve excellent opportunities to sustain good health for their children.
3. World Vision Zambia prioritises improved and resilient livelihood by enabling parents and caregivers to provide well for their children.
We seek to strengthen and secure past as well as ongoing efforts through enterprise development, built on the empowered biblical world view.
4. Based on our aspirations to support children to develop a strong character, we realise that the environment in which children grow up in needs to be supportive.
Hence, our focus on registration of children’s birth in order to be counted and acknowledged, and addressing especially the girl child’s health through advocating against child marriages on traditional leadership level and Governmental level. In conjunction with this we also focus to a lesser extent on the family environment children grow up in, to be stable in provision as well as stability in character formation.
World Vision Zambia advocates for an effective legal system for child protection, improved protection of children against harmful social norms and children grow in their awareness and experience of God’s love and maximize their God-given potential in their community.
5. World Vision Zambia aims to improve our partnerships with supporters through meeting strategic objectives and goals. We deepen relationship between ourselves and donors and supporters through meaningful and purposeful engagement. We commit ourselves as well to learn from their experience in supporting and technical areas where applicable.
World Vision Zambia seeks improved engagement with donors responding to their different motivations and needs and increased commitment to Zambian children.