Orphans support – provision of school requirements (school fees, shoes, Books pens, Pencils etc)
CCCYD provides educational support to orphans and vulnerable children in Solwezi and Kasempa Districts this is to enable children remain in school and improve on their livelihood also reduce on the burden of guardians who are failing to provide adequate support to many children left behind by their relatives who died due to HIV/AIDS. So far the organization is assisting over 700 Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) with the provision of Food stuffs, School requisites, Clothes, Psychosocial counseling support, Provision of livelihood skills training etc.
Below are the Strategies that the organization has employed to support OVC in Families and Community Based Care:
a). Helping children cope with loss.
Bereavement, counseling and peer support is given to young people they are given opportunity to express their feelings and talk with others who are in a similar situation. Recreational, sports, and arts programs to allow children to play and be children again and create an opportunity for information sharing and support.
b). Livelihood Opportunities for grown up OVC and care givers.
Poverty often prevents potential caregivers from being able to take in children in need. This situation makes youth vulnerable to prostitution and labor exploitation as they struggle to support themselves. CCCYD provides income-generating activity, shall be offering micro credit loans and small business training once funds are available. Others are provided with life serving skills such as Timber processing, Vegetables production, carpentry, Knitting and tailoring especially child headed households.
c). Material support to Households caring for OVC
Most caregivers of the OVC are vulnerable so much that they cannot provide for the OVC. Caregivers who are elderly or ill often need assistance and provide relief so Caregivers can continue to support their families.
d). HIV/AIDS information to the OVC
Every HIV new infection puts increasing number of children at risk. Education is the key to prevention. CCCYD through its existing structure specifically the Outreach workers provide HIV/AIDS education in all the catchments of the project areas. They work within the culture of the communities, use peer educators and address myths about HIV/AIDS. The involvement of young people who are at highest risk for becoming infected is the key to building community awareness, increasing voluntary counseling and testing and changing sexual behaviors to reduce the spread of the disease.
2. INCOME GENERATING ACTIVITIES
Chicken raring to support orphans – this project aims at uplifting the living standards of orphans
affected and infected by HIV/AIDS . Besides chicken raring being a source of income to support orphans, it is also a source of protein needed for the children infected by HIV/AIDS
3. HIV/AIDS PREVENTION AND CARE
CCCYD provides free HIV counseling and distribution of Condoms. The organization also engages communities in discussing effective prevention and care of HIV/AIDS through home visits and provides Nutritional support to people living with HIV/AIDS. The organization has established support groups of ten people living with HIV/AIDS.
4. SKILLS TRAINNING
The organization receives vocational tools from Tools with A Mission from UK Such as Sewing machines, Carpentry tools, computers and knitting machines. These tools are used to empower Youths, Orphans and vulnerable children with practical skills for self reliance. We are operating a computer based library using Encanter 2009 and computer self training programe. The organization has so far trained 30 young people in various skills of need.
5. LITERACY SKILLS TRAINING
In Zambia the illiteracy level is very high mostly among women and girls which is at 40% and 30% for men respectively. The organization aims at to lower the gap through introduction of Basic adult literacy and vocational skills so that those who had no chance of gaining formal education at a tender age have a chance of learning how to read and write at least in their own local language.
The project helps members of the community more especially women to develop other life skills such as negotiation skills for safer sex which is cardinal in reducing the further spread of HIV/AIDS. It will also help the people involved to have skill in negotiating for good agricultural prices from the agro-dealers and reduce exploitation.
This will be an eye opener to the learners and it will help to improve development in the rural areas as women will no longer be marginalized and exploited, and issues of gender based violence will ultimately reduce as women will learn their rights and how to defend them. Literacy will open up members of the community and this will help them to understand how to hold their leaders such as Area Counsellors and Members of Parliament accountable and they will also know that voting during national elections is their birth right and the only way of putting right leaders into office. Further more, the project enables women to vote for the candidate of their choice without the third party knowing which not the case is at the moment.