development, active learning, child protection, and psychosocial support in order to address the needs of children and in its later years added an ECD component to its operation.The project aimed to improve the quality of education and the learning environment in schools; providepsychosocial support (PSS) to children and their guardians/caregivers; increase influence on policies for
orphans and other vulnerable children; and improve children’s health and nutrition.
With support from ELMA Foundation and building on the SCOPE OVC project and the Moyo wa Bana(IMCI) project 2002-2013), CARE Zambia implemented the
Survive and Thrive - Health and Development for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Zambia (2008-2011)
project which aimed to improvequality of education and health provision for under-fives through strengthening community schoolmanagement and integrating community-based IMCI into existing ECD services in 32 community schools(also ECD centres) in four districts (Kabwe, Masaiti, Ndola and Serenje). Among key activities were teacher training, training school managers, child health promoters (CHPs), infrastructure development, provision of teaching and learning materials, provision of play equipment (toys, swings, merry-go-rounds etc) andfacilitation of supervisory visits by MOH and MOE.The Strengthening Community Schools to provide Education and Other Related Services (
project which started in January 2010 was an EU-funded initiative to support a range of educational
development and HIV and AIDS response activities in Lundazi and Chama Districts of Zambia’s Eastern
Province. The project was implemented by CARE International Zambia in partnership with the ReformedOpen Community Schools (ROCS). This project used the community school as an entry point and workedto build the capacity of the community school leadership (Parent Community School Committees) tomanage the schools and network effectively with other local responses to HIV and AIDS. In addition,SCO
RES also sought to build ROCS’ capacity to continue providing support and guidance to community
schools post the project period. More specifically, SCORES focused on building the skills and capacity of community school management structures, the
Parent Community School Committee (PCSC)
, to shoulder the increased responsibility arising from the dual role of education service provider and HIV/AIDS responsecoordinator and facilitator.
Baseline Status, Activities and Achievements/Impact of SCORES
The project took a holistic approach to mitigating the impacts of HIV/AIDS on orphans and vulnerablechildren and addressing their diverse needs by strengthening the capacity of communities and usingcommunity schools as centres of care and support.
External reviews of the project such as the
Baseline Report,Impact-Outcome Evaluation Report
Mid-Term Evaluation Report
as well as field visits to projectcommunities, revealed clearly that the project recorded a number of successes.
Prior to the full implementation of the SCORES project in 2010 (May), a study was conducted by CAREInternational-Zambia aimed at providing baseline information on the project
s key indicators and ultimatelyto be used in assessing the project outcomes falling within three expected results. This section provides