Kachere Development Programme (KDP) is a registered Zambian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) registered under the laws of the Republic of Zambia. It is registered with the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) under registration number 124321.
The organisation was founded in January 2012 in Chipata District of the Eastern Province of Zambia. The organisation has an independent board of trustees and became formally autonomally registered in July 2014 as Kachere Development Foundation but operating under the trademark of Kachere Development Programme. The organisation was founded by Dennis Milanzi, an Anglican Priest with more than 15 years of experience in community development work and resource mobilisation. The founder used his experience of working with rural and vulnerable communities to help transform vulnerable and most at risk populations such as children and women.
The Vision and Mission of Kachere Development Programme are:
To be a community where marginalized and impoverished people utilize their potential for sustainable health, education and economic development.
To bring about tremendous and long term transformation in some of the local communities impoverished by underdevelopment, diseases and poverty.
Our Mission Statement is:
KACHERE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME exist to contribute to the sustainable transformation of the social, economic and political development process of vulnerable and marginalized rural communities through integrated health and development model to the people of the Eastern Province
Kachere Development Programme has three thematic areas of running its programs.
These thematic areas are:
KDP major programs in health are focusing on community health where the major approach is based on promoting prevention and control activities. Our programs in health support activities in malaria, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and other common diseases among vulnerable communities and populations. The health programs are implemented through a partnership with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health. This linkage is further strengthened through networking with other NGOs and partners.
Our health program is aimed at promoting health strengthen at grassroots through the capacity development of the health front liners who are mainly the Community Health Volunteers who bridge up the gap of effective health delivery.
Kachere Development Program endeavours to improve its programs in all areas. For example, the development programs are looking at the community integration of activities in water and sanitation, food security, climate change mitigation and natural resource management, women economic empowerment, and other programs which promote gender equity.
Governance plays a key role in promoting accountability and transparency in governance of the nation. Kachere has identified the gaps that local communities face in providing checks and balances at local governance level. As part of engaging the local communities in building bridges for governance, Kachere will mainstream this component into most of the programs currently being implemented.
Kachere Development Programme has since its inception implemented a number of works and projects. These projects are related to health, development and business.
Over the years the organisation has strengthen its local and international recognition through its philosophy of moving communities from handouts to sustainability.
Kachere Development Programme has made the following achievements:
(a) Children Education Support
The project ran for the period 2012 to 2014 with support from the Global Funds through the Sub granting by the Expanded Church Response to HIV Trust-Zambia (ECR). Under this project Kachere provided comprehensive education and material support to 310 orphans and vulnerable children in primary schools (220), secondary schools (75) and Teacher Training Colleges (15). These are children with special needs such as children who are orphans, withdrawn from early marriages, abuse of gender related cases and those withdrawn from the streets and from child labor and other hazardous environments.
Kachere has also incorporated the early childhood development education programs into the education programs by establishing 4 ECDE Centers with a population of 280 children below the ages of 7 years. The fully fledged ECDE center is running at Kanjomba ECDE School in Chief Maguya area of Mphanga Project Site.
The ECDE center has 2 volunteer teachers and 72 children. The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) committee is in place and working hand in hand with the Cluster Level Association (CLA) and our Sub Committee on Education.
(b) HIV/AIDS, Gender Based Violence, Harmful Cultural Practices and Women Economic Empowerment
This project was aimed at empowering women and reducing sexual and gender based violence cases that are related to harmful cultural practices. The project was implemented for one year (2012-2013) and at the end of the implementation we managed to provide HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC) services to 275 expectant mothers to prevent the mother to child transmission (PMTCT, empowered 1036 women in economic strengthening to increase household incomes through the Grassroot Owning Wealth (GROW) model and conducted community awareness campaigns to 4000 people with 30 Traditional leaders and Traditional Counsellors receiving capacity building trainings. The project was funded by the Family Health International 360 (FHI360) under grant contract of the USAID Zambia Led Prevention Initiative (ZPI).
(c) Children Rights and Women Empowerment
The project has been running since the organization’s inception with financial support from Kindernothilfe. Kindernothilfe has in the past four years provided a grant of Euro €50,000 towards organization and women capacity development. The project looks at the rights of children using the women under the Self-Help Group approach. This approach unleashes the potential of the most vulnerable women through capacity development, weekly savings and lending, small businesses and other empowerment innovations which seek to change the perception of male dominance and ownership of wealth. The project has 143 self-help groups (SHG) (an SHG has membership of 15-20 women) with individual membership of 3,289 women and 1,134 children from SHG members’ households. The SHGs members have a total capital, loans and interest amounting to US$57,000.
(d) Climate Change and Food Security
Kachere has been implementing an integrated agriculture and natural resource management strategy to mitigate the impact of climate on the smallholder farming communities. The project first phase was funded by the United Nations Development Program Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme at the cost of US$48,000 for a timeframe of 2 years from November 2012 to October 2014. This project has recorded great success of building capacity to 938 farmers, 45% increase in food production of value chains (horticulture, legumes and corn) and reduction of deforestation through the planting of 12,583 trees.
(e) Agribusiness-Sell More for More
The project focused on improving profits among smallholder farmers. The project was funding through a local purchase order grant of US$5,000 for one year to support the training of 30 Master Trainers in Agribusiness under the Sell More for More concept. The Master Trainers have also reached out to 386 smallholder farmers in the communities. This concept has been promoted by our partner-ACDI/VOCA through a USAID Profit+ project.
(f) Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, Maternal Child Health, Water & Sanitation
This was a two year project from 2012 to 2014 and its focus was primarily in three key areas of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, maternal child health and Water and Sanitation Health Education (WASHE) projects. Through a Euro €138,000 grant from Stitching Simavi in the Netherlands, Kachere trained 100 community health agents, traditional birth attendants and 18 Village WASHE committees, sinking of 13 protect water wells and construction of 14 ventilated improved (VIP) pit latrines at a rural primary school. The project also sensitization messages to 16,402 members of the communities.
(g) Agriculture Enterprise and Gender in Development
This is a new funding model supported by the USA Government through the operations assistant grant of US$ 98,577 from the Africa Development Foundation (USADF) to promote enterprise business opportunities among smallholder farmers. The project which is directly benefiting 1,346 farmers was started in October 2014 and will run up to September 2016. The project has helped in creating the Business Section of our organisation through the establishment of the Kachere Development Enterprise which currently runs the Kachere Cooking Oil Production Project (KCOPP). In the past 8 months the project has provided sunflower seed to 275 farmers and trained 119 lead farmers in improved crop production and value addition.
The KCOPP is running the Cooking Oil Expelling Machine to produce cooking oil for profit making. The dividends from the profits will facilitate the sustainability of Kachere’s social programs and minimize dependence on external funding.