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1. About CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA
CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA is one of the children’s development organizations in Zambia which was formed in 1998. The organisation works in the Southern Province of Zambia in Mazabuka, Monze, Choma, Kalomo and Livingstone districts to alleviate poverty and promote child rights in order to raise them out of poverty and support inclusive education. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA works with families and their communities in the targeted districts in supporting the children. We offer our help to the children who need it the most-those living in the rural areas of Zambia. The organization is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.
2. What we do
CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA`s work is to reduce poverty, HIV/AIDS ,improve the living standards of children and promoting child rights in order to raise them out of poverty .
Some of the areas in which CHILDHOPE works work in are as follows:A. Education
CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA believes that education is crucial for development and one of the most powerful tools in breaking the poverty cycle.
CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA puts in more in education than any other programme area and works to ensure that children, young people and adults get the knowledge and life skills they need to realize their full potential. The school improvement programme, which is part of our formal education work, delivers:
- Support to every aspect of a school essential in creating the best learning environment for children there by providing adequate and appropriate teaching and learning materials for the basic school children.
- Supporting education through the provision of school furniture.
- Child representation on every school committee and training of school management committees which are tailored towards making schools more transparent. As parents and children realize that they are key stakeholders in the running of schools, they will begin to take decision-making seriously and begin to demand explanations on the way their schools are run.
Ø Early Childhood Care, Development and Education (ECCDE)
Many children in the targeted districts benefit from CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA early childhood care development and education (ECCDE) work through supporting their physical and emotional development. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA Initiatives include construction of early childhood care, development and education centers, establishing day care centers and pre-schools, stimulating children's learning through play, pre-school, feeding programmes, community capacity building, training of caregivers, parent management committees and adult literacy classes to improve their reading and writing skills. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA provides teaching and learning materials, training of pre-school teachers and sensitizes communities on the importance of ECCDE .The organisation supports pre-school teachers refresher courses in order for them to courses to share opportunities, experiences, and problem solve together and build group camaraderie CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA believes early childhood programmes make for strong foundations and pay high dividends which have significant impact on children's health and readiness to learn brings important economic returns later in life. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA does not only work with communities to construct ECCDE centers, it also encourages and supports ECCDE management and governance. This promotes awareness of education and creates ownership of structures by the communities.Ø Improving performance at school
For instance in Mazabuka, primary school teachers in the targeted communities have reported that children who enrol for the first class at primary-level after having attended CHILDHOPE ECCDE programme perform better academically, socially and emotionally than their classmates. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA ECCDE programmes have been most successful where strong relationships among the communities and the basic school teachers have been formed. Our basic school improvement work involves child participation and school governance. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA has been supporting girl-child education through community awareness of girl child education and Rights. The organisation has been supporting advocacy and sensitization of parents, school authorities, other leaders and girls themselves on girl- child education. Developing technical capacity of schools and teachers' pedagogical skills to create girl-friendly school environments that enhance the participation of girls and promoting synergy between girls' education and poverty alleviation programmes. CHILDHOPE has been paying school fees for the girl- child, providing scholastic materials and school furniture training girls in life skills.B. Health
Under health, CHILDHOPE supports pre-school and primary school children. This school health component of the project avails common drugs to the children e.g. de-worming drugs, anti malaria, anti bilharzias, Panadols, aspirin etc. The CHILDHOPE health programmes help to save thousands of children's lives every year. Our community-level initiatives also include immunization, child nutrition and hygiene promotions which are done hand in hand with the local health centers. Other health programmes include malaria, reproductive health, diarrheal, malnutrition prevention among the children with HIV and AIDS education. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA works with the local health centers in supporting health for the children.
C. Sexual health and HIV/AIDS
Pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) affect many children and youths in the rural areas because they are denied the right to protect themselves. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA awareness-raising and direct response programmes help to empower children and young people so that they can realize their rights and achieve their full potential. CHILDHOPE directly involves children and young people in all of its work by helping them to identify problems and find solutions. We work with partners and communities to:
- Advocate for the rights of children and youths living in a world with HIV
- Provide prevention, care and support services to the people living with HIV and AIDS including children.
- Confront beliefs and attitudes that maintain unequal power relations between the sexes.
- Support quality reproductive and sexual health education and services
· Provide home-based care kits and train caregivers.
· Strengthen/ form HIV/AIDS school clubs.
- Provide HIV/AIDS adolescent youth awareness and education program through peer education and moral upbringing to fight HIV/AIDS in the rural communities. The organization uses;
- Sport to disseminate information about HIV/AIDS. These are football, netball and volleyball. Villages compete with each other and the best teams get prices. This encourages the communities to do more in HIV/AIDS activities. Other messages on HIV/AIDS are disseminated as they engage in sporting activities.
- Drama, poems and songs to disseminate information about HIV/AIDS. Peer educators have been trained to handle most of the HIV/AIDS programmes in the communities.
- Provide food and medicines to the people living with HIV/AIDS. On the provision of medicines to the people living with HIV/AIDS, CHILDHOPE avails Panadols, asprin.ORS and procaine penicillin etc. These drugs suppress other diseases that may affect the bodies of the people living with HIV/AIDS due to weak anti bodies caused by HIV/AIDS.
- Conduct home visits to the people living with HIV/AIDS through CHILDHOPE caregivers. The caregivers feed, wash and clean the homes of the people living with HIV/AIDS that do not have the energy to do this for themselves as a result of sickness. The caregivers also help in turning the bodies and applying medicine to the people living with HIV/AIDS that have developed sores due to over sleeping on one side.
Nutrition plays an important role in the up-bringing of children. Many orphans and other vulnerable children suffer from increased malnutrition and reduced opportunity for education due to lack of nutrition support. Without adequate care and support, many children are exposed to exploitative child labor and abuse and face increased vulnerability to HIV infection. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA supports the nutrition of the children through the provision of soya meal, mealie-meal, sugar, cooking oil, Kapenta, beans and salt. This has encouraged orphans and other vulnerable children (OVCs) attend school. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA also teaches the communities on the importance of nutrition to the children. The organization provides food and nutritional security to the malnourished children directly or indirectly affected by HIV/AIDS. This is done as the immediate nutritional support to the children identified as acutely malnourished through a monitored supplementary feeding programme. Communities through the support of CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA has established communal gardens which increase the food and nutritional security of the malnourished children identified as stunted.80% of the vegetables in the gardens are consumed by the children and 20% of the vegetables are being sold for the continuation of purchase of seed for gardening. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA educates the communities on the importance of feeding the children with locally available nutrition foods to improve their health. CHILDHOPE nutrition support for the children is also done hand in hand with the local health centers.E. Provision of clean water and sanitation CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA understands that the provision of clean water and sanitation is critical for the development of a child therefore; the organization strives to provide clean water and sanitation to the rural communities in early childhood care, development and education centres and the basic schools. The organization works with it partners towards making ECCDE centers and basic schools healthier and more attractive to the children, especially girls by providing them with clean water and sanitation. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA imparts knowledge on access to basic health care, water and sanitation especially for children and their mothers. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA believes that provision of clean water and sanitation leads to healthier children who are more effective learners and spend less time fetching water and have more time for school. Due to clean water and sanitation, children themselves have become the agents of change in their families and communities at large. The organization also raises awareness on the importance of sanitation for the children and the community as a whole in the targeted areas in order to avoid contaminating food and water supplies. F. Income generating activities
Income generating activities are important for sustainability of community projects. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA is working with communities in supporting income generating activities (IGAs).Under IGAs, CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA is working with communities through supporting vegetable gardens to support IGAs for the OVCs and the PLWHA. This has helped to boost child nutritional food consumption and generate cash for continuous community IGAs. The organization is also supporting communities with goat rearing as an IGA. Communities are provided with faming inputs such as fertilizer and seed to help them farm and generate income for the children and the people living with HIV/AIDS. Communities are also trained on the best methods of farming.
There are mothers clubs who sew different children’s clothes, jerseys, uniforms and table clothes. After these have been done, they are sold to the communities at a minimal fee to raise funds for the support of the children and the people living with HIV/AIDS. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA has also supported communities with hammer mills for income generating activity. Funds raised from the hammer mill are used to support the children at the ECCDE centers and the people living with HIV/AIDS.
G. Community and Child empowerment programme
CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA believes that empowerment of children, their families and communities to participate in their own development is essential to the alleviation of poverty therefore; CHILDHOPE facilitates child rights, gender and HIV/AIDs trainings.
H. Inclusive education
CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA works with communities and districts to support inclusive education for the children in the rural areas. The organisation supports low vision, blind and the physically challenged children in community schools. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA supports sensitization and coordination activities at community and district level. The organisation also supports the welfare of the physically challenged children and distributes equipment. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA supports health and nutrition of the children. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA works in a developing country called Zambia. It focuses on reducing poverty and HIV/AIDS, improve the living standards of children and promoting child rights in order to raise them out of poverty.
3. Vision Statement
The vision of CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA is to see children that are free from poverty, hunger with improved education system and living standards.4. Our mission
To reduce poverty and improve the living standards of children in the rural areas of Zambia.
5. How we work
i. Our approach
Children are the focal point of everything we do. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA is a child development organization in Zambia. We work with children, their families, women, youths, communities, organizations and the government to bring about positive development and reduce poverty among the children. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA provides opportunities for these groups to participate at different levels based on their strengths and life experiences. Families and community representatives also participate as advisers and/or decision makers. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA believes that when children, adults and communities work together it is most likely that programmes will be booming and there will be sustainability. Listening to what children say about their rights, needs and concerns is key to our approach. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA encourages and helps children to take an active role in finding solutions to their problems and realizing their full potential towards their development. In our programming, we also support children with special needs especially the disabled.
is committed to making lasting improvements to the lives of children living in
poverty in Zambia. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA recognizes its duty to be as effective and
efficient as possible and to be accountable to all its stakeholders.
7. Our core areas of activity include:
- Education(Early childhood and Primary)
- Child empowerment
- Health and HIV/ AIDS
- Income generating activities
- Provision of clean water and sanitation.
- Inclusive education
- Child sponsorship
- Reproductive Health and Family planning
CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA also strives for equal access to quality primary health care services, with a particular focus on reducing maternal and child mortality. We also work to ensure youth-friendly sexual health services, and access to safe water and sanitation in communities.
CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA promotes and facilitates quality education and early childhood care for all children, especially girls and the creation of self employment opportunities for youths.
9. Our values
We create the conditions in our work, activities and in our organization for personal empowerment, especially of children and the most marginalized. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA will always act in the best interests of the child and respect child and human rights. We are ethical, honest, transparent, and place a high value on integrity. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA acknowledges that it cannot solve problems of poverty alone but only through team work and mutual partnerships are accountable to all of our stakeholders in our communication, finances, performance measures, and results and strive for effectiveness, sustainability, and efficiency in everything we do.
10. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA operational areas
CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA operational areas are Mazabuka, Monze, Choma, Kalomo and Livingstone. Most of the children are supported through Early Childhood Care Development and education activities (ECCDE. Where ECCDE centers have not yet been built due to financial constraints, the children learn from churches and simple structures that have been built by the communities. In these centers, there is health and child feeding programmes. A board consisting of 10 members manages CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA. This board is supported by CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA secretariat that includes four members of staff the National Co-ordinator, programme officer, accounts officer and the administration assistant who are answerable to the board. Community programmes are overseen by Field Coordinators and Parent Management Committees based at village level. At community level, CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA has also established village committees comprising 10 members from each area/village where activities are implemented. These committee members work hand in hand with the Field Co-ordinators in mobilizing the communities during planning, designing and implementation of the activities. Community participation is very important in order to establish project ownership in the villages. This is an essential preparation for total take over by local communities in future allowing developmental programmes to continue.
CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA is governed at all the times by the decision of the majority members except where other regulations are laid down. The majority here refers to at least two-thirds of the members of the board. If the majority of the community members who have their children/family members enrolled vote for or against a decision made or about to be made by the board, the board will abide by the decision provided it is not seen as professional limiting the effectiveness of the services to the target groups.
11. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA past and present partners
· European Union
· St. Clouds State university students
· Southern Africa AIDS Trust(SAT)
· Dan Church AID
· Local and international well-wishers
· Government of Zambia
· Southern Africa AIDS TRUST(SAT)
Business men of Asian origin
Early Childhood Development Volunteers (Volunteer Opportunity)
Community Education and Health Care Programme (Volunteer Opportunity)
Community Health, Education and Development Support (COHEDS). (Volunteer Opportunity)