What We Do
Alliance for Children Everywhere has been serving vulnerable children for more than 45 years. Below are the areas we are currently working in to make a difference in the lives of families and children in Zambia.
The overarching approach of programming is to empower Zambian professionals, families, churches and communities to care for and support themselves and their children.
The programs include two crisis nurseries, House of Moses for premature and high risk infants and the Bill and Bette Bryant Crisis Nursery for toddlers. The homes are temporary shelters that provide immediate and urgent care and nurturing to children until it is possible to safely reintegrate them with extended family or place them into foster or adoptive homes. The two rescue homes combined have a total capacity of 60 children.
The homes link closely with the Milk and Medicine Program which supports families as they receive the children discharged from the rescue homes and provides home-based supplemental feeding, including Little Bits, a micro-nutrient provided by Amway Global Corporate Citizenship for orphaned and vulnerable children and their families. The program prevents abandonment through the provision of infant formula and prescription medication along with social work services to households in severe poverty and HIV affected families who would otherwise be at risk of abandoning or institutionalizing their children. M&M currently serves 200 children.
Family Based Foster care works with local churches to recruit, train and supervise families who can welcome a child into their home either for a temporary period, or moving into a permanent adoption. Foster care gives an alternative to institutional care and provides children with the thing they need most throughout their childhood – a family.
Faith Works Community Schools are church-based primary schools for children who would likely not otherwise be in school. Over the years, ACE has partnered with 14 local congregations to open classrooms in their churches. The goal for this outreach is to empower the local congregations until the school can be totally operated and supported by the community and their own fundraising support. Six of the original churches continue to operate, improve and expand their schools, now independent of ACE. Seven churches continue with the support of ACE and CACZ. The organization provides school supplies, teacher training and support, stipends for teachers, programming, books and training in financial management and obtaining small community grants.
High School Education
The Helen DeVos Christian School, built and operated with generous support from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, is a quality education program that began in 2007 in one of the largest slums of Lusaka. In January, 2011, the school added the 12th grade, bringing it to operation as a full high school offering grades 7 – 12 with a capacity of 370 boys and girls. The organization gives priority in enrollment to orphans and the poorest children and is committed to serving at least 50% girls. In addition to high quality education, the Helen DeVos Christian School provides a nutritious meal each school day.