We've arrived in Lundazi!
April 06, 2016
BENEFITING: Mission Presbytery
According to the 2015 World Food Programme Hunger Map, Zambia currently experiences a malnutrition rate that exceeds 35% of the population. Complicating this situation are population growth projections for Africa in the range of 10% by the year 2050. Further, sub-Saharan Africa is projected to be one of the regions most impacted by the affects of climate change, during the same time period.
10 Facts About Hunger in Zambia-World Food Programme
- Sixty percent of people in Zambia live below the poverty line and 42 percent are considered to be extremely poor.
- The prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among adults is 14.3 percent.
- The number of HIV and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) orphans is estimated at 1.5 million which means that one in five children in the country is an orphan.
- The prevalence of stunting in children - low growth for age - is 40 percent.
- The prevalence of anemia is 53 percent among children under five years of age and 30 percent among women of child-bearing age.
- Fifteen percent of children in Zambia are underweight.
- More than 350,000 people in the country are food insecure, i.e. they do not have access to a regular supply of healthy food. (Per updated information from the Zambia Vulnerability Assessment Committee, the number projected, due to crop conditions, through April, 2016, is 798,948).
- The mortality rate among under-fives is 75/1000 live births (a decline in recent years but still high in rural areas).
- The infant mortality rate is 45/1000 live births (a decline in recent years but still high in rural areas).
- In both rural and urban households, poverty levels are highest amongst female-headed households with extreme poverty levels of more than 60 percent in rural areas and 15 percent in urban areas.
The primary focus of the work Charles and Melissa Johnson are doing at Chasefu Theological College and Model Farm, located in Eastern Zambia, is addressing poverty, by increasing income for subsistence farmers, including pastors. In addition to working in agricultural development, the Johnsons are working to strenghten the effectiveness of local efforts in the areas of clean water, micro-credit, public health and education. Central to their work is that all efforts lead to sustainability.
Charles and Melissa are mission co-workers with Presbyterian World Mission, and work in partnership with the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian Synod of Zambia (CCAP/Zambia). Although their work is driven by their Christian faith, the work is universal, and is intended to benefit all who they come into contact with in Zambia, and through the sustainable approach to their efforts.
To ensure the continuity of their work, Charles and Melissa are raising funds to support the work of their mission; please consider supporting their work in Zambia.