65 current projects
5,185 direct beneficiaries
Empowering women and girls to stand as equals and participate as leaders is an issue all of us at Outreach view as crucial to our success as an organization, and critical to our success as a society. Every single triumph we celebrate together is...
Issues And Impact
In Zambia, one out of every three people are without access to clean water. Because clean water is sparse, Zambians must often travel great distances to obtain safe drinking water for their families.
Today, after teaching communities to build wells and properly maintain them, we have helped 45 percent of Outreach communities gain access to safe drinking water.
With a scarce supply of vegetables and grains in Zambia, 20 percent of children under five are underweight and 45 percent are experiencing stunted growth due to malnourishment.
Because of the lack of rain during the lean months (Zambia's six-month dry season), harvest growth is nearly impossible.
Outreach has helped women and men in Zambia obtain four irrigation systems to ensure crop growth continues during the lean months. With these new manually-powered irrigation systems, the communities in Zambia have seen a 37 percent increase in harvest growth.
Children often help sell produce or raise crops to help increase family income, leaving them little time for schooling. In Outreach communities, education is taken seriously; but before we began working in with these families, only six percent of children had any nearby options for education.
Helping thousands of families in our communities learn the importance of education, villages have made schooling a priority. With a community effort to expand options for education, more than 40 percent now have access to adequate schooling.
Because 90 percent of malaria deaths occur in Africa, families in Zambia are especially at risk of disease. But in Outreach communities, less than five percent had mosquito nets before we began work in Zambia.
Today, Outreach has helped communities in Zambia access nearly 1,000 preventative mosquito nets, stopping malaria before it has a chance to begin.
Before Outreach initiated income-generating projects in Zambia, only seven percent of the communities we serve had an adequate source of income to provide for their families.
Now, Outreach has helped communities gain access to farming improvements, increasing farming projects in the area six-fold. Today, nearly half of the families in our communities have access to adequate income from increased crop growth.