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SHALOM PROJECT – Lusaka

The families of the compound who have to maintain handicapped children represent the most vulnerable and discriminated part of the local society.

This consideration is noticeable not just from the economic point of view, because other than that this precarious life condition there are many other issues caused by all the additional needed expenses to handle a disabled, transport, medical cures, supporting tools, etc.., on a psychological and cultural level.

General objective of the project is to build and provide multiple functional center supplied with a medical clinic and with a physical therapy department, as well as a nutritional and educational center able to supply to all the many necessities of the population in Kanyama, with particular attention to the disabled cases.

The last beneficiary of the project are the disabled children as well as the other children of the compound.

In Lusaka Africa Calls International has being supporting other projects:

Mulela School for the Disabled where the organization funding provides for daily feeding of the disabled children for lunch, the school equipment and gives physiotherapy and related exercises to them.

Nyawa’s Academy where the organization program provides funding for the food and a service of physiotherapy to 20 disabled children on Fridays.

Kanyama Compound Parents is a committee of 30 parents of disabled children who twice pro month meet all together to share the difficulties of disability. We help them by providing a feeding program and physiotherapy to educate the parents on how to relate with their children.

NUTRITIONAL CENTRES – Ndola – Luanshya - Kitwe

Project in cooperation with The Association Pope John the 23rd

AIM: To improve the healthy livelihood of orphans and vulnerable children who are under five (5) years and malnourished.

OBJECTIVE

     

  • To contribute towards food supplement accessibility for malnourished under five (5) children.
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  • To contribute positively to the facilitation of under five nutrition and healthy education for plus guardians and parents.
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  • To contribute positively towards the stepped up reduction of infantry death rate and disease.

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ACTIVITIES

IDENTIFICATION: This involves identifying the under five (5) malnourished children in the whole local community. And only the most malnourished children are selected and enrolled on the programme. The identification is done by the healthy centre. This exercise is done by the healthy clinic workers. The list of the malnourished children is brought to the centre every after one month. The mother’s whose children are identified are encouraged to attend the lessons at the centre before they are on the programme, serious identified children are assisted immediately.

EMERGENCY CASES: On this activity children on the emergency are helped according to their needs. E.g. the positive mother who are advised not to breastfeed their children they are given infant formulae milk.

EDUCATION: Primary Healthy Lesson, Family Planning, importance of taking children to be vaccinated against the seven preventable killer diseases such as:- Measles, Polio, Malaria, Hoping Cough, Tetanus, Malasmus etc, Food preparation, Food Nutrition and hygiene session are conducted every Monday of each week.

COOKING DEMONSTRATION: Nursing mothers are now shown how to cook nutritious meals using different approach and methods of cooking food for their under five (5) malnourished children with the help of in-charge of Nutrition and Volunteers. Afterwards this food is shared amongst the malnourished children on the programme every Monday of the week at the Centre. These children are given Porridge with HEPS, groundnuts or eggs. The foods used for demonstration are as follows, Eggs, Milk, HEPS, Groundnuts, Vegetables, Mealie – Meal, Cooking oil, Beans and Sugar.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Under Five malnourished children are provided with the following Food Supplement - Mealie - meal, Sugar, Cooking oil, Groundnuts, Salts, Eggs, Beans, Heaps and Milk just to mention but a few. This is done on a Weekly / monthly basis.

ASSESSMENT OF WEIGHT: This is used as a tool to guide us monitor and evaluate the programme. Seeing to it that the children’s weight is improving or not. Weighing is done using a scale on a weekly basis. If the child’s weight is not improving the parents are called and counseled at the office or refered to the Healthy centre for other healthy complication check –ups.

DISCHARGE AND ADMITTING

     

  • As early said that weighing is one of the guiding tools which helps us with discharging and admitting of children.
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  • Upon seeing that the Under Five (5) malnourished child has gained weight and looking healthy, the discharge is done to he or she from the programme. However the parents are encouraged to keep on attending Primary health lesson until such a time the in-charge of nutrition see to it that the mother can finally stop attending lesson.
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Admission is done to serious cases only and to very malnourished and children with other healthy complication disease so that infant death rate might be reduced and controlled at all cost.

STREET CHILDREN SERVICE – Ndola - Kitwe

One of the worse side effects of the increasing number of the orphans and the poverty in the families caused by the pandemic, is the daily increasing of the number of the children who live in the street.

Outreach Service: Identifying street children and responding to their immediate needs. In addition first aid and subsequent medical attention are provided along with counselling and access to relevant services. Visits take place twice in a week during the night and four days in a week during the day. On these visits we talk to the children, offer medical treatment and when necessary arrangements are made for the children to attend the doctor the next morning, the children are also informed about our other services and are invited to come to the shelter.

Centres for street children: The centres are a 24 hour residential care centre for those street children identified as wishing to be reintegrated into their own or another suitable family. During the day the boys attend a local Community School and in the evening they receive private educational classes and counselling, also taking part in the different activities.

Reintegration: An intensive programme incorporating education and counselling is provided to the children within the centre, while a team of trained social care workers carry out outreach work with the families, assessing the suitability of the family and its needs prior to the reintegration of the child.

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