Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2008 2009

Details for Mechanism ID: 3032
Country/Region: Zambia
Year: 2009
Main Partner: FHI 360
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $1,032,938

Funding for Care: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (HKID): $1,032,938

This activity relates to track 1.0 OVC projects such as RAPIDS (8947).

Family Health International (FHI) began implementing a Track 1.0 OVC program Faith-based Regional

Initiative for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children (FABRIC), in Zambia, in August, 2005. Currently

FABRIC is in 2 provinces and 3 districts. Since its inception, FABRIC has reached 10,390 OVC with food

and nutrition, education, psychosocial, and heath support. Of the total OVC reached, over 70 % received

support in at least three core primary direct services. In FY 2010, FABRIC will maintain and support FY09

target of 8,000 OVC.

This activity has four components: (1) capacity building and financial support of Expanded Church

Response (ECR); (2) capacity building of ECR's local partners; (3) essential service delivery to OVC

according to need; and, (4) collaboration and linkages with GRZ and other key service providers. Through

these four components, FABRIC will build and strengthen family and community capacities to provide a

sustainable supportive environment for orphans and other children made vulnerable through HIV/AIDS.

Under the first component, FABRIC will provide technical assistance to its local partner, the Expanded

Church Response (ECR) in project management, OVC technical areas, and monitoring and evaluation

(M&E) and to ensure that the acquired knowledge and skills to support quality OVC activities in their

communities is maintained. Further, through on the job training, the capacity of ECR in capturing end of

project M&E data including documentation of best practices and lessons learnt will be strengthened.

Under the second component, FABRIC will support ECR and their 15 local partners to continue networking

and coordinating with existing government and nongovernmental structures providing OVC services in the

same catchments. This will ensure OVC access comprehensive continuum of Care. FABRIC will continue to

strengthen the OVC identification and assessment process using a child and Household Assessment form

and will link them to the relevant institutions for care and/or support. FABRIC in collaboration with ECR will

continue to support the measuring of the quality of the services being provided to individual OVC through

Child Status Index (CSI).

To prepare for end of project, FABRIC will facilitate a project closeout workshop. During the year,

monitoring will focus on ensuring that quality end of project data is captured and FBOs are able to

document best practices and lessons learnt in the established OVC projects. Supervisory visits to monitor

the quality of service provided will be conducted by FABRIC. This will provide an opportunity to provide

"hands on" capacity building of ECR and FBOs staff in all aspects of the programme, thereby, increasing

the technical expertise, financial management and organizational capacity of local partners.

FABRIC will continue to improve ECR‘s technical ability to support the trained care givers as they

implement psychosocial support, basic nutrition counseling, and educational support activities. OVC

guardians will be encouraged to be more resourceful in the use of locally available foods e.g. groundnuts,

beans and soybeans. To ensure more sustainable food security support from locally available partners,

FABRIC will link ECR and the sub-partners to Ministry of Agriculture and other programs such as National

Food and Nutrition Commission and World Food Program. Educational services will include material

support to OVC that will facilitate school attendance such as textbooks, exercise books, pencils, school

bags and uniforms. In addition, recreational, socialization and play opportunities including day, weekend

and/or holiday camps will be provided. OVC (8-17years) will continue to be involved in making decisions in

what they want the program to do for them. FABRIC will also continue to invite health workers to make

presentations and have discussions with the youth on prevention of HIV and other STIs, gender and

sexuality, implications of early pregnancy etc.

The program will continue to establish linkages and referrals to other services available to OVC and their

caregivers to ensure their diverse needs are met. FABRIC will refer OVC in need of health services to local

health institutions to access Counseling and Testing, ART, anti-malaria and any other ailments. To ensure

quality child growth, FABRIC will also train OVC guardians in early childhood development skills in order for

them to adequately engage the under-five OVC e.g. by ensuring they are fully immunized. Faith Based

Organizations (FBOs) will also be supported to participate in National child health week, World AIDS day

and Day of African Child activities.

FABRIC will continue to support six FBOs with income generating activities (IGAs). In order to ensure

improved business, training will be provided in entrepreneurship skills to all the FBOs and will provide

"hands on" capacity building in management of the IGAs to ensure profitability and sustainability. Further,

monitoring will be done to ensure OVC continue to directly benefit from the IGAs profit.

The third project component is the delivery of essential services to OVC according to assessed needs.

FABRIC, through ECR, will continue to support the 15 local partners to expand and improve quality of OVC

services. These partners will reach 8,000 OVC with psychosocial support, educational programs, nutritional

support, health care, and through referrals, legal and other services. In particular, efforts will be made to

work with the existing Men's Christian Fellowship Committees within various churches since men are

traditionally the decision-makers and their participation could have great influence on community attitudes

towards support of OVC.

In the final component, FABRIC through ECR will strengthen the collaboration with GRZ and linkages with

other stakeholders. FABRIC and its local partner ECR will work closely with government structures in

particular the District HIV/AIDS Task Force (DATF) with the aim of linking the FBOs to other partners in the

respective districts for continuity of the support and care to OVC. FABRIC will continue to link the projects to

the appropriate government services such as the welfare assistance schemes. Further, FABRIC through

ECR will strengthen further, the linkages with church existing structures such as social, financial, women

and men committees, local leaders, and community based structures, such as Community AIDS Task

Forces (CATF) and Resident Development Committees (RDCs) to ensure they are supportive of project

activities. In collaboration with the Zambia Prevention, Care and Treatment Partnership, FABRIC will

continue to support community-level counseling and testing and referral for antiretroviral therapy in

Luanshya district and scale up to Chingola district. ECR and the local FBOs will also be encouraged and

Activity Narrative: assisted to set up linkages with other health and social service providers within the community, through

established referral systems, to ensure optimal use of available services and maximize the benefits to the

OVC, their caregivers and families. Linkages will be made for ECR and their FBO partners to organizations,

such as the Young Women's Christian Association, that address issues of social inequalities between men

and women and harmful gender cultural norms and practices which are fueling the HIV epidemic. This

approach will strengthen FBOs networking skills and collaboration with other implementing partners and

government ministries.

The program recognizes the critical link between gender and HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and is aware

of the fact that despite efforts made by gender based interventions, gender based inequalities and gender

based violence are still rife and continue to have negative impacts on children and families infected or

affected by HIV/AIDS. This program will strengthen the integration of gender across all service components

of its program by ensuring that girls and boys have equitable access to services and are not unfairly

discriminated on the basis of gender. The program will identify creative strategies to include more male

caregivers who can support and become role models for young boys. To ensure this is done, FABRIC will

build the capacity of ECR and FBO staff by conducting gender mainstreaming of HIV/AIDS program


To ensure sustainability at the end of FABRIC, in addition to linking FBOs to Government and other

community level existing structures and institutions, the priority shall be economic strengthening for the

family/care givers by extending the CETZAM micro credit scheme currently only in Chingola to primary and

secondary care givers in Luanshya and Kafue districts. In addition FABRIC will support ECR to establish

Self help support groups for OVC teenage mothers and child headed households currently only in Kafue

district to Chingola and Luashya districts. To ensure sustainability, these support groups will be linked to

existing government ministry such as Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child development and to various church

level committees. Further, in FY09, a close-out plan will be developed to ensure that there's enough time to

implement any specific activities identified as part of this phase such as capacity building. Where need be,

individual FBO mentoring sessions will be held to prepare them for the close-out.

New/Continuing Activity: Continuing Activity

Continuing Activity: 14540

Continued Associated Activity Information

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

System ID System ID

14540 3729.08 U.S. Agency for Family Health 6861 3032.08 Track 1 OVC: $751,465

International International Community

Development FABRIC

9184 3729.07 U.S. Agency for Family Health 5065 3032.07 Track 1 OVC: $409,963

International International Community

Development FABRIC

3729 3729.06 U.S. Agency for Family Health 3032 3032.06 OVC Project $472,301

International International


Emphasis Areas


* Increasing gender equity in HIV/AIDS programs

Health-related Wraparound Programs

* Child Survival Activities

Human Capacity Development

Estimated amount of funding that is planned for Human Capacity Development $70,000

Public Health Evaluation

Food and Nutrition: Policy, Tools, and Service Delivery

Estimated amount of funding that is planned for Food and Nutrition: Policy, Tools $190,000

and Service Delivery

Food and Nutrition: Commodities

Economic Strengthening

Estimated amount of funding that is planned for Economic Strengthening $74,000


Estimated amount of funding that is planned for Education $75,000


Table 3.3.13:

Subpartners Total: $385,154
Expanded Church Response: $385,154
Cross Cutting Budget Categories and Known Amounts Total: $409,000
Human Resources for Health $70,000
Food and Nutrition: Policy, Tools, and Service Delivery $190,000
Economic Strengthening $74,000
Education $75,000