Children enjoying Marys Meals in class

Zambia

Mary’s Meals feeds 376,407 children every school day in Zambia!

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Where we work

Zambia is a landlocked country situated on a plateau in South-central Africa. It takes its name from the Zambezi River, which starts in Zambia and flows through countries including Angola, Namibia and Botswana, before meeting the Indian Ocean. Zambia is bordered by Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Angola to the west, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique to the south, and Malawi to the east.

Zambia has a mostly humid, sub-tropical climate with an average rainfall of 34 inches per year (falling mostly in December). It is mostly high, flat terrain and less than 5% of the land is suitable for farming crops. The country suffers from high rates of malnutrition, poverty and food insecurity, with many children out of school. For those children who are able to attend school, one million go to class hungry.

The UN estimates that almost 50% of people in Zambia can’t meet their daily calorie requirements and, with survival often taking precedence over education, 45% of Zambia's primary school age children drop out of school early.

Approximately 58% of Zambia's population are currently earning below the International Poverty Line of $1.90 a day. A person working in Zambia typically earns around 6,000 ZMD per month (around £12).

Cook in Zambia making Marys Meals

Mary's Meals in Zambia

Marys’ Meals has been serving school meals to hungry children In Zambia since 2014. 

We are the sole provider of school meals in all seven districts where we operate in the Eastern Province of the country – Chipata, Mambwe, Chipangali, Lumezi, Lundazi, Chasefu and Kasenengwa. We work in collaboration with representatives from the Zambian Ministry of Education and other key stakeholders. 

We are currently feeding 376,407 children in 752 schools across the country. 

Child in Zambia with Marys Meals
When did we start working in Zambia?

We have been working in Zambia since 2014.

How many children do we feed in Zambia?

We are currently feeding 376,407 children in 752 schools in Zambia.

What meal do we provide?

Maize and soya porridge (fortified with vitamins and minerals).

Where are we based/where do we operate?

We work in 10 districts in Zambia, where Mary’s Meals is the main provider of school meals in Chadiza, Chasefu, Chipangali, Chipata, Kasenengwa, Katete, Lumezi, Lundazi, Mambwe and Vubwi.

Capital City

Lusaka

Population

17.9 million

Currency

Zambian Kwacha (ZMW ZK)