Afya Mzuri formed in 2000 as the DFID-funded Zambia HIV/AIDS Business Sector project and registered as a Zambian NGO in 2003. Afya Mzuri means ‘good health’ in Swahili and over the years through responding to community needs, its mandate has expanded.
It is a reliable local partner of Cecily’s Fund and has successfully implemented Cecily’s Fund ‘Access to Education’ programme since 2013 working closely with schools to identify the most vulnerable children to support. Afya Mzuri is an implementing partner of our DREAMS Innovation Challenge project in Chingola, helping 900 vulnerable girls remain in school whilst strengthening communities through training in entrepreneurship and the formation of savings groups.
Bwafwano means ‘helping one another’. BISO is a registered NGO and has worked with Cecily’s Fund to provide a range of education and welfare support services for orphans and vulnerable children since 1998. Together with Cecily’s Fund, BISO has implemented a range of cross-cutting programmes that include entrepreneurship training, home based care, access to education, and training in life-skills for adolescents who have either dropped out of school or completed their education but remain unemployed. BISO remains embedded in its local community in Chazanga district, Lusaka such that is has become a consistent and knowledgeable implementing partner.
Cecily’s Fund has been a main funder of BISO’s pre-school school since 2003, enabling the building of a dining hall and a new library, as well as providing a vital feeding programme which provides a nutritious meal each day to some of Lusaka’s most vulnerable children.
Founded in Kitwe in 1988, the Copperbelt Health Education Project (CHEP) worked at the forefront of the AIDS response in Copperbelt Province. One of the first organisations of its kind, CHEP is highly experienced in the delivery of behaviour change projects - in particular the prevention of AIDS and tuberculosis.
With the support of Cecily's Fund, CHEP runs a peer health education programme which recruits young people supported by Cecily's Fund and trains them to be peer educators. Peer health educators become crucial role models, facilitate health awareness sessions in schools which reach over 7,000 children a year, and often go on to play other vital roles within our programmes.
Junior Achivement Zambia
JAZ is a national Zambian organisation which forms a part of the international Junior Achievement network, which was founded in the United States in 1918. The organisation first became a partner of Cecily’s Fund in 2013, when it assisted with our Fresh Start entrepreneurship programme funded by the Department for International Development / UKAid. JAZ provides vocational training in entrepreneurship and business skills as well as in financial literacy, all are essential tools in helping orphans and vulnerable children build a better and more sustainable future for themselves.