The orphans and vulnerable children are increasing everyday in our communities. We are familiar with what it means to be an orphan or a vulnerable child. How friends and families are torn apart and how through death, stigma and discrimination the social fabric of communities are destroyed.
CCCYD is striving to better the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in Solwezi District. Most of the children are made up of children whose parents died living them with grandparents who are unable to take care of themselves talk less of the orphans. Some are a result of divorce where the father is irresponsible and the women are forced to take their children back to their families thus increasing the burden on her mother who is a widow and has no source of income. These orphans are usually malnourished, dropouts and start roaming the streets at tender ages because they don’t have anybody to directly assist them. As a result, some of the orphans get involved in prostitution and burglary to make a living. Some of the young girls are forced in to early marriage which ends up breaking because they were not prepared for marriage.
By the end of 2013, the organization supported 205 0rphans and Vulnerable children in four communities, namely Muzabula, Kimasala, Zambia, and Highlland compounds providing them with educational support (Shoes, books, and uniforms in order for them to acquire basic education. This is just a tenth of those who effectively need support.
Organizations Management Structure and Capacity
The organization is managed by an executive committee comprising of 10 members elected after every three years as stipulated in the constitution. The executive comprises of: - Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary (Executive Director EX Official), Treasurer, Projects Co-coordinator, Assistant project Co-ordinator and four committee members.
The group has also identified, approached and mobilized volunteer community own Resource persons (skilled/trained personnel) especially in the area of HIV/AIDS, OVC Support, Entrepreneurship and vocational skills training. They work through provision of knowledge skills and ideas for projects identification, design implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation, documentation and reporting. They offer services on voluntary basis.
Organizations Accountability and Financial Transparency
The organization maintains accounting records that strive to secure transparency, accountability and effectiveness. The treasurer maintains a record of all funds received and expend from the organization. The treasurer reports are tabled before the executive committee and general meetings for deliberation and approval. The financial books are also available to the members for review. The projects and activities carried out by the organization are based on annual financial budgets. The treasurer prepares and presents cash flow analysis tools, petty cash book and the income and expenditure accounts. The organization accounting records also involves use of invoice, raising of vouchers verification, approval and systematic filling for reference. Reports on budget provisions and really expenditure are compiled and approved at all relevant levels including, project management level, executive level and general members level.
2.0 Summary of Activities
2.1 Educational support and food supplement to Orphans and Vulnerable children (OVC)
Provision of educational assistance such as uniforms, jerseys and shoes aims at supplementing the efforts of parents and guardians to meet the needs of the children for them to remain in school and contribute the nation economy if they graduate. Education support was considered to be one of the priorities for the support of OVCs identified by the organization. So far 205 Orphans have been supported under our OVC support programme.
The organization distributed the following items:
• 67 pairs of school shoes
• 100 Jerseys
• 154 School skirt
• 44 School trousers
• 131Schools shirt
• 60 Jean dresses
• 500 Books
• 15 x 25kg bags of mealie meal