Lusaka is situated in the east of the country, near the border with Zimbabwe. About 3.3 million people live in the province.
Since 1999, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Lusaka.
The city of Lusaka is growing fast as people move here in search of a better life. Many people arrive from rural areas but there are also many internally displaced people and refugees from other countries.
Despite government efforts, many families live in inadequate housing and have no access to safe sanitation or clean drinking water.
Living in such conditions makes them vulnerable to other diseases and health care is not always easily accessible.
In some ways, children in Lusaka have a better life than children in other areas of the country.
However, even though the number of children attending primary school is higher than in other areas, 1 in 5 children do not go to school. Girls are particularly disadvantaged and are at higher risk of dropping out of school to work or marry early.
In the past, SOS Children's Villages ran kindergartens and schools in Lusaka - today they are run locally.