RICHARD BANDA FOUNDATION LOCATION: Plot No. 2344/7417, Kalomo Road, CHALALA, LUSAKA, ZAMBIA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The AIDS crisis in Sub-Sahara Africa has cost tens of millions of children at least one parent, and the future looks equally break. Millions more adults now infected with HIV are likely to die in the next decade. An unprecedented number of orphans created by the epidemic are straining the resource of poor nation like Zambia. And tens of thousands of babies born each year already have the disease. The street of capital, Lusaka are becoming home to more and more children who have nowhere else to turn, it is estimated that Zambia already has 900,000 orp... read more RICHARD BANDA FOUNDATION LOCATION: Plot No. 2344/7417, Kalomo Road, CHALALA, LUSAKA, ZAMBIA Email: email@example.com The AIDS crisis in Sub-Sahara Africa has cost tens of millions of children at least one parent, and the future looks equally break. Millions more adults now infected with HIV are likely to die in the next decade. An unprecedented number of orphans created by the epidemic are straining the resource of poor nation like Zambia. And tens of thousands of babies born each year already have the disease. The street of capital, Lusaka are becoming home to more and more children who have nowhere else to turn, it is estimated that Zambia already has 900,000 orphans and the figure is likely to reach at least one million in the near future. Zambia is also facing a crisis in terms of the Aged. The culture in urban areas is evolving and older people are being isolated. RICHARD BANDA FOUNDATION, are performing small miracles tending to the ill and trying to meet the needs of the Aged, Orphans, Vulnerable children and Children with special need (disabilities). The aim of this project is therefore to set out a shared sense of direction for RICHARD BANDA FOUNDATION (RBF), allied with a clear calculate and operational focus. This project has been developed through involving and engaging the different stake holders of RBF. i.e beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and other charitable organizations in Zambia in the planning process. OUR VISION We have a vision where the Aged, Orphans and vulnerable children and children with special need in our society in Zambia could experience a high quality of life, free from persecution and social injustices. To achieve this, we plan to build four to five care homes, a community clinic, and community school and for special need children in Katuba and around Zambia. We also intend to provide range of services. This will require dedication and high commitment to the cause. In view of this, the following are the aims, objectives and principles that under pins this project. AIMS, OBJECTIVES AND PRINCIPLE OF RICHARD BANDA FOUNDATION The aims of this project plan are:- * To develop coherent programs of the Management of the aged, orphaned and vulnerable children and children with special need (disabilities). * To address the needs of the aged, orphaned and vulnerable children with special need and young people in the community. * To strengthen Richard Banda foundation's current social care, counseling and emotional support services of the vulnerable. * To strengthen monitoring and evaluation processes of our programs. The Objectives are:- * To prescribe the targeted group. * To outline the commitment of RICHARD BANDA FOUNDATION (RBF) * To develop a dynamic frame work for implementing the planned services The principles of RBF in the implementation of this project are to emphasize that:- * The management of OVC, and children with special need is a priority in that children are the future. * The aged are normally neglected in our society as they reach end of life. We believe that they have a right to a high quality of life and require respect and dignity. * Young people are entitled to good health and education. Our ideal would therefore be a place where the aged, OVC and children with special need have access to needed services at all times. MISSION STATEMENT Richard Banda Foundation (RBF) recognizes that older persons, and orphaned and vulnerable children and children with special needs (children with Down syndrome condition) have the right to equal access to social, economic and cultural services and facilities. Like our mission statement states: If someone says "I love God ", and hates his brother, he is a liar, for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how then can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from him, that he who loves God must love his brother also. 1 John 4: 20 - 21 and that love starts with the people you see. We at Richard Banda foundation (RBF) love elderly persons, orphans, vulnerable children and children with special needs and we know that every child matters. Our concern is that: Older persons, orphaned and vulnerable groups and children with special needs suffer discrimination, rejection, oppression, exploitation, violation and marginalization in the social economic, cultural and political development of the nation. The impact of HIV and AIDS still claims the lives of thousands leaving many children orphaned and vulnerable with no care or family upbringing, while the elderly remain struggling for survival with no one to care for them. The epidemic has led to infiltration of households where older persons find themselves de facto parents in their old age when they may require support and expect to be looked after. Older people also remain the poorest members of the society with little or no income to sustain their daily material needs. Societies generally regard old age as a burden resulting in neglect and little or no attention to their needs. The situation is the same with the children with special need (disabled) they are also regarded as a burden resulting to some families hiding them in their homes. We want the project to keep growing, our new loving family environment is essential to care for the development of each child that we rescue. We are committed to providing each child with a loving home, education and training, a variety or recreational activities and access to necessary health care. Our heart is that each child will know their true value and reach their full potential. 1.4 KEY SUCCESS FACTORS * We help some families rehabilitate their dilapidated structure so that they can have descent homes. * Pay school fees for children in need. * Provide clothing. * Have meetings with those that have lost hope. * Visit the sick. * Bath the elderly and provide food. * We have had feeding and donation programs at our head office, were we donated mealie meal and various items to the aged and educational materials to (O.V.C) and a wheel chair to child with special need. 2.0 OUR BENEFICIARIES AND OUR COMMITMENT To make our vision come true, we need to focus on certain clientele. We cannot provide our services to everyone, hence the need to identify our key beneficiaries. We provide services to the aged and vulnerable. The terms "aged" and "Vulnerable" may mean anything and therefore the two concepts could be unpacked by simply stating that our services will be accessible to old people in need and those people in the society who are experiencing hardships. In this view the Vulnerable would include orphans, disabled and special needy children, and young people in general. 2.1 TREATING PEOPLE AS INDIVIDUALS It is important though to mention that we at Richard Banda Foundation shall always endeavor to treat beneficiaries as individuals. We plan to continue consulting the individual before we carry out any procedure and explain everything we do in details even if the procedure is part of his or her plan of care and has been done many times before. We shall never take a person's agreement for granted as highlighted by Nolan (2005). We shall be committed to the ethos of offering choice whenever possible. Our values are ensuring in altruism and we shall endeavor to engage the individual at all levels of service provision. This may translate into how, when and what kind of service is on offer based on a comprehensive need assessments carried out by qualified personnel. Of course, in cases where a choice is not possible due to variety of reasons this will be clearly explained. However, the principle will remain the same that our beneficiaries will not have care imposed on them without being actively involved in the process. 2.2 EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION In order for RBF personnel to continue being committed to their work, we shall ensure that they must learn to be outstanding communicators. We at RBF strongly believe that effective communication is the key to effective relationship We are also aware that communication is not only about talking but also about body language, dress, gestures, facial expression and position. 3.0 PLANNED SERVICES (care and support for the aged and vulnerable) Old people are being isolated and most of them have no access to appropriate health and social services. We plan to provide high quality services targeting the aged. RBF intends also to provide this service to OVC and children with special needs. The main difference between the care package that is offered by other care agencies and RBF care package is our methodical culture sensitive approach to service provision, knowledge and experience. 3.1 ADVANTAGES * The aged and vulnerable are supported to live well in the community without feeling rejected. * Culturally appropriate environment is created for the aged and vulnerable (disabled) and children with special needs. * Community members are designated as cares and volunteers to the aged and vulnerable/disabled. * Beneficiaries have the opportunity to access good diet. 3.2 MONITORING AND EVALUATION * Number of the aged, orphans and Vulnerable and children with special needy on our record. * Number of meetings held with stakeholders. * Beneficiary Profile * Development needs of each individual * Number of visits made to the community * Type of services we offer each beneficiary * Length of time spent with each beneficiary * Number of referrals made and where to * Number/Type of resources distributed * Number and profiles of organizations contacted, and description of contact * Record of specific issues discussed * Record of financial resources spent on beneficiaries.
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