Winfreda Malilave with water

Winfreda Malilave holding a glass of clean water from a CAFOD-funded borehole.

Several million people in Zambia live in poverty and are recovering from a serious food crisis that followed a drought earlier this year. Underlying health conditions such as malnutrition and HIV will also make many poor families vulnerable to coronavirus.

Why CAFOD works in Zambia

Declining copper prices and prolonged drought have seriously damaged Zambia's economy, and three-quarters of its ten million people live on less than 60 pence per day.

The HIV epidemic has become a major health and development problem in Zambia with 1 in 5 people estimated to have HIV. A serious food crisis also hit the country earlier this year.

Read more about the serious food crisis affecting Zambia

Our work in Zambia

CAFOD has worked through local experts in Zambia for many years.

With your donations, together we are:

  • Providing emergency food packages - we give out food aid to families affected by drought and have the experience to deliver emergency food during the coronavirus crisis.
  • Setting up community gardens so people can grow enough food to eat.
  • Setting up boreholes and wells, and training local people to fix them when they break down so that communities have vital access to clean water.
  • Helping people plan and adapt to future droughts and training them in business skills so that they can rebuild after the coronavirus emergency.

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