ACJ Zambia Partnerships
Regional and local
ACJ believes that concerted efforts are required in the fight for child justice and so collaborates with both Regional bodies and local Civil Society Organizations that are child-centred.
At regional level, it interacts with the Civil Society Forum (CSO-Forum), African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) and Child Rights Network in Southern Africa (CRNSA).
Locally, ACJ enjoys strong collaboration with Government line Ministries and child-centred Civil Society Organizations and networks. It sits on the State Party Technical Committee, a body mandated to submit State reports on the situation of children’s rights and their implementation in the country before mechanisms such as the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The Organization is a member of and current Coordinating Organization of the National Child Rights Forum (NCRF), a Coalition of 21 child-focused CSOs, member of Children in Need Network (CHIN), over 300 members, Zambia National Education Coalition (ZANEC), Zambia Civic Education Association (ZCEA), Prisons Health Advisory Committee (PHAC), Paralegal Alliance Network (PAN) and the Child Justice Forum (CJF).
ACJ has enjoyed strong partnerships with international Organizations that have in time past and continue to provide technical, financial, material, moral and spiritual support for the continuity and growth of our work. Some of these are:
DANISH MISSION COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (DMCDD): For over 5 years, funded our Mutule Child protection Project on combating child marriage and prostitution in 2 Provinces ( Lusaka and Central), which has successfully retrieved more than 350 children from these ills and further supported their families’ IGAs for boosted household income. This is as a preventive measure of these problems. The Mission also donated Medical equipment to furnish our Community Clinic which is under construction in Lukata Village and intended to offer quality healthcare for the more than 8000 inhabitants who are 35 km away from the nearest Health Centre. This will lighten the burden placed on the existing facilities in Central province which service more than 300,000 people.
HOPE’S DOORWAY: Has been a long standing partner in our health and education pillars, coming in with Medical supplies and expertise during our Lifesavers’ Medical Missions and Community Health Awareness Campaigns. They have continued to provide sponsorship for our children withdrawn from early and forced marriages and prostitution as well as other vulnerable and orphaned children in John Howard/ Chawama areas, Lusaka, Lukata Village, Chibombo District and Katoba Village, Chongwe District.
PLAN INTERNATIONAL: For over 4 years, supported our Legal Aid Desk Project whose focus is to enhance the capacity of duty bearers in the Zambian Justice system, advocate for the establishment of child friendly courts, strengthen community structures and linkages. All in a bid to promote improved administration of child justice in Zambia.