Theme 4

We work with local people, community organisations and decision makers to help them support orphans and vulnerable children in their community.

Empowering communities is the fourth core area of Cecily's Fund's programmes in Zambia. This theme has evolved over the years as our experience has shown that to make our interventions sustainable, the involvement and ownership by local communities is paramount. By engaging, consulting and involving local communities in our projects, we are sharing skills, knowledge and networks that create a foundation for the work to continue.

Our 'Hands on Learning' project funded by Comic Relief in 2012 was the first move towards this work as we engaged with individuals in local communities through ward committees to be the voice of orphaned and vulnerable children. By training local people in advocacy and representing orphans' needs and welfare we were able to help put the importance of supporting orphans and vulnerable children back on the agenda with councillors and MPs.