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ZAMFAM

The Zambia Family South Central (ZAMFAM SC) Project is a five-year project being implemented by Development Aid from People to People (DAPP), Creative Associates International (Creative), Kabwe Adventist Family Health Institute (KAFHI) and Network of Zambian People Living with HIV/AIDS (NZP+) with funding and technical support from the American People through USAID/Zambia. It is based on the understanding that it is the Zambian people themselves who can and will improve the care and resilience of OVC, their families and caregivers.

ZAMFAM supports 125,000 OVC per year who benefit from improvements inherit household resilience and wellbeing, while government and community-based capacity to support OVC has been strengthened.

In 2017 alone, ZAMFAM supported 138,832 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and carried out capacity building of 72, 219 families.

The project has achieved this by engaging children, youths, guardians, community volunteers, community groups, teachers and local leaders, in creating many frontiers of tackling community problems, with a main focus on increased utilization of the available resource and increasing survival, livelihood, education and health for children infected, affected or vulnerable to HIV.

Families have been organized in Community Action Groups, which creat a platform for mutual support and an entry point for provision of services. The 2800 groups meet weekly for lessons and actions including improving water and sanitation in the homes, improving nutrition, planned and take action in addressing the needs of individual children. 48,548 families so far have benefited from pass on gifts including input for legume production, chicken and goats and they participated in internal lending and saving groups.

ZAMFAM volunteers screened and tested the children and by the end of the year 74,461 (54%) knew their HIV status, with 9,463 children being HIV positive. 603 Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been engaged to provide health services to the children through family visits including HIV prevention services.

The project also enhances the shared learning and evidence base of the development community and thus has demonstrated the power of Zambians to create change for themselves.

The demand for OVC care and support is high in the Central and Southern Provinces of Zambia, where 18.9% and 21.5%, respectively, of children are orphaned and/or vulnerable. This is exacerbated by the high poverty levels, with 47.3% of OVC not having their basic material needs met. The high poverty rate, combined with food insecurity, prevents meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) targets on health. Building the capacity of vulnerable people and their communities is essential for securing a healthy and safe life for OVC. A number of successful, holistic community development programs are being implemented, including DAPP’s Child Aid program, which has a proven track record in improving household resilience and food security, reducing under-five malnutrition, and improving gender mainstreaming. ZAMFAM SOUTH CENTRAL seeks to build upon these successes to strengthen the capacity of families to improve the overall living conditions of OVC.

The project team includes DAPP, Creative, KAFHI, NZP+ and local sub-grantees (CBOs). All activities are being implemented in close cooperation with Government Line Ministries and are linked to other OVC projects especially those funded by USAID including ZAMFAM Copperbelt Lusaka, Zambia Rising and Community Rising.

Project Goals and Strategies

The overall goal of ZAMFAM SOUTH CENTRAL is to improve the care and resilience of OVC in the Central and Southern Provinces of Zambia by supporting, protecting, and strengthening the capacity of children, families, and communities.

This goal is being achieved by:

  • Increasing resilience of households to care for children and adolescents living with, affected by and/or vulnerable to HIV;
  • Improving child wellbeing status due to provision and accessing of quality care and support services;
  • Increasing capacity of government and community structures to care for and support children and adolescents living with, affected by and/or vulnerable to HIV; and
  • Strengthening shared learning and evidence base to improve programming and inform policy and program investment.

ZAMFAM SOUTH CENTRA works in target districts in the Central and Southern Provinces with beneficiaries under the STEPS OVC Project. Over 100,000 OVC in the STEPS OVC project have been assessed using the Child Status Index and children found eligible have transitioned into ZAMFAM SOUTH CENTRAL.

ZAMFAM SOUTH CENTRAL uses a holistic approach to community mobilization and ownership that engages children and youth, volunteers, community groups, teachers and local leaders, creating many frontiers to improve the care and resilience of OVC, their families and communities. The project strengthens families by working through Community Groups established by the project, including: Action Groups, Kids and/or Youth Clubs, Saving Groups, Pass on Loan Groups and Support Groups for People Living with HIV/ AIDS (PLWHA). These groups and clubs create a platform for members to mutually support each other in improving care and support for OVC and to strengthen the resilience of the households.

The groups also provide a forum for training and motivating families to improve care and support for OVC while also creating a platform for economic strengthening. Child Care Volunteers (called Community Caregivers in STEPS OVC) will support each individual child through targeted household visits. They will also be part of the Action Groups.

Project field staff based in the operation areas work “shoulder-to-shoulder” with the OVC, families, community structures and government structures to ensure that all project goals and objectives are reached. To implement this principle, ZAMFAM SOUTH CENTRAL has established operational areas. Each area includes approximately eight schools, 50 villages and an estimated 800 households caring for 2,000 OVC. For each of these operational areas, the project has employed and trained one Project Leader and three Community Mobilizers, who are based in the area of operation. They are responsible for implementing all activities with the families and network with all relevant community level and local government structures.

The project has engaged local CBOs to join the project and work with Child Care Volunteers (CCV) and community structures to increase resilience of households to care for OVC and support the families to increase the children’s wellbeing.

Activities

Increasing resilience of households to care for OVC

Training families to improve farming methods: Families are trained in productive and climate smart farming methods, planning and budgeting including improved crop and livestock management, marketing and processing of produce. The project promotes growing of Soya Beans and other legumes, including growing of vegetables and trees. Families in urban areas will be trained in business and production.

Revolving loans: Loans include small livestock, grains, irrigation equipment and funds for small businesses.

Saving Clubs: The project facilitates the opening SILC- Saving groups, in which family members of OVC can participate in order to increase their financial literacy and freedom.

The project promotes nutritional gardens: Health plants promoted include orange flesh sweet potatoes, orange maize, a variety herbs such as ginger, garlic, mint, lemon grass and Moringa tree. The project promotes organic gardening methods – including use of compost.

Nutrition: The project promotes good cooking and preservation methods using local nutritious foods in order to avoid processed foodstuffs. Healthy cooking methods and menu planning is also highly recommended by the project.

Improving child wellbeing status

Early Child Hood Development: The project has trained parents in early childhood development and care (ECDC) including early stimulation of the children including teaching parents improved parenting skills.

HIV Testing and Counselling – Care and Support: The project works with other partners, government and communities to promote HIV testing and counselling through mobile outreach sessions and door to door activities with a goal to at least 75% of all children in ZAMFAM must know their status and that all children tested HIV positive are linked to services.

Water and Sanitation: The project promotes families to construct latrines and to improving hygiene in the homes including hand washing methods and kitchen hygiene.

School block grants and education

The project supports schools with block grants in return for the schools supporting OVC unable to pay school fees. Activities include improved infrastructure and water and sanitation. The project also trains peer educators and teachers to improve maintenance and utilisation of the facilities and to improve lessons and activities in the schools related to HIV and WASH.

Children, parents and communities are sensitized on issues related to education such as disadvantages of early marriages and engaging into unprotected sex before marriage.

Youth Clubs: The Youth between 13 to 22 years of age learn life skills with focus on reproductive health and HIV, socialize and have fun together. ZAMFAM, additionally provides support to youth 18 to 26 years of age to start production through Self Help Groups

Increasing capacity of government and community structures

Trainings and skills transfer: The project works with and build capacity in local structures such as Village Action Groups, Community Welfare Assistant Committees (CWACs), Support Groups for OVC and Youth Clubs. It will work with Local Leaders, Child Care Volunteers and Community Health Workers.

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