Our Technical Expertise

Social entrepreneurship

We run FOCCAD as an enterprise and are busy raising young people and women into entrepreneurship. We have social clubs where young people and women tackle own challenges in a local way through local solutions and innovations. Girls are helping reaching one another against early marriages through this approach.

 

Social media

We train young people to use social media for development. Through Facebook and WhatsApp, we’re able to engage into meaningful discussions with young people about SRHR, health in general, HIV and AIDS and other development agenda. We pro-vide a platform by coaching and mentoring young people through social media.

 

Linking girls with positive models

FOCCAD has strong district networks of positive models that are able to en-gage with young women. We are one of the few youth-led organizations championing girls only camps to give girls voice and develop strategies to deal with early forced marriage and access SRHR in a friendly and dignified environment.

 

Accelerator approach

We have adopted unconventional approaches in training and skills building. We use incubators, and pitch sessions for business ideas, youth technical and vocational skills, leadership and mentorship approach. This harnesses the power of experiential learning. We facilitate internship opportunities for young people to learn

 

Family Health model

Our journey starts with pregnant and lactating women, enrolling them into our health programs, providing ANC, family planning, Testing and follow-up services, we provide emergency transport services to nearest health facilities, we engage in defaulter tracing through strong networks of community agents, health promoters and bicycle taxi transporters, we introduce early infant diagnosis for mothers living with HIV and work with children living with HIV through teen clubs.

 

We support early child hood development through CBCC centers and children corner centers.

 

Gender and male engagement.

FOCCAD is a pioneer of one man can clubs in Malawi through community groups of men who motivate fellow men into health programs promotion. In Salima, FOCCAD has successfully implemented the Nditha Project in health facilities where men are working as supporters tracing women and children missing out on PMTCT and ART.

 

Our Technical Expertise

 

Community systems strengthening

Over the years in all our strategic areas, we have proven to be one of the most effective partners in engaging and building the skills of the communities. In health we have trained, mentored and coached communities and broken barriers to care and support. Young people, women and young women have been linked to quality SRHR through this expertise. Access to quality PMTCT which has helped over 6000 pregnant and lactating women and 600 babies has been achieved through this approach.

 

Health system strengthening.

We are among few Youth NGOs proactively engaging in health systems strengthening. We have successfully worked with health facilities, building community competence through clinic-community coordination meetings. We have trained over 200 health workers, community agents and local leaders net-works. We have also supported delivery of quality SRHR and other health related interventions by partnering with health facilities, developing protocols and standards.

 

In livelihoods we have adequately engaged and established community sup-port structures, in emergency and disaster we are among few local NGOs engaged by WFP-MVAC for protracted relief food distribution, gender and protection messaging, feedback and complaints mechanisms handling, complimentary activities and nutrition. We have trained community civil protection committees, village development committees and area development committees. We have built the ability of women living with HIV to demand for quality health related services through community and health facility governance panels

 

Working with the most marginalized and vulnerable communities.

Over the years, FOCCAD programing has focused on building the resilience and voices of the voiceless in society. Women, children, people with disabilities, sex workers, teen mothers and adolescents. Through our governance programing, we have built the capacity of most disadvantaged groups of our society through trainings, engagement meetings and enhancing dialogue and discussions between right holders and duty bearers.

 

 

 

 

Engaging men and boys as change partners and change agents.

In education, we have adequately engaged men and boys as partners against early forced marriages. Through theatre, “one man can” groups, male engagement groups and social club membership of boys. We have been a model in PMTCT male engagement and SRHR in health pro-grams and have hosted other local NGOs in learning as pioneers of working with men. In agriculture, we have successfully integrated and trained women farmers and mixed them properly with men into farmers’ clubs. Women have benefited from the farm produce with young women participating in savings and credit services and facilities. Over 5467 men and boys have tested for HIV because of man to man engagement. Barriers to family planning, SRHR and maternal health caused by men and boys have been challenged by model men trained in all our programs. We have more young women dominating our technical and vocational training programs because of positive attitudes among boys

 

 

Our Impact

Every year:

 We reach over 20000 youth through SRHR, HIV and AIDS information using radio, social media, sports and quiz competitions

 150 young people are trained in vocational and employability skills

 We feed over 1500 children with nutritious meals through ECD and children’s corner

 We pay for education for 160 needy girls in secondary schools

 We provide scholastic materials to 150 girls and boys

 We withdraw and rehabilitate 120 girls from early marriages and send them back to school

 We collaborate with other communities in raising community voice and civic engagement for social change

 We test over 3000 men women and youth for HIV and refer those HIV positive to treatment facilities and services.

 We train 400 young people and link them to livelihoods and climate smart agriculture

 We support 20 community groups with livestock, IGAs and VS&L impacting over 5000 households.

 

CURRENT WORK BEING UNDERTAKEN AND CAPACITY STATEMENT

Project Name Donor                 Focus Area Funding Amount
Pamodzi Consortium project in Salima district. Positive Action for Children Fund Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV and HIV testing, family planning, advocacy for quality SRHR services targeting women and girls in hard to reach communities, community TB prevention activities with PLHIV GBP150,000
Nditha Kuchitapo Kanthu Positive Action for Children Fund Community and facility health system strengthening, capacity building and mentorship to health workers, working with men as partners in PMTCT, TB and HIV and AIDS interventions, GBP120,000
Integrated livelihood project through vocational training Tools for Self Reliance Vocational training to people with disabilities, women, youth, living with HIV, orphans and vulnerable children, SRHR for youth through linkages GBP15000
Enhancing rights of children born to HIV positive mothers Tilitonse Fund Advocacy with health workers on timely testing for children born to HIV positive mothers, health service delivery monitoring, holding duty bearers accountable for quality SRHR services targeting women living with HIV GBP 69,800
Protracted relief program World Food Program Food and nutrition program for PLHIV, pregnant and lactating women, children, referral for health services including, HIV, malnutrition, TB screening. USD613,000
HIV Prevention with PWDs USG-PEPFAR HIV prevention for young people, teen clubs for children living with HIV, HIV testing through door to door, referrals for opportunistic infections including TB USD25,000
In support of her dreams. Amplify change SRHR advocacy, prevention of early forced marriages, HIV prevention with youth, provision of quality SRHR through one youth drop in center, community based access to SRHR services, withdrawal of girls in early marriages, engagement of duty bearers and local leaders for development of bylaws. Training of women living with HIV to demand quality HIV and AIDS treatment, PMTCT retention and TB services. EUR180,000
National Reading program RTI-USAID Community mobilization and advocacy, reading program activities in communities. USD25,000
Tilondole- Building sex workers, women living with HIV and teen mother’s skills to demand quality cervical cancer services. European Union through Tilitonse Foundation Advocacy for good health governance, building responsiveness of health workers to SRHR needs of women living with HIV, teen mothers and sex workers. EUR 65,000
Support to orphans and vulnerable children ELMA Foundation ECD activities, children corner activities, support to CBCC centers, vocational training, feeding programs to children living with HIV, education bursaries to girls. USD0105,000
Transformation for agricultures and economic empowerment. Hope for a Child. Agribusiness skills, training to small holder farmers, linkages and market development, financial management skills, livelihoods support. GBP10,000.