In Zambia, the devastating effect of the AIDS pandemic has resulted in a generation of orphans, many of whom must raise younger siblings on the streets. Children as young as 10 years old are forced into the role of "head of household," finding for their siblings survival scavenging for food in trashcans and alleys, begging, or engaging in prostitution or manual labor. They have no access to health care and become vulnerable to malnutrition as resources dwindle. They sleep on bare floors, many with no blankets. Those that have a bed, often have no mattress.
In the capital city of Lusaka alone, there are an estimated 100,000 children living and/or working on the streets. Established in 2000 by PCI and the Fountain of Hope, Africa KidSAFE (Shelter, Advocacy, Food, and Education) program is a network of partners addressing the street children crisis in Zambia and providing OVC with shelter, food, medical care, counseling, education, and skills training.
Working in partnership with PCI and the Fountain of Hope, SCF helped fund a kitchen, dining hall and medical clinic that serves thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children.Since 2002, the feeding center serves approximately 600 meals per day to children who live on the streets of Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. The center also provides clothing, shoes, education supplies, soap and hygiene supplies.The Lusaka feeding program is designed to provide at least one meal a day to these children. $25 will feed a child for a month. Please help.