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Programmes

The children we work with in Livingstone are either affected or infected by HIV/AIDS. Their resulting experiences and problems can have a great affect on them psychologically and socially, which is why we are working at building a holistic programme to support these children.


PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT THROUGH RECREATION

Our growing psychosocial programme is designed to support the children emotionally and socially.   We gather the children each Saturday and give them opportunity, time, motivation and energy to play together through organised activities.  Simply involving them in a game gives them a sense of belonging and a feeling of being valued and cared for.

Our trained caregivers provide guidance, love and care whilst strengthening the children’s sense of belonging and identity by encouraging them and trying to promote their happiness.  The caregivers have undergone psychosocial support training to learn how to recognise a child in need and how best to relate to and talk with children about their worries and feelings.


ACTIVITY DAYS

When funding permits, LACP takes children on activities such as trips to Victoria Falls, the international airport, local national park and organises activities such as ball game tournaments between the Dambwa and Ngwenya centres.


FEEDING PROGRAMME

As a supplement to the psychosocial support, we feed a hot, nutritious meal of traditional nshima, meat, cabbage and relish, to up to 400 children once a month at the Saturday recreation programme.

Of course, these feeding days are hugely popular and successful despite our limited budget and help the children concentrate on the day with a free mind, knowing they will have a delicious meal at the end of their recreation time.


CHILD LABOUR PROGRAMME

Child labour is work carried out by children under the age of 18 in conditions that are detrimental and dangerous to the child, affecting their proper physical, emotional and intellectual development. Close to 900,000 children are said to be involved in child labour in Zambia.

Education and recreation are two of the many rights of children to which child labour is a major barrier to and contravention of those rights.  LACP is currently running its ‘Combating Child Labour through Education and Social Prevention Measures Programme’ with funding from the European Union through the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and its International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC).

In Livingstone you find children working as prostitutes, selling beer in bars, crushing stones in the quarry, street vending, doing domestic labour or scavenging from dump sites – and that’s not where it ends.

LACP are targeting 300 children for ‘withdrawal’ from HIV/AIDS induced child labour in addition to targeting 400 children who are susceptible to child labour for ‘prevention’. LACP will provide them with transitional schooling where their basic literacy and numeracy skills are developed and where they have access to essential pyschosocial counselling.

Whilst in their transitional schools, the LACP teachers will also deliver the IPEC developed SCREAM programme (Supporting Children’s Rights through Arts, Education and the Media) to children affected by HIV/AIDS induced child labour.  This enables the children to take the messages learnt about child labour and HIV/AIDS to family and friends at home and in their communities, thereby becoming agents of social change.

After a suitable period of transitional schooling, the children are then placed within government schools for formal education, giving them back their right to education and an opportunity to reach full physical and psychological development.  LACP will also provide school uniforms and basic stationery supplies.

Acknowledging the financial difficulties these families face, LACP is also targeting 300 families to support income generating activities, trying to eliminate some of the reasons why many children find themselves out of school and in labour.

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