- A) LUSAKA- CENTER
- Health: In relation to HIV/AIDS, we provide supportive and preventative counseling. We also aim to provide a platform for HIV/AIDS, malaria and T.B. awareness campaigns, as well as reproductive health sensitization programs.
- Education: We provide basic education to orphans and other vulnerable children (O.V.C.) from pre-school, primary up to junior secondary (grades 8-9) education
- Training: We provide basic skills training in tailoring and design to widows, older orphans and youth. This training is an important tool in ensuring that the people in poverty who have the energy learn the skills to become self-reliant economically.
- Transit home 🙁 ORPHANAGE) for children aged 6years to 15years.
This home is for children who have been neglected, abandoned or lack parental care. The organization caters to their needs, such as schooling funds, food, shelter and access to health services.
Management has put in place a psychosocial program as an ongoing process of meeting children’s physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual needs, all of which are considered to be essential elements for meaningful and positive human development support.
The orphanage currently has 330 orphans and vulnerable children who may have lost one or both parents, mainly as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. These children are provided with basic primary education. This undertaking is onerous due to difficulties in acquiring resources, given the meager financial and technical support LIHOF receives. The teachers, counselors and child care givers work on a voluntary basis.
We are, however, mindful of the fact that this voluntary working arrangement does not ensure permanence. We intend to reward these selfless volunteers by networking with the bigger, well established NGOs to take them on their payroll at some stage.
Despite the difficult conditions under which community work is being done, LIHOF has had a number of successes.
- 12 young women have been trained in tailoring and design. This achievement is commendable given that the orphanage has few machines it uses in the training program.
- By the end of 2016, LIHOF had counseled more than 90 children with various psychosocial problems from the shanty communities, and had referred some of them for voluntary pre- and post-HIV/AIDS testing.
- Over the years the number of orphans and vulnerable children attending the orphanage center and community school has risen to the current 330 orphans. This program is their only hope of receiving any basic education. The school is well known in the shanty compounds and is registered with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare.
- We provide one meal a day to all the children attending school, many of whom have poor nutrition at their foster homes, and an evening meal for the ones living at the orphanage (transit home).
- Trained personnel provide counseling services.
- Tailoring and designing–survival skills training for orphans and other vulnerable people.
- Preventative and supportive psychosocial counseling for persons living with HIV/AIDS and other related illnesses.
- Basic education for 330 orphans and other vulnerable children (O.V.C.)
- An orphanage “Transit home” for homeless children who are housed there until social officers find them permanent homes.
- Efforts to combat stigma and discrimination through sensitization activities.