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Restoring their laughter

What does it mean to enjoy a “normal” childhood?

It’s a question so many girls and boys in Zambia ponder every day. Sadly, far too few of them know how to answer — their youthful innocence shattered by harsh realities they cannot control:

  • More than one million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS
  • As many as 20,000 acting as heads-of-household
  • Nearly 100,000 under the age of five dying every year
  • Countless youth victimized by trafficking, abuse and life on the streets

You can help us change this.

Since 1982, when Salesian missionaries first arrived in the northwestern village of Kazembe, we have been serving Zambia’s most impoverished children with the programs and services they need to address most of their urgent, and longer-term, needs.

“In everything we do, we treat youth with kindness,” says Brother Robert Malusa, who serves in Lufubu. “And you can see the impact of that kindness on their faces: they smile again!”

With your support, we can extend this kindness to many more deserving children — in Zambia, and around the world.

You see, when we lift their daily burdens of poverty and despair — when we feed and clothe them, shelter and protect them, and introduce them to the life-changing power of education — we reconnect them with the simple joys of being a kid. What a gift!

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Joy and Hope for Misheck

When Misheck was very little, his father unexpectedly passed away — leaving Misheck, his young mother Prudence, and his two younger brothers alone.

The Healing Power of Play

“Since receiving the [soccer] balls, we have seen a lot of positive changes … kids are very happy, and the sports and games have attracted many girls and boys to our schools and centers that had not been involved before.”

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We hope and pray that you support our life-saving work. Your gifts will be used for this program and other similar Salesian programs around the globe that benefit poor and needy youth. Please join us to help make the world a better place.