Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Why Zambia?

Zambia is located in sub-Saharan Africa and is a country about the size of the state of Texas. It has a population of about 12 million people with over 3 million living in the capital city of Lusaka.
Of the 12 million people in Zambia, half of them are under the age of 16. That means half of the country is children. This huge number is due to the high death rate from extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS. Of the 6 million children in Zambia, more than 1 million of them are orphaned.
Think about all of the people you know over the age of 40. Now imagine a country where the oldest person you know is 40. The average life expectancy in Zambia is 38 years old. This is due to Zambia having the 5th highest death rate in the world.
How many times do you spend a dollar in a day? Chances are you could find a dollar in coins in your car or stuffed into your couch cushions, but in a country with almost 70% unemployment finding a dollar is not as easy. About 86% of the population of Zambia lives on less than $1 a day.

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