Mbala Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


Eight new savings groups provided interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services, empowering them to plan for the future, start businesses, and meet their children’s basic needs. This brought the total number of savings groups to 37. We trained 500 vegetable farmers in business management skills so they could market and sell their products to diversify household income. We trained 480 bean farmers in improved agricultural techniques that increased production and generated more household income. To increase livestock production, we trained 287 farmers in goat raising and linked them to local markets to sell their goat milk and meat. To improve the nutritional status of children, we trained 177 health educators to provide cooking demonstrations to mothers on healthy ways to prepare meals for malnourished children. 876 pregnant women attended prenatal appointments, and 400 infants were born with the assistance of a skilled attendant after we trained community-based birth attendants to encourage pregnant women to use health services. World Vision constructed 30 latrines in three schools so that 1,690 students could learn in a clean, sanitary environment and be protected from disease and infection. To ensure that girls stay in school, we trained Parent Teacher Associations to educate other parents in the community about discouraging early marriage and keeping their daughters in school. 232 children attended life-skills classes where they were taught about HIV prevention and other good life decisions.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Environment|Protection|Advocacy|


  • Zambia>Northern


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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