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World Vision to feed 670,000 children

DARLINGTON MWENDABAI, Chipata
WORLD Vision Zambia is targeting to feed 670,000 vulnerable children across the country in the next five years.
The institution will ensure no child goes to bed without a meal or dies of poverty.
World Vision national director Mark Kelly said as a child-focused organisation, it will ensure no child dies of hunger in Zambia.
Mr Kelly said this recently in a speech read for him by World Vision operation and partnership manager for southern Region Clement Chipokolo during the organisation’s K100 million (US$10 million)  five- year Transforming Household Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) second phase project launch  in Chipata recently.
The project is targeting to improve productivity for 15, 000 small-scale farmers in Eastern, Muchinga and Northern provinces.
“Our five-year strategic goal is to contribute to the measurable and sustainable improvement in the well-being of 670,000 vulnerable children across the country through water, hygiene and sanitation, maternal and child health, literacy and sustainable enterprise and economic development,” he said.
Mr Kelly said THRIVE phase one which focused on Northern Province impacted more than 3, 500 people.
He said as farmers get socially and economically-empowered, no family should live under extreme poverty, and no child should go to bed without a meal.
He said according to the living condition monitoring survey, about 41 percent of Zambians are living in extreme poverty, and more than 76 percent of the population in rural areas are poor.
Mr Kelly said this means at least eight people out of 10 in Luwingu, Katete or Mpika are not having access to their basic needs.
He said with concerted efforts from partners like Government, the lives of 50, 000 children from Katete, Mpika, Luwingu and Kasama districts will be improved through socially and economically empowering small-scale farmers.


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