In Zambia Help a Child works together with ROCS (Reformed Open Community Schools) to alleviate extreme poverty of the Mutwizi and Mwamba communities. This is done through an integrated community development approach called 'Achieve'.

ACHIEVE stands for Action for helping CHIldren and youth with access to quality basic Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship skills. ACHIEVE is build on the foundations of the ENGINE program that endured from 2011 till 2015. During this period, Help a Child and ROCS were able to adress  some of the root causes of deprivation and extreme poverty in Mbala. With support from Help a Child ROCS contributed to increased access to quality primary education, early childhood care and support, increasing food security through trainings in conservation farming, formation of self-help groups and providing technical and vocational training to over 2600 youths and young mothers.
The focus of the ACHIEVE program is to strengthen the existing community structures, such as Parent Community School Committee (PCSC), self-help groups and cluster level associations to make sure these structures are able to sustain and carry on the development process. Main activities are:

  • Facilitating consultative meetings between Ministry of Education (MoE), PCSC and PMCs aimed at increasing collaboration and participation;
  • Strengthening CLAs in leadership skills  through coaching and mentoring and linking them to relevant government departments for more support;
  • Facilitating linkages between schools and Ministry of Education to access teaching and learning resources;
  • Linking selfhelp groups and CLAs to the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU), agricultural extension officers and private business organisations and individuals;
  • Training selfhelp groups, CLAs and TVET youths on entrepreneurship skills;
  • Facilitate trainings on lobby and advocacy in order to selfhelp groups and other groups to benefit from SME policies.