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In June, singers and World Vision sponsors William Wei and Clair Kuo returned from a visit to Zambia, as they learned the needs of the vulnerable children and their communities.

"On the first day, I was stunned by the water people use daily. It was muddy. They had to use the same water source with the animals and it even dries up during the dry season," William said. He said people in Taiwan should cherish the clean water they have and called on more people to join the effort of providing clean water for children in Zambia.

Claire, on the other hand, was particularly concerned about the health of children and local hygiene and sanitation. "Child morbidity and mortality rates are high in Zambia. Malaria is also a major problem. But I also saw how children there are learning and practicing proper hygiene habits. Community Health Workers trained by World Vision are also educating mothers on ways to raise healthy children," said Claire.

A treadle pump that transformed the lives of a family
When visiting the Chongwe East ADP, William and Claire realized the draught was more severe than they had anticipated. "You do not see the rivers and lakes that are common in Taiwan. You only find a waterhole once in a while after searching and walking for a long distance," said Claire. During their stay, William and Claire experienced for themselves the challenges local people encounter daily. In Zambia, women and children walk long distances every day, carrying heavy buckets just to fetch water. For them, using water and going to the toilet are very inconvenient daily experience.

While in the Chongwe East ADP, William and Claire visited Shadreck Banda and his family. Shadreck and his wife are farmers, and in the past, it usually took them 5 to 6 hours to water their small farmland. But the treadle pump provided by World Vision has changed everything and significantly improved their lives. Now, Shadreck has expanded his farmland and it takes him just 1 to 2 hours to water his crops. William was very impressed by the transformation brought by the pump, which has enabled Shadreck to spend more time with his family and his children can now go to school regularly. "Many things are in fact closely linked. A small treadle pump can make a big difference for these families," he said.

Community Health Workers (CHW)
With few health posts available, people in the Chongwe East ADP have to walk long distances to access health care. Some women had to give birth on the side of the road before reaching the health post, while others choose to deliver at home instead. All these pose great danger for both mothers and their children. Even at the health post, facilities were poor. The morning William and Claire visited the health post, a woman just gave birth but had to leave by noon due to the lack of resources.

During their visit, the ambassadors assisted Whiteson Phiri, the community health worker (CHW), to weigh and measure the children. They quickly got the hang of it after some practice. Later, William and Claire went to visit the 5-year-old Elajah, as Whiteson performed malaria tests for Elajah and his siblings. World Vision has been training CHWs like Whiteson in Zambia, as part of its effort to provide basic health services for vulnerable families in rural areas and improve the health of children under 5.

Become a sponsor and transform lives
The trip to Zambia gave William and Claire an opportunity to see the needs of a different part of the world. "If we know there are other people suffering in such difficult places, then we can learn to cherish what we have and lend a hand to those in need," said Claire. "The water source in Zambia, how people there showed their gratitude for sponsors in Taiwan....all these have left a mark on me," said William. The ambassadors called on people to join them and become a sponsor, helping to transform the 1,600 children in Zambia that are waiting to be sponsored and many other vulnerable children.

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