Over 7 million children in Zambia…Only 53% will finish 7th grade.

Where We Work

Ng’ombe is a shanty compound in the capital city of Zambia with more than 95,000 residents.  The compound is packed tightly with small, cinder block homes – most of which have no running water or electricity.   Dusty roads weaving in and out of these houses are littered with trash.  Makeshift market stands of old wood, cardboard boxes, and sheets of plastic are scattered throughout with individuals selling tomatoes, cooking oil, groundnuts, eggs, and other essentials.

No matter where you travel in Ng’ombe, you will always find children – playing by the roadside, selling at the market, fetching water, sweeping their houses.  There are more than 50,000 children living in Ng’ombe.

Like much of Zambia, Ng’ombe has been significantly affected by poverty and disease.

In Zambia today…

  • 69% of the population lives on less than $1.25 each day.
  • The average life expectancy is 49 years.
  • Nearly 1 million people are living with HIV.
  • 39% of the country drinks unclean water, causing life-threatening waterborne diseases.
  • Of 13 million people, 1.2 million are orphans.

These numbers represent the lives of thousands living in Ng’ombe compound.  Mothers.  Fathers.  Children.  Each with a name and story hoping for a better future.

Access to quality education is a rare thing for most of the children in Ng’ombe.  With only 2 government schools in the compound, there aren’t enough classrooms, desks, or books for the more than 50,000 children.  Because of this, the most vulnerable children attend community schools – those that have been developed by volunteers, and receive no funding, resources, or training.