Zambia | Mission Direct


Safety and education for vulnerable children

We’ve worked in Lusaka for many years, previously building a safe house for street girls which now accommodates 40+ children. For many years, we have also supported schools here – many of which are found in the compounds in and around the city which receive little or no funding and struggle to provide facilities for full-time education for every child. We partner with a number of different schools, building new classrooms and renovating existing ones – usually with an audience of curious and joyful children! Come and meet our friends in these wonderful communities – you’ll create relationships that will last a lifetime. 


Please note that the trip dates may vary a day either way due to flight availability.


Building Project   /   Children's Work   /   City   /   Schools and Clinics   /   Suitable for all ages

Trip Dates

  • 04 Jul – 18 Jul 2020
  • 25 Jul – 08 Aug 2020
  • 15 Aug – 29 Aug 2020
  • 05 Sep – 19 Sep 2020
  • 26 Sep – 10 Oct 2020
  • 07 Nov – 22 Nov 2020
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The Projects

Since starting work in Zambia in 2008, our staff and volunteers have impacted the lives of many in and around Lusaka, with many projects focusing on the needs of vulnerable children. 25 new classrooms have been built at 5 community schools, and a further 6 classrooms have been refurbished. Recently, a new rescue centre has been built for Vision of Hope – a home for 30 vulnerable girls, which was opened in 2016.

Each morning, you’ll assist local builders to continue our work with community schools in the shanty towns in and around Lusaka. Working to renovate existing – as well as build new – facilities to alleviate class numbers and enable more children to have access to education in areas where many parents cannot afford school fees. Children in these communities often get their only meal of the day by going to school. Many drop out of education after primary years due to a lack of space in secondary education; we’ll be working with our partners to expand space in secondary classrooms. The schools we support here are run by local churches and inspirational individuals who have dedicated their lives to serving the young in their communities.


In the afternoons, you’ll meet our local partners who work amongst the disadvantaged and marginalised people in Lusaka. Spend the afternoon on a street visit with the Footprints team, cuddle abandoned babies at House of Moses, visit Vision of Hope and hear the incredible life stories of some of the girls there, or spend the day at Chisomo – a drop-in centre for children from the street.

Rest and Relaxation

You will visit the world-renowned Victoria Falls and also take a sunset cruise down the Zambezi, in the footsteps of the great Dr Livingstone.

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Country Information

Lusaka is the capital city of Zambia

The time Zone is GMT +2 hours

Local language of Nyanja & Bemba, although some English is spoken

Up to 25°C in Jul-Aug / 35°C in Oct. Cool at night.

The Flight is approximately 10.5 hours.

The Impact So Far

The teams in Zambia have been doing an incredible job.
Here are a few of the most recent stories and stats from the projects...


girls housed in new Vision of Hope rescue centre


classrooms completed for 5 compound schools


classrooms renovated

Trip Dates

Zambia 2020 – Team 1

04 Jul - 18 Jul 2020


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Zambia 2020 – Team 2

25 Jul - 08 Aug 2020

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Zambia 2020 – Team 3

15 Aug - 29 Aug 2020


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Zambia 2020 – Team 4

05 Sep - 19 Sep 2020


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Zambia 2020 – Team 5 (Footprints team)

26 Sep - 10 Oct 2020


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Zambia Luampa 2020 – Team 1 (medical)

07 Nov - 22 Nov 2020


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You only have to give a £150 deposit to your trip contribution upfront.
The contributions listed are a reduced amount, based on the assumption that Gift Aid will be declared.

Orientation and Reunion days

Orientation days and reunion days are included to help you get the most from your trip.

Orientation Day

25 Apr 2020

12 Sep 2020

Reunion Day

14 Nov 2020

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