Hitachi Construction Machinery, a worldwide leading manufacturer of construction equipment and DAPP have embarked on starting 3 Child Aid projects to reduce poverty and improve the living conditions of families in Solwezi, Chongwe and Kitwe. A total of 2000 families (12,000 people) are expected to benefit from the project.
The main operation for Hitachi is providing the Zambian mining industry with machinery and the operation areas selected is near the 3 main offices for the company.
The project will organise at least 2000 interested families in Action Groups and mobilise the members to spearhead development in their own families as well as in their communities. Activities in the Action Groups will include prevention of common diseases with focus on hygiene and nutrition through establishment of hand washing facilities, drinking of clean water, improving cooking methods as well as feeding practices of young children, establishment of gardens to mention but a few. The Action Groups will further establish saving clubs, will learn business and farming skill and receive pass on loans in cash and kind to improve their income.
The project will also work directly with children and youth within 15 targeted schools and 15 out of school youth clubs. Activities will include the training of peer educators to train other youth in life skills with focus on reproductive health and entrepreneurship skills.
The project is for 3 years and started in April 2014