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Family Legacy has been called to work exclusively with the country of Zambia and specifically with the orphaned and vulnerable children who live there. Zambia is located in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a landlocked country slightly larger than the state of Texas.
There are 15 million people in Zambia and half of them are under the age of 16. This huge number is due to the high death rate from extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS.
Zambia has the 7th highest AIDS infection rate in the world.
The average life expectancy for a Zambian child at the time of their birth is 52 years old – compared to 78 in the US.
46% of Zambia’s population are children ages 14 or younger.
The youth dependency ratio is 87.1%. The youth dependency ratio is the ratio of the youth population (ages 0-14) per 100 people of working age (ages 15-64). A high youth dependency ratio indicates that a greater investment needs to be made in schooling and other services for children.
The average child in Zambia will attend school for only 7 years. Children are the primary caregivers in 25% of all household in Zambia.
Of the 6.5 million children in Zambia, more than 1 million of them are orphaned.
Conditions for these children are nearly impossible. With extremely high unemployment rates, between 64-69% of the population of Zambia must live on less than $1.25 a day.
For every 20,000 people in Zambia, there is only one trained physician – compared to nearly 54 physicians per 20,000 people in the US.
Every day we are working to bring hope to Zambian orphans living in these devastating conditions.