Nonprofit or community organization
Last modified: February 25, 2013, 12:56 PM
Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) is a community based not-for-profit making NGO founded in 2006 and registered under the laws of Zambia, MMC works where others do not – in rural and remote areas of Western, Zambia – and where access to services is the poorest and is dedicated to and implementing self and donor funded projects of supporting community responses with aims to partnership and collaboration at local, national, regional and international levels for safeguard sexual and reproductive health adolescents, access to family planning information, safe motherhood, gender sensitive services, comprehensive HIV/AIDS response, integration of sexual and gender based violence into HIV/AIDS, IEC on HIV/AIDS information, psychosocial support, quality ART services, health care providers on ART service provision, HIV palliative care services and TB treatment, mainstreaming disabilities and social economic justice on poverty, suffering and social injustice, establish operational and effective HIV & AIDS workplace programs that address the needs of institutions, and increase access to prevention, care & treatment for staff and their families, prevention to care, support, and mitigation, building on organization in capacity building, community mobilization, child rights, and child participation to reach the epidemic's most affected populations: orphans and vulnerable children, youth at risk, pregnant women and HIV/AIDS information centers, peer education activities, school and community-based prevention outreach for young people, voluntary counseling and testing service strengthening and community home-based care for children living with HIV/AIDS, support to food and nutrition aid and livelihood support to transform the lives of vulnerable children, protect children against HIV through extensive PMTCT services, age-specific HIV information, and access to child friendly reproductive health and HIV counseling and testing services, empowering communities through capacity building, advocacy on human rights, protection, gender considerations and anti-retroviral treatment (ART) for children.
MMC operates as a rural/remote organization in Western, Zambia with its secretariat located in Mongu.
To improve the quality of lives of vulnerable children in rural/remote communities.
"A healthy Zambia free from threat of HIV/AIDS ".
To collaborate with relevant stakeholders in providing quality social services in health, education and capacity building for improved rural/remote communities.
The essence of networking for MMC is to share resources and action strategies in working for rural/remote community empowerment. Networking allows MMC to stay in touch with what is happening locally, regionally and internationally and use the information and resources gathered in efforts to help the Zambian rural/remote communities.
The Secretariat:Headed by the Country Director, the Secretariat manages the day-to-day running of the organization on full time with a current staff.
Each of the above play specific roles and responsibilities in accordance with their respective professional qualifications, skills and expertise towards attaining a prosperous and professional face for MMC and also contribute to the building of the integrity and capacity of the organization both at Secretariat and District Offices.
The Secretariat provides the highest level of commitment to ensure that costed, inclusive, sustainable, credible and evidence-based HIV/AIDS and other community programme plans both at national and District Offices levels are funded and implemented with transparency, accountability and effectiveness, in line with national priorities.
The Executive Board: The overall management and administration of MMC is run through an Executive Board, comprising 10 members elected from the more than 100 member organizations and support groups affiliated to MMC. The Executive Board represents MMC in a responsible and appropriate manner in all meetings and public functions and serves as the organization's spokesperson through the Executive Board Chairperson.
The tenure of office of the Executive Board is two years for which positions are re-contested upon an outgoing Board Member's desire. MMC strives to achieve a balanced representation onto the Executive Board taking into account gender and the Greater Involvement of Children Living with AIDS and Disabled (GIPA/D) Principle. It is also the responsibility of the Executive Board to administer the financial affairs of MMC and; to invest the funds and assets of the organization in securities nominated by it and to realise and deal with such investments at its discretion. The Executive Board also hold, lease and own property of any kind in the name of MMC.
Community Clubs: These are structures operating under the supervision of the District Offices and they are responsible for articulating and driving forwards the mandate, supervision and support of the community clubs. These structures (community clubs) are for vulnerable people such as:-Children with disabilities (CWDs), Old People, OVCs, Children living with HIV/AIDS.
MMC is governed by the Board who has executive powers for policy direction and supervision of the Secretariat. The Board is drawn from the membership organization. While the secretariat headed by the Country Director is the implementing organ of Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC). The apex Board for Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) is the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The organization is structured such that it goes down to the grass root where there are beneficiaries who are later organized in community clubs. These Community clubs feed into the District MMC Office operation
A list of specific objectives and activities
Details of the specific objectives and activities to be carried by MMC are described below.
(1). To ensure the provision of quality and comprehensive care and support to orphans and vulnerable children
(2). To provide financial and material support to vulnerable elderly people (caregivers and elderly people)
(3). To promote and advocate to government to scale up the welfare assistance for elderly people
(4). To improve access to and utilization of quality VCT services
(5). To improve the quality of life of HIV infected children and their families through the provision of community home based care
(6). To facilitate access to health care for children with disabilities (CWDs)
(7). To strengthen the organizational and technical capacity of MMC to respond more sustainably and effectively to HIV/AIDS.
(8). To improve the institutional and policy environment for community led responses in Zambia
For organizational sustainability, MMC offers consultancy and training in a variety of subjects at a fee, some areas of training and consultancy include:
Current Operational Areas
MMC has a vision to reach out to more rural/remote vulnerable church and communities in Western, Zambia but it faces the problem of limited resources especially financial resources, inadequate transport is also a major challenge including lack of incentives to motivate our local community based volunteers.