Series Code: HIM
Program Code: HIM000223A
00:07 Child Impact International is an organization giving hope,
00:11 previously called Asian Aid.
00:13 Child Impact International is an organization
00:16 fostering permanent positive change in the lives
00:19 of disadvantaged children and their communities.
00:22 Child Impact is committed to making a difference
00:24 in the lives of children and those who are in need,
00:27 serving communities in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka,
00:31 Myanmar, and will soon expand to other countries.
00:35 For the last 50 years, Child Impact has invested
00:38 in the futures of people,
00:39 and their investment has proven infinite returns,
00:42 driven by the dedication to helping
00:44 those who have the least.
00:46 Child Impact is an organization
00:48 focused on the welfare of children,
00:50 implementing diverse development projects
00:52 and sponsoring thousands of children.
00:54 Their outreach spans from child rescue operations
00:58 to providing an education for orphans, deaf,
01:01 and the blind children giving them
01:02 a sense of place, a home.
01:04 But above all,
01:06 Child Impact is an organization giving hope,
01:09 giving hope to children, giving hope to communities,
01:12 giving hope to the ones who need it the most.
01:15 This is Hope in Motion.
01:50 You look out over the field that will provide
01:52 you and your family with food for the coming year
01:55 and seed for the next.
01:57 But all you see is miles of sun-baked ground,
02:00 and withered plants.
02:02 Welcome to Zambia.
02:04 Last year, we had a partial crop failure here in Zambia.
02:07 And this year, there's been a complete crop failure.
02:10 If you go and talk to the oldest people
02:11 in the villages,
02:13 they'll tell you this is the worst famine drought
02:17 that they've seen in their lifetime,
02:19 which is saying something we've had some extraordinary
02:21 famines and to the period of last 15 years.
02:24 And so we're seeing that need,
02:25 that hunger translating into people's demand
02:29 for work, just general need.
02:33 Riverside Farms began with the mission to reach
02:36 the needs of the people in Zambia,
02:38 located 70 miles south of Lusaka,
02:40 which is the capital of Zambia.
02:41 They started this mission in the early 70s.
02:44 Greg Harding is the executive director
02:46 for Riverside Farms.
02:48 Our mission is to reach the needs
02:50 of people here in Zambia.
02:52 And that encompasses both their physical needs,
02:55 which are huge in Africa,
02:57 and also the spiritual and education.
03:00 One of the ways that Riverside Farms
03:02 is helping the people of Southern Zambia
03:03 is through farming.
03:05 Food is a resource that many of us take for granted.
03:08 But for the poor villagers,
03:09 it is something that they struggle
03:10 to get enough of.
03:12 While Zambia's economy is growing
03:13 and doing better than many other African countries,
03:15 it still isn't enough.
03:17 So the farm is something I personally really love,
03:20 love being on the farm working on it.
03:22 We grow, bananas is our primary crop
03:25 through about 34 hectors just over 80 acres of bananas.
03:30 And those produce about
03:33 170 truckloads of bananas every year.
03:45 About 60% of Zambians
03:47 live under the nation's poverty line
03:49 with rural poverty standing at almost 78%.
03:52 And in 2007 study,
03:54 Zambia was ranked 117th out of 128 countries
03:59 on the global competitiveness index
04:01 because of many factors
04:02 that have negatively affected them economically.
04:06 Most Zambians spend 60% of their income on food,
04:09 which leaves them with no resources
04:11 to send their children to school.
04:13 Not only that,
04:14 but when your income also depends on growing food,
04:17 you are left with a huge problem.
04:18 Lack of food is not the only issue.
04:21 More than one out of six Zambians
04:23 is currently suffering from HIV or AIDS,
04:26 making it one of the most
04:27 severely impacted countries from this disease in the world.
04:30 These factors have had a devastating effect
04:32 on life expectancy,
04:33 which is currently around 40 years.
04:36 Many children are left orphaned
04:37 and without hope for the future.
04:41 Following Zambia's independence,
04:42 there was a major focus to build hospitals
04:44 and improve the healthcare of those in remote rural areas
04:48 through the use of doctors that would fly in.
04:50 The founder of Riverside Farms was one of those doctors.
04:55 Zambia is located in South Central Africa
04:58 and has a population of over 16 million people.
05:03 First contacted by European explorers
05:05 in the late 18th century,
05:06 it soon became a British colony.
05:08 A prominent European visitor came in the 19th century,
05:12 David Livingstone.
05:14 He hoped to end the slave trade in Africa through the three Cs,
05:17 Christianity, commerce, and civilization.
05:22 He was the first European to see the beautiful waterfalls
05:24 on the Zambezi River in 1855.
05:28 He named them Victoria Falls after Queen Victoria,
05:31 saying that "Scenes so lovely must have been gazed
05:35 upon by angels in their flight."
05:39 In 1964,
05:41 Zambia gained its independence from colonial rule.
05:43 And in 1991, it became a democracy.
05:51 Colonization has a great impact
05:53 on the current issues that Zambia is facing.
05:55 In 1895, Frederick Russell Burnham,
05:57 an American scout discovered rich deposits of copper.
06:01 This discovery led the British to force native Zambians
06:03 through heavy taxation to work the mines,
06:06 while Europeans were given the most fertile farmlands.
06:09 This push some Zambians to violence,
06:11 though there was never a large scale revolt.
06:15 Because of the focus on mining,
06:16 Zambia's economy is heavily dependent on copper,
06:19 which became a problem in the mid 70s
06:21 when the value of copper dropped to half.
06:24 This pushed Zambians to diversify their economy,
06:26 mainly focusing on increasing agriculture.
06:30 The Zambian government is promoting agriculture
06:32 through the development of farm blocks
06:33 in all 10 provinces
06:35 for large and medium commercial farming,
06:37 fish farming, and livestock production.
06:40 Agriculture contributes about 19% to GDP,
06:43 and employs three quarters of the population.
06:46 Domestic production is comprised of crops
06:48 such as maize, sorghum, millet, and cassava.
06:52 Well, exports are driven by sugar, soybeans, coffee,
06:55 ground nuts, rice, and cotton,
06:58 as well as horticulture produce.
07:00 The people of Zambia are working hard to improve
07:03 not just their lives,
07:04 but also the lives
07:06 of those around them through farming.
07:07 Her name is Regina, and I have got to know her
07:11 because whenever this piece work at Riverside,
07:13 you see Regina here.
07:15 And she's one of the hardest workers.
07:17 So each department they all want to hire Regina,
07:21 because she puts everything into her work.
07:24 She has nine children
07:26 and five dependent grandchildren on her.
07:29 And the thing that I like about Regina,
07:32 you never see her not smiling.
07:35 And she just takes life as it comes,
07:37 she does the best she can and she goes forward.
07:42 Regina's hard work ethic
07:43 is shared by a majority of Zambians,
07:46 but many factors have kept them from progressing.
07:48 One of those factors is that only a few areas use irrigation
07:52 while the rest rely only on rain,
07:54 which is led to many failed crops due to drought.
07:57 The other issue is that most of the farmers
07:58 are not able to afford farm equipment.
08:01 So they have to do everything by hand.
08:03 This greatly decreases the amount of land
08:05 that they can farm.
08:06 Even though there are limitations,
08:08 Zambia is not lacking usable farmland,
08:10 58% of Zambia is classified as medium to high potential
08:14 for agricultural production.
08:16 However, only 15% of this land is currently under cultivation.
08:22 Well, this is pretty tough,
08:24 but I'm right here in the village near Riverside.
08:28 And this is Regina.
08:30 And this is one of Regina's three fields.
08:33 Now normally,
08:34 she gets 86 of maize from this field.
08:38 And that's what she really lives on.
08:40 That's what she educates the children with.
08:43 But this year,
08:44 she hasn't got one cob of corn from this field.
08:48 So this is going to have a dramatic impact,
08:51 not only on Regina,
08:52 but on her village and across the whole of Zambia.
08:56 Now I have to say we've just visited the village.
08:59 And this is going to be very, very tough on these people.
09:03 So just in one small way,
09:05 the fact that we can help
09:07 sponsor Regina's children bring some relief.
09:11 But I'm really scared of what the future holds
09:14 for families like Regina's in Zambia in the future.
09:18 In Zambia, the people grow maize during the rainy season
09:23 because that is their way to get a little bit ahead
09:26 not only with their food
09:28 but with other needs that they have.
09:30 And since Regina is such a hard worker,
09:32 she put in three fields of maize, worked hard,
09:36 you know, got the soil ready, planted it, weeded it.
09:40 And then the rains came.
09:42 And she usually gets between 80 and 100 bags of maize,
09:47 which keeps them through the year.
09:49 And she told us as we went out to see her field,
09:52 it could make you cry.
09:54 She said I did not get even one cob.
09:57 She says, I don't know what this year will bring.
09:59 You've just heard the urgent need of this lady.
10:02 And what you don't know is that she has nine children
10:05 and five grandchildren that she is raising.
10:09 So you can see that this failure of a crop
10:14 is going to have a dramatic impact
10:16 on families like these.
10:18 This is a lady that really works hard.
10:20 She goes to Riverside and gets work when she can.
10:23 And normally, when there's a crop,
10:25 she does three fields on her own.
10:28 So this shows the commitment that this lady has bringing up
10:32 nine children and five grandchildren.
10:37 It is not just survival that keeps Regina going,
10:40 it is also the desire to give her children
10:41 and grandchildren an Adventist education.
10:45 Religiously, Zambia is almost entirely a Christian nation,
10:48 with 75% being Protestant and 20% Catholic.
10:51 The Seventh-day Adventist Church
10:53 has a major presence in Zambia
10:54 with one out of every 18 Zambians
10:56 being an Adventist.
10:57 This is the highest of any country in the world.
11:00 To put that in perspective,
11:01 the United States and Zambia
11:03 have nearly the same amount of Adventist members.
11:06 One of the first Adventist missionaries
11:08 to Zambia was WH Anderson,
11:10 who began his work in the late 1800s.
11:12 At one point,
11:14 his family and two other families
11:15 were living out of an ox-wagon for five months.
11:18 In spite of their hardships,
11:20 they continue to spread the gospel and converted many.
11:23 A quote from Anderson shows why they were so successful
11:26 in spreading the gospel.
11:28 "When a man goes to the mission field,
11:30 he must have love for the people
11:32 if he is to win them.
11:34 If he does not have love, he might as well not go.
11:36 Love is the basis of all missionary work."
11:41 In spite of large Adventist presence here,
11:43 there are hardly any Adventist schools
11:45 with only three secondary schools
11:46 and one university.
11:48 The United States has approximately
11:50 158 secondary schools
11:51 and 14 colleges and universities.
11:54 More Adventist schools in Zambia are needed
11:56 not just to help with their immediate needs,
11:58 but also the spiritual needs as well.
12:00 Adventist schools are an opportunity
12:02 to reach the children of the community
12:04 who can then reach their parents.
12:06 This is why Child Impact is so important
12:08 because it provides children with the skills for life,
12:11 but also a relationship with Jesus.
12:18 I'm just here with Mike the cameraman.
12:20 And we're going to go back to the village
12:22 and then back to Riverside.
12:24 And this has been pretty tough, pretty tough.
12:28 I mean, I'm going back to my air conditioned room,
12:30 and the cafeteria is going to feed me a meal.
12:33 And these people here haven't got any food.
12:36 And that's reality.
12:38 And you really have to come here to feel it.
12:42 And the scary part is it's on such a huge scale.
12:47 But I'm just so excited.
12:48 We can do some little things to help these families.
12:52 And maybe we're gonna have to find a way of helping them
12:54 with food.
13:13 We're expanding our sponsorship program
13:15 to Zambia.
13:17 And we're very excited to be partnering
13:19 with Riverside Farms
13:21 who are well-known Adventist ministry.
13:24 They are opening a brand new primary school,
13:27 and we're going to be sponsoring
13:28 very needy children to help them
13:31 to come to an Adventist mission school.
13:33 We're really excited about it.
13:35 And you can either sponsor a child,
13:38 or if you don't want that monthly commitment,
13:40 you can make a contribution to our unsponsored child fund.
13:45 This is an exciting time for us and our supporters.
13:48 And I just hope that you'll support
13:50 our new outreach
13:52 and our new education program in Zambia.