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Young Life Zambia

Reaching the young people of Zambia

In 2021, Young Life leaders in Zambia knew 520 kids by name. On average about 25 kids attended weekly outreach clubs, while about 34 kids also attended weekly Bible studies in order to grow in their faith. With one incredible national staff member, 33 faithful volunteer leaders and 10 ministries, Young Life in Zambia is poised for growth.

In 2021, 520 teens were known by name in Zambia.

Zambia

  • Population: 18,326,846
  • Main languages: English, Bemba, Lusaka
  • Kids Known by Name: 520

Zambia summary

The colors used in the flag of Zambia are rich in symbolism: green stands for the nation’s lush flora, red for the nation’s struggle for freedom, black for the Zambian people and orange for the land’s natural resources and mineral wealth. In 1964, Zambia gained independence from Britain, and has struggled to develop a consistent political system. Zambia is said to have over 70 languages, and nearly 70 different ethnicities are represented in its poor and young population. Zambia is made up of mostly Protestants and Roman Catholics. There is a 15% unemployment rate, and 60.5% of the population was below the poverty line as of 2010. 53% of the population is under the age of 18.

Young Life launched in Zambia in 2013. In April of 2016, Young Life Africa held its first ever camp in Zambia. Area Director Banji Simasiku and her team welcomed 100 kids who experienced the best time of their lives and heard the life-changing story of Jesus Christ. Associate Regional Director Nkosi Sampindi bussed up to camp with a team from Zimbabwe to do program, speaking and work crew. Martin Wamalwa, Kenya regional director, helped Banji train and organize the camp. This was an all-Africa effort and is the culmination of four years of God’s work. The result--all 100 kids said “yes” to Jesus! These kids returned home with their leaders and began discipleship training, beginning their Christian walk.

In 2021, Young Life leaders in Zambia knew 520 kids by name. On average about 25 kids attended weekly outreach clubs, while about 34 kids also attended weekly Bible studies in order to grow in their faith. With one incredible national staff member, 33 faithful volunteer leaders and 10 ministries, Young Life in Zambia is poised for growth.

Our impact

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Growth (2021)
Kids Known by Name 228
520
128%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 210 213 223 191 516
24
-95%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 20 40 114 49 121
34
-72%
Number of Ministries 3 5 5 6 10
10
0%
National Staff 1 1 1 1 1
1
0%
DGL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 89 170 0 30 174 0 -100%

Our ministries

Young Life launched in Zambia in 2013. In April of 2016, Young Life Africa held its first-ever camp in Zambia.

Current ministry.

Young Life club ministry in Zambia began with 2 schools in mid-2015, and Campaigner ministry has been growing steady ever since.

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