World Vision has challenged its staff to ensure that they champion child protection issues in various Area Programmes (AP) to ensure that the welfare of children is protected, promoted and taken to great heights.
This comes amid news that the organization in partnership with its local stakeholders and support offices are geared at mainstreaming disability and child protection issues in line with the vision and mission of the organization.
The coincides with the strategic plan where World Vision seeks to reach out to about 5.5 million children (directly or indirectly) by 2020 in sectors of education, health, water and sanitation, among others.
According to Central Zone operations manager Rachel Kathyanga, there is need for collaborative efforts among all stakeholders so that children have a better family, place or world to live in.
Kathyanga said this on Tuesday during a week-long training workshop for zonal members from different departments that took place in Salima, one of the central region lakeshore district.
“The main aims of this training are to promote Citizen Voice and Action (CVA), to enhance Child Protection and Advocacy (CPA), and to encourage Disability Inclusion and Mainstreaming,” said Kathyanga.
She emphasized the need for the staff to learn from each other given the wealth of experience they each bring from their respective APs.
“The urgent need to move CPA from theory to practice in our different Area Programmes cannot be overemphasized,” she said.
“The community should also be empowered through advocacy until they have boldness and courage to approach World Vision with questions on the impact on the ground,” said Kathyanga, adding that this would ensure checks and balances for accountability purposes on both sides.
CVA is a tried and tested tool of ensuring project sustainability at the community level and if sustainability is achieved in all projects, the development organizations World Vision included, would make a lasting impact in the lives Malawians.
In her remarks, Lizzie Lombe, the zonal advocacy and justice for children coordinator urged participants to ensure that they document CVA related matters with timelines so as to bring out tangible, quality and timely results on the ground.
“This is also to enable the citizens hold stakeholders accountable to their commitment as they empower them to influence policy. More often than not, we leave out children in decision making,” said Lombe.
She said that children have a different view of issues that affect them and it’s critical that we incorporate their voice in all community advocacy efforts.
“As development facilitators (DF), coordinators and others, we also need to share notes with different stakeholders on what is expected of the organization and children,” she said.
Lombe emphasized that all CVA activities in the community should be aimed at ensuring maximum delivery of public services to the majority of the Malawi people.