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Promoting Equitable Development amongst Women and Children in Zambia

The HIV/AIDS pandemic still has devastating effects. Currently 12% of Zambians are infected, with 11% of children under 18 having lost one or both parents.

The responsibility of caring for these children is often transferred to other relatives – a burden that is simply too high for families living on less than $1/day to manage. Approx. 75% of all households in Zambia are caring for at least one orphan, and approx. 7% of households are headed by children, due to the death of both parents.

For many women in Zambia the loss of a husband means not just losing a loved one, but losing their home. Women are rarely aware of their land or property rights, and few have written wills in place. Thus, women can become victims of property grabbing from male relatives, leaving themselves and their children vulnerable and without security.

Since 2007, Irish Aid has co-funded Habitat for Humanity’s Pamwesu project in the Lusaka and Ndola provinces in Zambia. This project aims to promote equitable development and human rights amongst women, orphans and other children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in Zambia. This August, thanks to Irish Aid, and your incredible support, a new 3-year phase of this project began.

Results for 2007-2015:

  • Homes with latrines were built for 456 vulnerable families
  • These 456 families now have land documentation and have received training in inheritance rights and DIY/home maintenance
  • 8 water points were installed, serving 2,016 individuals
  • 597 beneficiary families and 28,466 community members were reached through training and awareness raising on HIV/AIDS (prevention, care and treatment), succession planning, and will writing

Objectives for 2016-2019:

  • To improve access to land and property rights by strengthening and empowering communities, especially women and vulnerable children, to participate in governance and advocate for their rights
  • To mobilise community members and leaders and strengthen community responses to improve social perceptions, prevention and services for HIV/AIDS and gender based violence
  • To strengthen the capacity of families to protect and care for orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS through access to housing, sanitation, and vocational training.

Habitat homeowner Clara Chanda outside her new home (c) Habitat for Humanity

“This project aligns with the SDG goal number 11 which speaks to the need for ensuring access to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services for all and to upgrade slums by 2030. Through this project we will be able to empower our citizens and increase their participation in advocacy for better services and accountability.” – National Director of Habitat for Humanity Zambia, Kanyata Mukelabai

 Thank you for your ongoing support – our work simply wouldn’t happen without you!

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