Strengthening the Capacity of Women Religious in Early Childhood Development (SCORE ECD)
has been running since 2014. The first phase of the project which ended 2017 focused on building knowledge and skills in sisters so that they develop the ability to provide quality ECD services. It also enhanced the networking and advocacy of sisters with other ECD players as well as sustaining ECD services in the congregations and beyond. SCORE ECD phase II, with the continued funding support from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and collaboration between ZAS and CRS, aimed to increase caregiver’s skills and knowledge on how to best care for children in their first 1000 days. This is to ensure they met their developmental milestones.
SCORE ECD Project uses a Care group model for implementation which ensures that information cascades from the institutional level to the household. It also helps in reaching greater numbers of households in the community as the model/structure expands as it goes down.
Currently the project is in its third phase with a focus on Caregivers of Children 0 - 3 years, the project is being implemented in 6 districts of the Eastern, Copperbelt, Central and Luapula Provinces of Zambia. The Congregations currently implementing include the Franciscan Missionaries of Divine Motherhood (FMDM) in Luapula, The Dominican Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Ndola on the Copperbelt and Little Servants of Mary Immaculate (LSMI) in Chibombo. Central Province. The other two Congregations implementing in Eastern Province are the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa (SCO) in Kalichero (Chipangali) and the Good Shepherd Sisters of Chipata who are conducting ECD activities in Chipata district.
The project is not only implemented in Zambia but in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi. The goal of the project is to ensure Children under 3 years (CU2) in these countries thrive in sustainable culture of care and support
The Goal of SCORE III
is to ensure Children 0-3 years old in the target areas live in nurturing environments by 2024.
- Sisters deliver nurturing care and family strengthening services to caregivers of children 0-3 by 2024
- Caregivers of children 0-3 years old are equipped with skills and capacities to provide their children nurturing care by 2024
- NACCS have strengthened organizational capacity by 2024