ChildFund works in the rural district of Luangwa in Zambia, near the confluence of the mighty Zambezi and Luangwa rivers. Its geographical location means that wild animals roam free in these communities. Animal-human conflict is a regular occurrence resulting in damaged crops and sometimes loss of human life. ChildFund works with ChildFund Zambia and the Luangwa Child Development Agency to reach four communities in Luangwa. As the only NGO working in this part of Zambia, ChildFund’s work is key to community development.
· 35% of people have no access to safe drinking water
· 54% of people have no access to sanitation facilities.
· Many children are forced to drop out of school due to financial hardship, pregnancy, early marriage or illness.
· Malaria is endemic, particularly amongst children and pregnant women.
What Do Children Want?
Children want a community where they have:
· Food security
· Clean water
· Safe sanitation facilities
· Enough water for crops
· Access to early childhood education and development
· Quality education
· Good nutrition
· Children vaccinated
· Access to quality healthcare
· Children are safe and protected
· Children’s rights are respected