Community Based Inclusive Livelihood Improvement and Empowerment

28-Oct-2020 | Projects | Petronella Chindumba

Christian Blind Mission International (CBM) has approved a grant for SOS Children’s Villages Zambia with the value of € 150,000 for three years, effective January 2021. The overall objective of the project is “to contribute to building inclusive, resilient, participative and accessible communities to all persons with disabilities and building their socio economic resilience”.

The specific objectives of the project are:

1.    200 persons with disabilities in Ndola and Masaiti have increased access to financial services

2.    100 persons with disabilities in Ndola and Masaiti districts have increased market relevant entrepreneurial skills.

  Seven Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) demonstrate increased voice and agency to influence social and economic stakeholders in Ndola and Masaiti districts.

4.  Improved policy environment on inclusion and participation for persons with disabilities

The primary target groups of the project are:

District level: 7 DPOs working in peri-urban areas of Ndola and rural communities of Masaiti Districts

Community level:

·         Approx. 500 persons with disabilities, including 100 youths (300 female and 200 male)

·         Approx. 150 families/parents of children with disabilities

The beneficiaries are predominantly in peri-urban areas of Ndola and rural communities of Masaiti District on the Copperbelt.

Secondary target group:

Community level: traditional/community leaders in 5 communities, teachers (including vocational skills trainers)

Provincial and district government institutions: justice institutions, Zambia Association for Persons with Disabilities (ZAPD) provincial offices, provincial - and district agriculture extension offices, provincial - and district health offices, and Ministry of Community Development and Department of Social Services. 

In order to implement this project effectively, SOS Children’s Villages Zambia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zambia Agency of Persons with Disabilities in Ndola (ZAPD). This umbrella body of DPOs will coordinate the DPOs in Ndola District and ensure that they form a functional network that will work to build the voice and agency of persons with disabilities.

Petronella Chindumba
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