Maria has been sponsored by an amazing world-changer! Her sponsor has created Team Maria and given her a chance to break free from the cycle of poverty, starting a ripple effect for generations. With that support, the future looks bright for Maria!


12 years old 3/1/2006 Zambia
About me & my family

Name: Maria
Family income: $90.00

Gender: Female
Age: 12
Enjoys: Playing outdoor games, Jumping rope, Playing with dolls
Talents: Dancing, Singing, Sports
Elizabeth, 21, Female
Zibanai, 18, Female
Taurayi, 18, Male
Whyson, 14, Male
Peter, 11, Male
Charles, 9, Male
Grace, 6, Female
Mulenga, 6, Male
Lives with: Mother
Language: Nyanja
School: Yes
Child ID #: 1157630

About my house

Walls: Concrete block
Roof: Corrugated metal
Floor: Concrete
My bed: The floor with a mat
Water source: Community faucets
Electricity: Available

About Zambia

Kids growing up in poverty in Zambia face many serious challenges, including a lack of access to even simple health care services, difficulty getting a basic education, persistent malnutrition problems and youth unemployment rates.

That's why we focus on providing access to critical medical and dental care, early childhood development programs, nutrition education and feeding programs, and youth training to teach skills needed to ensure they can find a job and break the cycle of poverty.

See how our program works and why we focus on health, education, empowerment and employment. 

Learn more about our work in Zambia.

To learn more about about the valuable programs your sponsorship makes happen, check out the plan for kids in Zambia below.

Did you know? Solving poverty isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. That's why we customize programs by age + location + circumstances to help break the cycle of poverty. 

How does child sponsorship work?

Your $32 monthly gift gives kids like Maria access to life-changing benefits, like:

  • medical care
  • educational support
  • life skills
  • job-training before graduation.


More about child sponsorship:

How your support helps kids in poverty

How your support helps teens in Zambia

A quick look at programs currently available for sponsored teens age 12 and over in Zambia.


Zambian teens enrolled in secondary school receive school supplies.



Teens who participate in their local Youth Council learn to give back by planning, overseeing and completing service projects that benefit their communities.



Qualified teens receive financial support to continue their education after secondary school.

where your donation goes