Community Health, Education and Development Support (COHEDS).

Published

05/19/2018

Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)

Address

Lotti House,4th Floor Suite "M"Cairo Road
P.O.Box 39481.
Lusaka
09
10101
Zambia

Description

The project will construct ECD centers and enroll children through community participation shared among villages in order to provide access to education for the most marginalized children, those living in the rural areas of Zambia. The education support will target the orphans and vulnerable children in the communities who have no access to ECD. The strategy will help parents build more effective and better coordinated community access to early childhood development system and identify the early childhood development outcomes that communities are seeking to achieve for children development. Due to access that will be provided, children will benefit from better social inclusion and they will be engaged in and benefit from educational opportunities which will also enable them to read and write as they prepare for later learning. The project will on average register 800 pre-school children per year in each district for the period of 3 years. This will also aim to provide a natural, joyful, and stimulating environment for optimal growth and development through such activities as singing and storytelling. The project will provide health care support and nutrition meals a day. The project will distribute desks, chairs and cabinets including teaching and learning materials for the ECD centers. Under health, the project will conduct quarterly health checkup and continuous monitoring of young children’s growth for all the children at the ECD centers and provide health education for mothers on malaria, diarrheal diseases, whopping cough, HIV/AIDS and safe motherhood in general at community level. The CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA Community Health Workers (CHZCHW) and local health centers/posts will conduct checkups for children entering the programme. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA will conduct HIV/AIDS tests (with consent from the parents).The organisation will avail common drugs to the children such as de-worming drugs, anti malaria and anti bilharzias drugs, Vitamin drugs and paracetamol. Children who have been found to be infected with HIV/AIDS will receive follow-up care and treatment. Apart from the routinely weighing and measuring to track child growth, the CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA Community Health Workers will counsel parents on the importance of seeking early treatment for their sick children. The organisation will support nutrition meals a day for the children at the centers in order to reduce malnutrition as one way of improving health. The provision of nutrition supplements will also encourage orphans and other vulnerable children to attend school. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA will support nutrition of the children through purchasing and distributing of soya meal, mealie-meal, sugar, salt and skimmed milk. The project will train preschool teachers and ECD caregivers on how to collect, analyze, organize and critically evaluate information relating to children’s progress in ECD programmes. The pre-school teachers also will be trained on the use of appropriate knowledge in solving problems relating children’s health and safety, showing responsibility towards the environment and demonstration of an understanding of the holistic and integrated nature of child development and the interaction of various social, economic and environmental systems in creating and solving problems related to providing ECD. The ECD caregivers will be trained on how to stimulate and provide a healthy childcare environment that promotes physical, cognitive, and socio emotional development; and inclusive learning that builds on children’s strengths and attends to child health and safety. The project will form and train hygiene school clubs who will be used as promoters for change among their peers in and out of school children. The school promotional advances will be flexible in order to encourage adaptation and extension without interruption of regular school lessons. The teaching will be inclusive as this will include those with disabilities where they will play active roles in supporting hygiene activities. This will help sustain school hygiene so that such messages are repeated over time to encourage lasting behavior change to better improve health. These hygiene promotion activities in schools will have themes to be carried out each day of the week e.g. Hand Washing with Soap; Safe Excreta Disposal, Safe Drinking Water; Personal Hygiene for Boys and girls; Looking After our School and; WASH Beyond School. These themes will have practical activities and will be done as stand alone. It is anticipated that through the in-school promotion sessions and school club leadership, each club member will impact an additional pupils. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA will purchase and distribute school hand washing buckets. The Community Hygiene Promoters (CHPs) will conduct hygiene promotion activities in the target districts. Promotion campaigns will target schools and vulnerable households in the vicinity of the water points developed under this project. The targeted groups will primarily include children, youth and women because children and the youth represent the most willing agents of change where as the women engage in the majority of activities impacted by poor hygiene. Drama and theatre will be used in sending out hygiene promotion messages to the targeted audience. These promotion activities will seek to create understanding of the connection between hygiene and health, as well as means to mitigate the impacts of poor hygiene on health. The audience will be advised on the benefits of water boiling, hand washing with soap during critical times such as after defecating, after cleaning babies’ bottoms, before handling food and before eating, and safe disposal of refuse. The project will conduct follow-up home visits to support household level adoption and behavioral change through the involvement of CHPs. The project will print and distribute IEC materials such as T-shirts, brochures, fliers, posters and caps with ECD, food security, and health and hygiene messages to promote education, food security and health. The CHPs will visit households to monitor progress on hygiene and provide advice with the aim of improving hygiene behavior. Such visits will be extended to the water points where water committees will be advised on ways and importance of keeping water sources clean. Visits will particularly focus on in-home refresher training on the benefits of clean drinking water and boiling, including how to transport store and use hygienic utensils to cook and serve food. The project will train Community Hygiene Promoters (CHPs). These will be trained in Community-Led Total Hygiene approaches that improve health. Preference will be given to those residing within the target communities and have the abilities to communicate in the local language. The CHPs will also be supplied with illustrative training materials to facilitate understanding of approaches, and to maximize participation to ensure that learners are fully engaged with and responsive to Community –Led Total Hygiene. It is anticipated that the adult learners will be able to take growing ideas to change their attitudes on hygiene matters and sanitation issues. The project will train small-scale farmers and government extension workers on improved agriculture practices (conservation agriculture) through demonstration plots. This will involve training small-scale farmers on improved agricultural practices so as to maximize agricultural productivity and optimize inputs. This training will include seed quality selection, improved crop varieties and cultural practices (i.e., land preparation, planting time, plant population density, zero tillage farming, weeding, and gapping, slopping, spacing, intercropping, rotating crops), soil water conservation, small-scale irrigation schemes, soil fertility management, post-harvest handling, seed production and multiplication. The training will also include organic composting which is chemical free, safe and promotes greater ecosystem health. The small-scale farmers will be trained on how to use local and natural materials readily available to them in order to produce compost. Famers will learn how compost can be used as a soil conditioner to improve yields, without little or no cost to the farmer except the labor input and how they can use locally available materials like green grass, cow dung, cow urine, ash, dry grass and topsoil as compost. Farmers will be shown when and how to water the compost for moisture content, and how to maintain the living organisms for the purposes of producing rich humus, which can be ready for field use. The project will l purchase and distribute assorted vegetable seeds to targeted households (community/women’s groups, and schools. These vegetable seeds will be provided to communities, schools, small scale farmers and women groups to establish individual vegetable gardens, and thus diversify food sources on food security. Vegetable seeds such as Rape, Okra, and Sugar beans, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Mupilu (local vegetable), Nanga (local vegetable), Spinach, Carrots, Egg plants and Sweet potatoes will be provided directly through CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA. The project will establish and support school gardens and train women’s groups on nursery management/vegetable gardens through demonstration plots which will consist of members. The project will support and promote communal gardens. The project will support targeted beneficiary groups—particularly self-selecting and identifying women and youth groups to set up household vegetable gardens. In order to maximize the productivity of such inputs, the project will provide technical hand holding and mentoring. While the vegetable gardening will be managed individually per household, a group methodology will be used for training and mobilization to encourage one another and improve learning. The project will support women-headed households and youth groups who also have access to land along the rivers to encourage them to take part as water will be readily available to support vegetable production. The women and youth groups will be trained on vegetable production technology, irrigation techniques and compost making. This training will include composting nursery management for fruit tree seedlings, watering, and transplanting, with the aim to introduce horticulture to communities where this is not practiced. Additional households will be encouraged to begin vegetable gardening around their homestead before and during the rainy season. Men will be encouraged and consulted to ensure that they support their women counterparts in nursery management and vegetable gardening. These initiatives will help to improve food security and income generating activities within the communities by decreasing dependence on single crops (vulnerable to drought), diversifying and enhancing the nutritional value of family diets, as well as providing additional sources of income. All projects will be managed by committees within each community selected by the project members (with the exception of the backyard gardens, which will be individually managed). Three quarters of the crops from the communal gardens and individual backyard gardens will be consumed directly by household members of the project. The remaining quarter will be shared with vulnerable people, exchanged or sold for cash earnings which will be used to purchase school materials, uniforms, seeds and basic household goods such as candles, soap, salt etc.) The earnings will also be used to pay for medicals and transport. Gardening and live stock will reduce food insecurity since it will improve the quality and quantity of food within households. Target beneficiaries will be identified through community based targeting in collaboration with Home Based Care Facilitators, Village committees and full community participation. The project will target the most vulnerable, who are often less well organized and less easily identifiable. The project will purchase and distribute garden sprayers, hog wire rolls for the communal gardens in order to keep cattle, pigs, dogs and illegal hunters out of cultivated fields. The project will help communities with the purchase of hand pumps and drilling of boreholes. These boreholes will be drilled in areas/communities where gardening will be introduced in order to make water available all year round to aid the gardening activities. Working hand in hand with the district leadership and the community members, CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA will be able to identify beneficiaries for all the items and products that will be purchased by the project so as to reach the most vulnerable groups/people. In order to boost the gardening activity, the project will repair broken water wells in the targeted communities. The project with the help of the communities will identify village level hand pump caretakers who will be trained on maintenance of the community water point/hand pump. The project will train female headed households on vegetable production and organic pest management. The female headed households will be trained on vegetable production more because of the nutritional benefit of vegetables and the role of women in influencing household diet. This will also help the women to diversify their income, which in most cases also plays vital role in improving household food security and in empowering them. The women will be trained on vegetable production techniques. Since pests have been one of the impediments to agricultural production, the project will train female headed house on organic pest management methods. This will include identification of local pests and effects on plants/crops, production of botanical herbicides (medicinal tree leaves, burning cow dung and cow urine), and crop husbandry practices of pest management, such as intercropping , crop rotation and live fencing. The project will purchase and distribute gardening tools and supplies to assist during cultivation. Also in order to enhance food security and income generation, the project will introduce/strengthen livestock (goat) re-stocking. Goat husbandry is ideal due to accessibility to potential markets and high market value. Communities through programme leadership of CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA will undertake the following interventions to demonstrate the potential value of proper goat management and local improvements in goat marketing.

  • Purchasing and delivery of breeding stock (Saanen and boar cross) including local breeds will be purchased with the assistance and care of a veterinarian.
  • Development of improved market links and logistics for buying, collecting and selling goats in bulk to high-paying markets.

CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA with encourage communities to build local improved holding pens at each household where the goats will be introduced. The project will train community households in small live-stock production and management. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA will also encourage pass-on programme for goats so that more households will benefit. Each household will be given one male goat (Saanen/ boar cross) and local two females to breed. The cross breeding of these animals produces bigger goats which may even fetch more money to strengthen food security. Apart from just selling these goats for meat, these animals will also be able to produce milk which will be sold to generate more money for household food security. This kind of cross breeding produces high quantity of milk which will also be consumed by the children at household level and at the ECD centers in order to improve nutrition so as to improve health. These efforts will incorporate other households who have adopted charcoal making to reduce this destructive land use practice of tree-clearing. The garden and live stock will be financially self-sustainable due to its high market. Gardening and live stock will help community members to yield enough for home-consumption as well as provide surplus for sale which will strengthen food security among the vulnerable communities. The project will take into consideration the issues of respecting and protecting the environment by initiating and supporting soil and water conservation activities which facilitate knowledge sharing between the communities involved in this project to conserve water sources. Women’s’ participation in planning, implementation and evaluation will be ensured significantly in water, hygiene and sanitation projects. Women will be encouraged to actively get involved in WatSan and village hygiene communication/ committees/activities. The project will take into consideration activities that would avoid any soil erosion, flood problem, accumulation of stagnant water around the schemes that maybe suitable for breeding of mosquito and other water related diseases due to the construction of water schemes or available streams. Furthermore, the project will encourage community members to construct improved pit latrines from locally available materials in a way that maintains and keeps the cleanliness of localities in order to avoid the spread of communicable diseases. To respect and promote the environment, the project will mobilize communities and create awareness on Natural resource conservation/environment and tree planting in the targeted communities along side other awareness activities. The project will encourage communities to establish tree nurseries that promote food security (e.g. fruit trees) near water points using slogan ‘cut one tree, plant two trees’. The project will encourage tree replacement, soil, water conversation, access to roads, fire breaking etc. The project will promote community participation and consultation in management, respecting and protection of the environment as a cross cutting issues through out the project cycle. The project will focus on supporting and strengthening community initiatives through community-based rural livelihoods activities such as food security, income generation, training government extension workers, youth, organised women’s groups, female HHs, other able individuals willing to work in groups, capacity building for leadership and self-reliance, and changing attitudes towards innovations in agriculture by setting up demonstration farms/plots and supporting goat rearing. The project will further support community empowerment especially for women and the youth by promoting gender awareness and activities that will lead to increased access to income e.g. drilling borehole for community members to carry out irrigated vegetable production. Gender awareness will also involve decision making, division of labor, land ownership and the incidence of HIV, AIDS. The entire project cycle will be managed jointly by the implementing agency, the relevant local government authorities and project participants/benefiting communities. The project will prioritize the participation of women, youth, female HHs, PLWHA and children – as they are among the most marginalized in the proposed project communities. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA has a long history of working through and with local partner organizations; this project will identify such NGOs/ CSOs and work with them in order to widen outreach. CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA will provide opportunities for families and communities to participate at different levels, based on their strengths and life experiences. Families and communities will work with CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA in ensuring that there is proper accountability supervision and management of Education, Health and Development activities. Collaboration will be established with families and community representatives for programme planning, management and evaluations. The project will be based on approaches that will facilitate transition and sustainability. Thus, the project will promote sustainable agricultural systems by facilitating the uptake of well-proven, profitable, low-risk technologies by communities. The health component of the project aims to have a direct positive effect on the health of targeted communities by using a combination of preventative interventions and improving access to health care.

Remote

Ok

Benefits

  • Training Provided
  • Language/Cultural Support Available

Benefits

  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Those interested can e-mail the Country Coordinator,CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA on e-mail:childhopezambia@zambian.com/childhope_project@yahoo.com/mvulachim@gmail.com.You can also phone us on :+260-211221658,Mobile:+260 977773243


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