Help Save Children in Zambia

Many Zambian children, especially those living in communities lacking roads and infrastructure, struggle to access healthcare, education and basic services. But there is hope: In 2013, Zambia initiated a Basic Education program. This program focuses on improving the learning outcomes of children in primary school, giving them hope for a brighter future and a chance to break the cycle of poverty.

The Challenge for Zambia's Children

Living in poverty, with little access to healthcare and education, children in Zambia need your help.*

  • 56% of girls 15 and older are literate
  • 64 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 21% of school-age children are out of school
  • 41% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 54% of people live in poverty
Map of Zambia

Our Work for Children in Zambia

Save the Children has worked in Zambia since 1983. In that short time we have helped children in Zambia access quality healthcare, education, protection and nutrition services. We used this initial time to focus our resources on implementing programs in the largest district in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. The area remains the least developed in terms of infrastructure, social amenities and road networks. In 2013, Zambia began to scale up its two Sponsorship-funded programs: Early Childhood Care and Development and Basic Education.


  • Protected 259,545 children from harm
  • Supported 7,291 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 97,430 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 4,249 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs

How to Help Children in Zambia

Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in Zambia, and around the world, survive and thrive.

Sponsor a Zambian Child
Be the hero in the life of a child in need. Sponsor a child in Zambia and help them grow up healthy, educated and safe.

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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