Give thanks that almost all of our partner's support groups for disabled children are now up and running again, after an enforced closure during lockdown. There are now 16 groups, including new groups in Musenga and Chililabombwe, serving more than 530 children in the last quarter. Let’s thank God that the Solwezi support group was able to find a meeting place after our partner made a presentation about its work to local church elders and volunteers. Please pray for a meeting venue for the Ngwerere group too.
In spite of restrictions brought on by the pandemic, Samalani Children at Risk (SCAR), Viva’s partner network of 75 churches in Zambia, has increased its activities and outreach in Lusaka. SCAR ran the Good Treatment Campaign towards the end of 2021, reaching more than 1,000 children and over 2,000 adults. The Campaign focuses on ensuring that adults in the communities know how to treat children better and that children understand how they should be treated. Additionally, through Viva’s phone mentoring programme, 10 mentors are supporting 74 families (including almost 300 children). Pray for SCAR to continue to be able to reach the most vulnerable children and those hit hardest by the pandemic, especially the network members who have lost livelihoods.
Give thanks for an opportunity that BCT's local partner has had to set up a new support group for children with disabilities and their parents, making 16 groups in total. Praise God that church leaders have already identified local children who would benefit from this group! Pray that many more churches will set up similar groups this year, inspired by our partner's example and training sessions.
By providing wheelchairs, therapeutic shoes and mobility aids, our partner in Zambia is literally transforming children’s lives, building their independence and relieving the pressures on their family. Please pray that the team will be able to access materials for artificial limbs at affordable prices; there is a chronic shortage of such materials and a growing list of children in real need of them.
Please pray with us for primary school students in Kabompo, a marginalised community in the poorest district in Zambia. After months of missed school, pupils take crucial primary leaving exams in November. Pray that the catch-up course funded by Global Care in September helped the children, pray they will know God’s peace as they sit the exams, and pray the education they have received will change the outcomes for all of these children.
Pray for the protection of children in Zambia during this crisis. Many of the children are not accessing any learning as schools have closed due to the containment measures put in place to avoid the spread of Covid-19. A lot of families are struggling and cannot afford the cost associated with online learning. Pray that the government will put in place strategies that will ensure that no child is left behind in terms of learning. Pray for God's guidance, wisdom and resources for Tehila Zambia as we respond to the challenges facing children during this crisis through our "Protecting Children Together" Radio programme and Food distribution programme to vulnerable families in the communities that we serve.
Give thanks for our Zambian partners who provide education and welfare support in impoverished rural communities. Pray for them as they distribute support to vulnerable families during the current crisis.
For poverty to be effectively addressed in many developing countries, the governments need to have the determination to bring about change. Thank God for positive signs in parts of Africa, pray against the corruption that threatens in other places. Please pray for fruitful relationships between the Zambian government and organisations seeking the best for the most vulnerable children and families in Zambia, so that children receive the opportunities to eventually contribute meaningfully to their nation. (Hope for Kids International)
In Luapula, Zambia, a youth camp has developed into a youth leaders’ training course to impact young people and bring a solution to a generation so often looked down upon, yet key to the future of the church. The need has grown so much that we receive many calls to go and train young people in other areas. We are currently able to offer 25 students from Mwena and surrounding areas three days’ training every second month. However, we hope to start courses in other centres to maximise the number of people equipped as youth leaders. Please pray for God’s provision to meet the needs of young people.
Please pray for the people of Zambia, in particular those dealing with disabilities such as sight loss. Torch has recently worked in partnership with a Christian outreach college to help make their discipleship course and library books accessible to blind and partially sighted people. It is so important to ensure that people with sight loss have the appropriate tools and support to thrive as members of communities.
Although children’s right to education is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, many children are denied that right. In Zambia, discrimination against those living with disability means that many disabled children do not have access to school. Praise God for the work of Wukwashi, an organisation working hard to improve access to education for such children. Recently, some of the children for who Wukwashi has found schools were interviewed in national TV about disabled children’s rights to education.
Today there are almost nine million people in Africa who suffer from blindness, with many times that number partially sighted. Every year, tens of thousands of free magazines with Christian content in Braille, giant print and audio formats are distributed to blind people across Africa. Most of these go to Malawi, Nigeria, Kenya and Zambia. In addition to these magazines, organisations such as Torch Trust also produce various scripture portions and songbooks in Braille in languages such as Chichewa, Shona, Sena, Hausa, Bemba, Igala and Tumbuka. Pray that God would work through these resources to transform the lives of blind and partially sighted people with the gospel.
Population: 16,212,000 (2015)
Official languages: English
GDP (PPP) per capita: $1,342 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 49 years
Religions: 46% Protestant, 23% Catholic, 22% indigenous beliefs, 5% Muslim, 2% Bahá'í, 2% other religions