Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour in Zambia

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers African Goodwill Tour is working with educators, NGOs, and other concerned groups in Zambia to improve conditions in that country, a task that is urgent in light of the economic and social conditions Zambians face, some 68% of whom live below the poverty line where the average per capita income is $395. Not only is Zambia one of the world’s poorest countries, but the life expectancy is also one of the lowest on earth—less than 40 years, with nearly a million people living with HIV/AIDS.

As with Goodwill Tours in other countries, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Zambia meet with local officials, community and religious leaders and NGOs in every city they visit to find out what service they need most. Many Zambians feel that one of the most important things to improve on an immediate basis is education and literacy. These are the vital components in broadening the economic base of the country, which until recently relied almost exclusively on copper mining. Although 80% of the population above the age of 15 can read and write, most do not have the level of literacy needed for technical or service positions.