After inconsistent rains and prolonged dry spells, Zambia has hit a water and food shortage crisis.
The country is facing its worst food shortage in a decade, largely caused by flooding and drought last year. Planting was delayed in the fall because of the dry period, which pushed the harvest off this spring. What this means is the staple food production has suffered, specifically maize, rice, and wheat. Stores are limiting the bags available to be purchased while doubling the cost.

The result? Widespread hunger. Food security steals lives every day. Time lost gathering water and suffering from water-borne diseases limits people’s potential. Education is lost to sickness and caring for others that are merely trying to survive.
When the priority is survival, people can do desperate things: steal, drop out of school, or even turn to prostitution just to eat. In the villages where African Vision of Hope works, the impact will be felt among the most vulnerable: the children.
Taxing these childrens’ already weakened bodies is leading to starvation.

So how do we “do ministry” with hunger lurking in the community? Sometimes the only way to share Jesus is through a warm bowl of Nshima (porridge).

We are working with community leaders to come up with a solution. We have started a feeding program in our most rural schools by giving out large sacks of cornmeal to families of our African Vision of Hope students. All of our students will continue to get a warm meal every day providing them with the nutrition their body needs while providing the opportunity to grow up and stay healthy.

How is this crisis affecting Zambia?

How is this crisis affecting Zambia?

  • Early signs of worsening malnutrition in a region that already suffers from high rates of chronic famine.
  • Many children drop out of school due to hunger.
  • Severe malnourishment can impair growth and mental development of children under the age of five.
Who is most at risk?

Who is most at risk?

  • young children
  • nursing mothers
  • the elderly
  • those living with tuberculosis and/or HIV and AIDS

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
-Hebrews 13:16

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