Eleven percent of Zambia women will become HIV-positive by the age of 24. The increasing infection rates among women in this country are due to cultural factors including gender-based violence, child marriage and a society in which women are powerless to access health services without the permission of male partners. Click here for the story.
How Cross International is making an impact
As a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zambia, a shocking 750,000 Zambian children have lost one or both parents to the disease. Many of these vulnerable orphaned children are HIV-positive themselves and lack access to an education, food and healthcare. Working with Grace Ministries, Cross International is helping to prepare these youth for a life free from poverty and full of hope in Jesus Christ. This project provides school fees, books, uniforms and school supplies, hygienic supplies, health care, Bibles and spiritual development for 70 orphaned and vulnerable children — and distribute food staples to the 30 most destitute participants. The youth transformed by this ministry bear witness to the Gospel’s power to mend broken hearts and break the cycle of poverty and violence.