Project #188 | Strengthening Mothers and Protecting Children in Zambia
Our partnership with Alliance for Children Everywhere
In 2019, Zambia experienced its worst drought in over forty years. Already ranked the fifth hungriest country in the world, Zambia experienced collapsed crops, plummeting wages, and doubled food prices that brought over two million people to the brink of starvation. With the COVID-19 global pandemic deepening this crisis, One Day’s Wages partnered with Alliance for Children Everywhere (ACE) to protect young children in crisis by economically empowering their mothers. Empowerment efforts began with distribution of food relief to address hunger, but relief alone is a short-term solution. Strengthening mothers frees families from cycles of poverty and preserves families long-term. This partnership supported a vital component of ACE’s Family Preservation and Empowerment Program (FPEP), which aims to prepare Zambian mothers for life and small business ownership after graduation. FPEP gives mothers of young children access to monthly food relief, job skills training, and community savings groups in order to protect lives, preserve families, and strengthen communities.
Our collective impact
Sewing machines provided
Parents and guardians trained
Children impacted by FPEP training
Meet Idah & Gabriel
Idah lives with her daughter and five grandchildren in the John Laing Compound of Lusaka Zambia. Her daughter was juggling with working a rigorous work schedule to ensure they had financial stability, which restricted her precious time spent with her children and yet still could not make enough money to provide adequately for her family. Idah complemented her daughter’s efforts by joining the FPEP program. Through this programming, she gained access to training in various small business skills and joining a savings group and food relief for her family. Following her experience in the program, she felt empowered to begin visualizing her own dreams mentioning that she wanted to begin saving up to create her own peanut butter business. Without the provision of food supplements, families in this region were at risk of starvation due to lack of nutritious food for these families. The FPEP program was thankfully able to provide their family with nutritious food, which were especially critical for children like Gabriel in addressing the critical nutritional markers for children in their first 1,000 days of life.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our jobs & skills fund.