ADVOCACY is the deliberate process of influencing those who make policy decisions. CARE’s use of advocacy will always:
ADVOCACY is a strategy that Lifesavers uses to complement our efforts to:
Lifesavers will use advocacy to influence those who make policy decisions.
Lifesavers will use advocacy as a deliberate process, involving intentional actions. Therefore, before implementing advocacy strategies it must be clear who you are trying to influence and what policy you wish to change.
Lifesavers approach to advocacy is to focus on policy makers above the household level, and to improve the livelihood of significant numbers of people. At the same time, advocacy is not restricted to those policy makers who work for the government. There are policy makers who work for the private sector, and who exert enormous influence over poor communities. It is important to keep in mind that policy makers are always human beings, not institutions. Advocacy is used to influence the choices and actions of those who make laws and regulations, and those who distribute resources and make other decisions that affect the well-being of many people especially the vulnerable groups.
The multiple disadvantages that affect the lives of Zambian women and call for the promotion of equity come into play in many aspects of all the interventions of the programme. For instance, it is mostly women who bear the brunt of walking longer distances to take their children to health centre. It is also mostly the women who are involved in providing Home Based Care services for the chronically ill and also serving as community health workers. At the same time, traditional expectations on the roles of women in the home in relation to her roles in the community in some cases raises conflicts of interests and allegiance. The Lifesavers seeks to integrate appropriate approaches to gender and seek to create opportunities both for females and males to participate and equitably benefit from the projects interventions.
3. Special Abilities
People with special are among the most vulnerable to poverty and social injustice. Lifesavers projects will endeavor to create opportunities for children with special abilities to enroll school. Further, the project will include people with special abilities to participate and benefit from the interventions through capacity building.
Lifesavers Programme interventions will incorporate sensitization messages that will promote protection of the environment. The Programme will identify pertinent environmental issues and integrate them in the projects monitoring to ensure that the Lifesavers projects promote environmental protection in relevant ways.
5. Christian Commitment
The religious institutions are very important in the meeting the aspiration of the Organisation owing to the fact that Advocacy for child Justice is built on Christian principles. It is an often under exploited foundation upon which to build the cost effective interventions and develop a community-based programme. The programme seeks to work together with the church and build the capacities for religious institutions to better develop intervention strategies. The church constitutes the most coherent and organised religious institution that responds to the interventions. The Christian commitment component is integrated in the implementation of all interventions. This will be done in all trainings, sensitization campaigns and community preparedness meetings. This will instil the awareness and realisation of God’s love.
6. Volunteer Programmes
Advocacy for Child Justice has partnered with A BROADER VIEW VOLUNTEERS a registered 501 © (3) a charity organization based in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, USA. ABV sends assistance to Zambia in form of Volunteer Human resource from US, UK, and Canada. ACJ assigns volunteers to Health care institutions, Dental institutions, Orphanages, primary/community schools and other programmes helping children and the community at large. Lifesavers Programme coordinates the valuable Human resource to get the best out of their skills in order to improve the wellbeing of children.