“OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) are groups of children that experience negative outcomes, such as the loss of their education, morbidity, and malnutrition, at higher rates than do their peers. To be protected from negative outcomes and / or allowed participation, OVC need to be given special attention to remove the barriers that stand in the way of their equal participation in projects designed to benefit all children, or through special project components and targeting strategies tailored to their needs.” (The World Bank, 2005)
Partnering locally to develop capacity-building, sustainable, and reproducible solutions to urgent problems faced by impoverished communities.
- Safe water, sanitation & hygiene
- Health care
- Protection of the vulnerable
As a 501(c)3 we are committed to keeping our overhead expenses transparent, low and lean so that our resources serve those that need it most.
Why are children orphaned and vulnerable in Zambia?
- Reason #1: HIV has taken the lives of the adults in their homes and their communities
- Reason #2: Poverty is extreme and unrelenting in Zambia
- Reason #3: Infrastructure lags behind the need in most communities
Zambia is a developing nation, impeded by cycles of extreme poverty and compounded by limited opportunity for education and good health because of disease, insecure nutrition and water, inadequate sanitation and hygiene and lack of health care in their communities.
We believe protection, nurture, nutrition, health care, and education are the basic needs for growing healthy children and the foundation for developing healthy adults. Parents, caregivers, and communities in Zambia have done their best at providing each of these for their children. Unfortunately, poverty, AIDS, and struggling infrastructure limits the capacity of local communities to provide comprehensive, essential services.
LUKA International Foundation endeavors to remove the barriers that stand in the way of Zambian orphans and vulnerable children realizing their potential.