Zambia

Zambia, a landlocked country in south-central Africa.The country is mostly a plateau that is surrounded by eight countries including Angola, Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. On its border with Zimbabwe is the Victoria Falls – famed for its mist indigenously called Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “Smoke that Thunders” – plunging a misty 108m into narrow Batoka Gorge. The capital of Zambia is Lusaka, but the copper rich towns of Kitwe and Chingola in the Copperbelt region are at the center of mining activities in the country.

Timeline

1964 – Zambia gains independence from British colonial rule and the Republic of Zambia was formed under Kenneth Kaunda’s UNIP party.

1972 – Zambia becomes a one-party state, with UNIP as the only legal party.

1990-91 – Growing opposition to UNIP’s monopoly on power led to the rise of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) following significant unrest across the country. Fredrick Chiluba was elected president with resounding victory

1998 – In its first overseas operation following its formation, ACT begins work in Chingola, in the Copperbelt region, in partnership with Life Gospel Fellowship.

1999 – ACT extends work to Ndola in partnership with Hands of Mercy.

2001 – Zambia appeals for aid to feed some 2 million people after poor harvests caused by floods and drought.

2001-04 – ACT had extended its work across the Copper region to Mufulira, Solwezi and Kasempa and also operating in Lusaka.

2010 – UN updates its Human Development Index, which suggests Zambia is now worse off than in 1970, partly due to AIDS.

2017 – President Lungu says he wants to introduce compulsory HIV testing to make Zambia free of the disease by 2030.


Quick Facts

GDP per capita: 1,509. 80 USD (2017)

Population: 17.09 million (2017)

Largest cities: Lusaka (the capital), Kitwe, Chipata, Ndola

Language: English

Median age: 16.8 years (2019)

Literacy rate: 63.4% ; Male – 70.9%, Female – 56% (2015)

Orphans: Over one million

60% of people live below the poverty line (2016)

Zambia is relatively highly urbanized with over 1/3 of the population living in cities.

Over 90% of energy produced in Zambia is sustainable hydro-electric power.


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Geography

Zambia is a landlocked country which borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Mozambique to the east, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south, and Namibia and Angola to the west.

Places of Interest: Victoria Falls, Devil’s Pool, Kalambo Falls, Lake Kariba, Shiwa Ngandu


 

ACT in Zambia


When?

ACT started its overseas operation in October 1998, in Chingola, Zambia, Copperbelt region, in partnership with Life Gospel Fellowship (LGF) and supporting its first child, Christine.  The number of children supported increased to 5 in 1999 and 23 in 2000. The work extended to Ndola in 1999 and Mufulira in 2003. By 2005 ACT was operating in Solwezi and Kasempa and had extended its work to Lusaka, working with the Good Samaritan School.

In 2019 the numbers of children supported on full scholarships and welfare support was 1200. Many of the recipients have graduated from tertiary education currently at university other institutions of higher learning. More than 500 recipients are gainfully employed, married and having their children.

ACT Facts:

The first ACT child, Christine, was seven years old when she received support. The only girl child in a family of eight children her mother despaired after her husband died, concerned that her seventh child and the only girl would ever be educated because she did not have the financial means to send her children to school. Christine completed secondary school in 2009 and is now working in Zambia.

Several project have been carried out in a number of secondary schools in Chingola and Mufulira, to improve quality of education. These include donations of books to school libraries as well as items to encourage sports, games and art, as extracurricular activities.