More than a quarter of a million children in Zambia are not enrolled in school. We provide children in Livingstone, who wouldn't otherwise have it, with the opportunity to go to school. The sponsorship money pays school fees for a year, a set of uniform and shoes, a school bag, stationary, exercise books, and necessary text books. In addition, 29.5% of the sponsorship fee goes into a fund to improve the quality of education for all students at the school, both now and in the future.
Zambia is an exceedingly poor country with 78% of the population living on less than a dollar a day. 47% of children in Zambia do not finish primary school and 65% of the children who do complete primary do not enter secondary school. 41% of Zambian children are forced into labour and almost 1 million girls in Zambia are forced into early marriage every year. It is estimated that 9.7 million children may never return to school after the COVID-19 pandemic.
We provide children, identified and assessed by our local community partners, with the opportunity to go to school through sponsorship donations. In Zambia, students are required to write exams at the end of grade 7 and 9 in order to continue to the next grade. Last year, 100% of the students in our program passed and were able to begin grade 8 and 10. Many of the students in our Sponsor a Child program go on to post-secondary studies, which for many families is a dream come true.
Without education, children will not have the tools to thrive at future jobs and the cycle of poverty will continue through generations. A formal education gives children and young adults the opportunity to develop skills that will allow them to earn a living and support themselves, their families, and their communities in the future. "African Impact Foundation has helped me because I get a chance to learn and secure my future." - Sponsor a Child Student