When told stories about children and families living in poverty, we usually empathize with their circumstances and comment “I cannot imagine being in their situation and living that way.” And it is true, because we live in such a drastically different reality than our brothers and sisters on the other side of the globe. So different, in fact, that we can struggle to put ourselves in their shoes and truly realize just how opposite our worlds are. It is hard to wrap your head around percentages and numbers when you have nothing to compare it to. Step into some tattered sneakers and take a walk through the numbers with us. If Zambia was your home instead of the United States you would…
– Die 37 years sooner.
- The life expectancy in Zambia is 43 years old, while in the USA it is 80. Thirty-seven years is a lot of life to miss out on.
– Likely have no electricity.
- Only 30% of Zambians have electricity. Think of how many things in your life revolve around the use of electricity. Your job, your daily tasks, your home, everything is electrically centered. In the USA, 100% of our population has access to power. In Zambia, many people live in mud huts. Those who live in homes or work in offices with electricity accessibility are often without power because of the unreliability of the electrical grid and companies who run it.
– Probably be starving.
- Over 50% of Zambia’s population is starving. They are the 3rd hungriest country on the planet. Children under 5 years old only have a 40% chance of survival due to starvation and malnourishment, and if they do survive their growth is likely stunted. Get used to a rumbly tummy.
– Make over 97% less money.
- The GDP per capita in Zambia is a stingy $1,800 (and that is for the “well-off” portion of the population), while in the USA it is $52,800. This means that “fortunate” population Zambians live on less than $5 a day, while the majority of Zambians live on close to $1 a day. It is no wonder there are so many starving children and no money to pay for school fees.
– Drink dirty water
- Only 1/3 of the Zambian population has access to clean water. That means most people are drinking dirty, bacteria-ridden water that is making them sick and spreading disease.
– Have a 5% chance of graduating high school.
- The more education they have, the more likely they are to break their cycle of poverty.
Zambia isn’t your home, but it is home to one million orphans who hold Zambia’s future in their hands. African Vision of Hope has 2,500 of these future engineers, doctors, leaders, teachers and preachers in our 5 schools. Partner with us and join the fight to end extreme poverty in Zambia, one child at a time. Zambia will be blessed in the future by the children of today, so let’s ensure that future is a bright one! If you are seeking purpose and significance for yourself and the generations to come, invest in the life of a child.