In Western Zambia, a heartbreaking crisis unfolds as thousands of vulnerable children find themselves without a place to call home. The relentless grip of HIV/AIDS has left countless young souls orphaned and vulnerable.
The plight of these innocent and vulnerable children is furthermore exaggerated by the high incidence of child abuse and desperate poverty. For these young ones, life is an uphill battle, a struggle for survival every single day.
Amidst this sea of adversity, a beacon of hope shines brightly – Village of Hope – Mongu.
Our mission is unwavering: to bring lasting hope to these children at risk, to nurture their dreams, and to empower them to embrace adulthood as independent and contributing members of society. We believe that every child, no matter their circumstances, deserves the chance to flourish and succeed.
You, too, can be a part of this transformative journey. Through our child sponsorship program, you have the power to make a profound difference in a child’s life. Your support is not just a donation; it’s an investment in a brighter future, a chance for a child to thrive, learn, and grow.
Join us and experience the joy of witnessing a young life develop, as together, we create a world where hope conquers despair and dreams are realized.
Together, we can change the narrative for these vulnerable children and offer them a chance at a brighter tomorrow.
Children from preschool-Grade 12 attend school 5 days per week at various hours of the day during school terms. The school consists of early-childhood classes, primary and secondary school. Our school follows the government curriculum but adds in additional creative courses and physical education to the school day.
Currently we have 815 children in the school. Every child receives social support from their teachers, education at the school, quality healthcare through our health clinic, and one nutritious meal every day.
At our Children’s Homes, we want to ensure that children are being looked after physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Currently we have a total of 46 children in the children’s homes. We also have 5 youth boys in our transitional youth housing. We have been able to successfully reintegrate 7 children into their families over the last 2 years.
Each house has a full-time mother who is there day and night and is the primary caregiver for the children in her care. The homes also have the assistance of an aunty who comes in on weekdays from 8-4 who help with the washing, dishes, cooking lunch, and general childcare. The aunties also fill in for the mothers when they have their “day-off”.
In Zambia, each child is expected to visit a healthcare facility 12 times per year. In 2021 the average time a child visited a healthcare facility was about 3 times per year. 60% of people live in poverty in the province. Thereby families cannot afford to purchase the medicines their child need and the condition of the child is left untreated.
Our pediatric clinic exists to provide excellent primary healthcare to children in Mongu. Our clinic’s patient load comes from all of the children that are part of VOH Mongu programs, which averages around 900 children. Additionally, the clinic is open to all children in the community who are not part of the VOH programs. As part of providing excellent healthcare, our clinic keeps stock of all the medicines needed to treat the most common childhood illnesses and provides these to families free of charge.
Child welfare is a massive problem in Western Zambia. Arguably the largest of these issues, is malnourishment in early childhood. About 8 out of every 100 children born alive, will never see their 5th birthday due to malnourishment.
At Save a Life severely malnourished children are admitted to the Save a Life Centre where they receive the medical care and the food they need to fully recover. We also educate and help the child’s caregiver to understand how to care for the child once they leave the program after 6 months.
We aim to see all children with special needs in the Western Province of Zambia have access to a program (i.e., Champions Club) that will:
The Discipleship Center is there for children to come to after school and spend their afternoon in an encouraging environment. There is room for extra classes and homework, children can develop their skills like singing, playing an instrument or even photography and it’s a safe space to talk to someone when needed.
We also run Child Safety from the Discipleship Center with someone available for the children to speak to whenever needed.
We have a food sustainability project that provides VOH with income, training for our students, and a reliable food source. We do this by raising chickens and running a fish farm. Once the chickens and fish are old enough, we sell them to people in the community at a price where we can make a profit and put money back into these projects.