Kachere Development Programme (KDP) developed good cooperation during the financial year. Notable among our supporters for the year 2012 were Kindernothilfe, Simavi, UNDP, Expanded Church Response to HIV Trust, and the USAID-Zambia led Prevention Initiative (ZPI). Each of these partners has particular thematic areas of cooperation.
Simavi is supporting our work in sexual reproductive health rights, water and sanitation and community and organisation capacity development. The support is targeting rural communities especially among women and children under 5 so as to provide a comprehensive primary health care system. The ECR support is helping 416 persons living with HIV and AIDS, 38 children on exclusive breastfeeding, and 416 orphans and vulnerable children in primary, secondary schools and colleges. Our support has seen more than 41 students in colleges receive financial and material support to enhance their careers. This support helped to alleviate the challenges of finishing their tertiary education. Some of the students have finally been recruited to work as government teachers. There are 13 primary schools, 3 secondary schools and 1 college that have benefited from this funding. This work is made possible with the help of 78 community health volunteers. The USAID Family Health International 360 Zambia led Prevention Initiative (ZPI) funded project was formalised in the third quarter and will run for one year but subject to extension for the next few more years. Through this grant, KDP will empower community leaders (traditional headpersons) and lay counsellors to contribute to the further reduction of HIV and AIDS. Furthermore the support will empower 75 women in PMTCT, help establish 60 self-help groups (SHGs) (1200 women) and also promote referrals for those women at antenatal clinics who need to be put on ART.
Additionally, Kachere Development Program Director-Reverend Dennis Milanzi had an opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom in June 2012 as an International Guest Speaker in Bath City on the Environment Sustainability for Rural Livelihood. This is a program that attracted other key speakers from Brazil, UK, and Indonesia as a pre-conference submission to the Rio 2012 in Brazil. The conference was co-hosted by the Church of England’s Diocese of Bath and Wells and the Catholic Diocese of Rifton-Bristol.
Kachere Development Programme has continued to strengthen future partnerships through its resource mobilisation program. The organisation is seen as a potential partner both at local and international level. In this regard, it is the core values of the organisation to exhibit financial discipline and management, transparency, integrity, commitment and accountability in all its dealings with partners and the communities it serves.
KDP will strive to develop new partnerships and also to retain old partnership. This can be seen in some of the partners who have been maintained for a long time. Some of such long term partners include Kindernothilfe (2010-todate), Simavi (2008/2009, 2011-2013), United Methodist Committee on Relief (2008-2012) and the Global Fund Round 8 facilitated by Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ) through the Expanded Churches Response to HIV Trust (2010-2012). This development has helped in building organisation’s excellence and donor confidence in program delivery.