Situated in one of the poorest countries in sub-Saharan Africa, this community of approximately 4,500 people faces a number of spiritual, economic, and humanitarian challenges. Chibolya is known for the open sale of drugs, as well as for alcoholism, robberies, extreme poverty, and gender-based violence. The village has a very high unemployment rate which adds to the previous issues. It is located approximately 35 kilometers from the capital, Lusaka. Chibolya sits in Chongwe Town, the district office for Chongwe district, in an area of mostly rural farmsteads. A large portion of Zambia is made up of subsistence farmers and agriculture is a major part of the Zambian economy, although not the largest part of its GDP.
In Zambia over 60 percent of people live below the poverty line and 42 percent are classified as extremely poor. Most live on less than $1.90 per day, including many in Chibolya. Food insecurity is high because many people do not have access to a regular food supply. Due to high food prices families spend approx. 64 percent of their income on basic food needs.
We seek to bring an integrated approach to working alongside the people in this community, unlocking the potential in the people we meet. We do this by seeking where God is already working. The areas of focus are:
- Business Training and Empowerment
- Public Health
- Addiction Recovery
- Youth Ministry
- Vulnerable Women & Girls
- Discipleship & Bible Study
We are always looking for others to help us in these as well as other areas to transform the community of Chibolya.