ChildFund Zambia launches country strategic plan

ChildFund Zambia has launched its country strategic plan for 2022-2026 under the theme growing connections.

ChildFund Country Director Simba Machingaidze says the organization is working to ensure that no child is robbed of what is rightfully theirs.

“The process of formulating a new strategic plan has given us the opportunity to take stock of our past successes and failures, to determine our vision and future goals in the light of the challenges ahead, and to put forward our strategies in response to the changing needs of the communities that we serve,” he said.

The strategic objectives include promoting increased access to inclusive, high quality health and ECD services for 414,219 infants and young children aged 0-5 years in ChildFund catchment areas by 2026.

The objectives also aim to increase access to safe learning opportunities for 300,000 children aged 6 to 14 years and increase the protection of children from violence among others.

And the Country Director says that the strategic objectives attest to the commitment of ChildFund to putting children’s needs and experience at the center of their policy and practice.

Meanwhile Officiating at the event, Minister of Community Development Doreen Mwamba says this initiative will go a long way in supplementing government efforts of uplifting the living standards of the people.

“The initiative will greatly contribute to the achievement of the Eighth National Development Plan which is anchored on four pillars namely Economic Transformation, Human and Social Development, Environment Sustainability and Good Governance Environment,” she said.

Ms.Mwamba notes that issues patterning children can never be over emphasized as enshrined in the constitution on the rights of the child

The Minister added that the government is equally committed to the internal legislation process focusing on the enactment of the Children’s Code Bill.

And speaking at the same event a local partner representative with ChildFund Mutale Mwamba says their relationship provides greater reach and capacity to influence the partners as-well rooted in the districts they operate through the different forums.

He said, the relationship ensures that benefits and services are accrued to the communities over a long period of time covering successive generations, way beyond the relationship with ChildFund.

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