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Mary’s Meals reaches more than 400,000 children every school day in Zambia

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Life in Zambia

Zambia is currently ranked 154 out of 191 countries and territories in the Human Development Index (HDI)Around 61% of the population lives below the international poverty line ($2.15 USD a day).

The World Food Program estimates that one million people in Zambia have insufficient food consumption and, with survival taking precedence over education, many of Zambia's primary school-aged children drop out of school early.

Zambia is a landlocked country situated on a plateau in South-central Africa. It takes its name from the Zambezi River, which starts in Zambia and flows through countries including Angola, Namibia and Botswana, before meeting the Indian Ocean. Zambia is bordered by Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Angola to the west, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique to the south, and Malawi to the east.  Zambia has a mostly humid, sub-tropical climate with an average rainfall of 34 inches per year (falling mostly in December). It is mostly high, flat terrain and less than 5% of the land is suitable for farming crops.

The country suffers from high rates of malnutrition, poverty and food insecurity. For those children who are able to attend school, one million go to class hungry.

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Mary's Meals in Zambia

Mary’s Meals has been serving school meals to children in Zambia since 2014 and the program has grown significantly in recent years.

We are the main provider of school meals in the 11 districts where we operate in the Eastern Province: Chadiza, Chasefu, Chipangali, Chipata, Kasenengwa, Katete, Lumezi, Lundazi, Mambwe, Sinda, and Vubwi. We work in collaboration with representatives from the Zambian Ministry of Education and other key stakeholders.

We are currently providing more than 400,000 children across the country with daily meals in school with the help of dedicated volunteer cooks.

When did we start working in Zambia?

Marys’ Meals has been serving school meals to hungry children In Zambia since 2014

How many children do we feed in Zambia?

We are currently serving meals to more than 400,000 children across 11 districts.

What meal do we provide?

Maize and soya porridge (fortified with vitamins and minerals).

Where are we based/where do we operate?

Our school feeding program operates in 11 districts in Zambia and we are the main provider of school meals in each of the areas where we work: Chadiza, Chasefu, Chipangali, Chipata, Kasenengwa, Katete, Lumezi, Lundazi, Mambwe, Sinda and Vubwi.

What is the capital city of Zambia?

The capital city of Zambia is Lusaka

What language(s) are spoken in Zambia?

Zambia’s official language is English, but there are more than 70 different languages and dialects spoken throughout the country

What is the population of Zambia?

The population of Zambia is 20,290,000

What currency is used in Zambia?

Zambian Kwacha (ZMW)