Zambia is a country of thirteen and a half million people located in Africa. It has had a peaceful existence since gaining independence in 1964.
Life expectancy is only about 53 years. The biggest health care problem in Zambia today is AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome caused by the HIV virus). It is estimated that 1 out of 8 Zambians are infected with the HIV virus. The AIDS epidemic is affecting predominantly the young adult population, the group upon whom the social network relies: teachers, nurses, policemen, farm workers and other civil servants. Frequently the surviving parent is also sick with AIDS or from other endemic diseases common in Zambia (i.e., malnutrition, tuberculosis, malaria). Children are left orphaned and/or abandoned with no resources.
There are more than one million orphans in Zambia – giving it the highest per capita orphan rate in the world.
Our ministry is in the Mazabuka area, 125 kilometers south of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.
We work to improve:
- The infrastructure of schools and hospitals
- The educational opportunities for the poorest of the poor.
Care for the vulnerable and AIDS patients are an important aspect of our work. Every effort is made to improve the quality of care for patients in the local district hospital.
Finally, as we care for feeding the hungry and treating their many diseases, we are involved in a prayer ministry, parish ministry and Catechetical work in response to the great hunger for the Word of God in this area stricken by extreme poverty.