Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 4959
Country/Region: Zambia
Year: 2007
Main Partner: Catholic Relief Services
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: FBO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $0

Funding for Care: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (HKID): $0

This activity relates to activities in CRS Success HBHC (#9180), HTXS (#9182), and HVCT (#9181), other Track 1.0 OVC projects, and RAPIDS HKID (#8947).

In its fourth year of operation, the Track 1.0 Catholic Relief Service Community HIV/AIDS Mitigation Project for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CHAMP-OVC) will ensure that OVC lead a higher quality of life and that faith-based organizations (FBOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) have sustained capacity to deliver high quality OVC services. To reach these objectives, activities will focus on community mobilization, linking with other sectors and initiatives especially those funded by PEPFAR and the GRZ. Building local organization capacity and training will make programs more sustainable. In FY 2006, CHAMP-OVC reached 4,880 OVC with essential services in the core program areas and trained 102 caregivers. The project will reach 10,500 OVC in FY 2007 through community mobilization and closer linkages with other sectors and initiatives. Both male and female OVC will have an equal opportunity to benefit from the interventions provided by the program.

In FY 2007, the CHAMP-OVC project will continue to support two diocesan partners of the Catholic Church, Mongu Diocese in Western Zambia and Solwezi Diocese in North-Western Zambia. The project will also scale up to reach a third diocesan partner to provide care and support to orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS. CHAMP-OVC staff is active in the USG OVC forum and the program links closely to RAPIDS and other track 1 OVC programs to avoid duplication and overlap and ensure complementary services where possible. The OVC program has strategically selected its operating areas to coordinate with other USG-funded OVC programs to avoid duplication of services. In addition, CHAMP-OVC integrates with the CRS SUCCESS home-based care project in areas served by both projects, to incorporate care and support to OVC in home-based care settings. The CHAMP-OVC will link to Pediatric ART programs in the areas where it exists by helping to identifying children who may be in need of ART and then providing ART adherence support. Support and care services for OVC will include educational support, psychosocial support, child protection, life skills training, health care, and shelter rehabilitation.

CHAMP-OVC will further strengthen its monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to track output and outcome indicators and also to ensure that duplication and double counting are eliminated. The project will also continue to strengthen the M&E capacity of two dioceses which are implementing the OVC activities.

Community mobilization activities are designed to build community awareness about the needs of OVC and to promote a sense of community ownership of the activities being implemented. Examples of these activities include drama performances, social activities, psychosocial support and recreation activities for youth. Linkages with other sectors will include education support for OVC, paralegal counseling for OVC households, and nutritional education and support programs.

In order to ensure the sustainability of these programs and their networks, CHAMP-OVC and partners will conduct training for OVC caregivers and receive support from CRS in quality assurance and other sustainability issues such as local organizational capacity development. Two hundred and ten volunteer caregivers will be trained in psychosocial skills, basic counseling skills, monitoring and evaluation, child protection issues and nutritional education. The Catholic structure in Zambia, and the significant complementary role it plays to the GRZ social services system, will out live external funding trends. CHAMP-OVC will provide diocesan partners with guidance in quality assurance by conducting site visits, providing technical support, and systematic feedback on financial and programmatic reports. In addition, CHAMP-OVC will build the capacity of partners in programmatic and financial management through trainings and site visits. Utilizing the capacity and trainings from CRS, the partners will, in turn train and support faith based OVC programs in North-Western, Western, and a third province to be identified.

Subpartners Total: $143,920
Solwezi Catholic Diocese: $71,960
Mongu Catholic Diocese: $71,960