Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2008 2009

Details for Mechanism ID: 293
Country/Region: Zambia
Year: 2009
Main Partner: Catholic Relief Services
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: FBO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $1,044,171

Funding for Care: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (HKID): $1,044,171


These activities relate to activities in Catholic Relief Services (CRS) CRS SUCCESS II HBHC; HTXS, and

HVCT; other track 1.0 OVC projects, and RAPIDS HKID.

This is the sixth year of operations for this Track 1.0 OVC Project, Support to OVC affect by HIV/AIDS,

implemented by CRS. This project coordinates closely with the CRS SUCCESS home-based care project

in Zambia. This partnership has increased its effectiveness in the last few years. In FY 2008, CRS OVC

reached 16,547 OVC with various services, including: educational assistance, psychosocial support; child

protection; health, shelter and economic empowerment and training of 2,500 care givers.

In FY 2009, the CRS OVC project will continue to ensure that OVC have access to high quality services.

The project will continue with programs which ensure that faith based organizations (FBOs) and community-

based organizations (CBOs) have sustained capacity to deliver high quality OVC services. The project will

continue to intensify community mobilization. In FY 2009, the project will hold at least 20 community

mobilization activities aimed at raising the awareness of OVC issues. These will be conducted by the

Diocesan partners at the project level. The target group includes, but is not limited to, local community

leaders, religious leaders, guardians, teachers and OVC beneficiaries. The campaigns will also enhance

community participation in identifying volunteers, setting criteria for OVC enrollment, stigma reduction, and

strengthening the extended family system. 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.

CRS OVC will continue to follow and strengthen the established identification process for OVC. OVC are

first identified by caregivers, through home-based care programs and home visitations follow. The children

who are identified are then verified by community leaders/committees. After the verification exercise, a

direct registration form is used as a final document to take the client on as a beneficiary. Thereafter, the

form is sent to the parish for purpose of updating the beneficiary list.

The project will continue to support two diocesan partners of the Catholic Church (Mongu Diocese in

Western Zambia and Solwezi diocese in Northwestern Zambia). CRS OVC links closely to RAPIDS OVC to

avoid duplication and overlap, as well as to other Track 1 OVC activities. It also integrates with the CRS

SUCCESS II HBC project in areas served by both projects, to incorporate care and support to OVCs in

home-based care settings. Support and care services for OVCs will include (1) educational support, (which

includes the payment of school fees, provision of uniforms, and other educational materials); (2)

psychosocial support (which includes addressing the emotional, spiritual, mental, physical, and social needs

of children); (3) and Child Protection, which involves sensitizing parents/guardians and the community at

large about the rights of children and birth registration. The project will further train OVC guardians in coping

skills to help them cope with life.

The project will continue to focus on the three core services mentioned above, although some children will

be reached with less than three services. In FY 2009, the project estimates that it will reach 17,500 OVC

(8,750 Direct and 8,750 Supplemental) through community mobilization and closer linkages with other

sectors and initiatives.

Linkages with other sectors and initiatives shall be emphasized in order to promote leveraging. The program

has strategically selected its operating areas to link to other USG funded OVC projects (such as RAPIDS),

home-based care, and ART programs. Linkages with other sectors will include education support for OVC,

paralegal counseling for OVC households, linkages to nutritional education and support programs. Partners

will conduct training for OVC caregivers and receive support from CRS in quality assurance and local

organizational capacity development in order to promote sustainability. CRS will train 350 volunteer

caregivers in psychosocial skills, basic counseling skills, monitoring and evaluation, child protection issues,

and nutritional education.

CRS will continue to provide partners with guidance in quality assurance by conducting site visits, providing

technical support, and systematic feedback on financial and programmatic reports. In addition, CRS 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 Northwestern, and Western provinces .CRS will work with partners to strengthen parish and

community structures to ensure sustainability of activities. Integration of the program with other programs is

on going in order to achieve synergy and promote sustainability of programs within the Diocese.

It is estimated that $26,000 will be spent on health, shelter, and child protection activities.

New/Continuing Activity: Continuing Activity

Continuing Activity: 14372

Continued Associated Activity Information

Activity Activity ID USG Agency Prime Partner Mechanism Mechanism ID Mechanism Planned Funds

System ID System ID

14372 3635.08 U.S. Agency for Catholic Relief 6805 293.08 Track 1 OVC: $298,201

International Services Support to OVC

Development Affected by


8852 3635.07 U.S. Agency for Catholic Relief 4959 293.07 Track 1 OVC: $0

International Services Support to OVC

Development Affected by


3635 3635.06 U.S. Agency for Catholic Relief 2966 293.06 CRS OVC $804,030

International Services Project


Emphasis Areas


* Increasing gender equity in HIV/AIDS programs

Human Capacity Development

Estimated amount of funding that is planned for Human Capacity Development $22,000

Public Health Evaluation

Food and Nutrition: Policy, Tools, and Service Delivery

Food and Nutrition: Commodities

Economic Strengthening


Estimated amount of funding that is planned for Education $124,000


Table 3.3.13:

Subpartners Total: $0
Solwezi Catholic Diocese: NA
Mongu Catholic Diocese: NA
Cross Cutting Budget Categories and Known Amounts Total: $146,000
Human Resources for Health $22,000
Education $124,000