By Vitumbiko Ngwira
Graduating the ultra poor from their desperate living conditions has been the main goal of Lusubilo Community Care over the past 20 years. Many people have seen their lives improving through the various interventions by the organization.
From humble beginnings of late Sr. Beatrice Chipeta, the organization has matured in development interventions, reaching out to 3 districts, and targeting more than 50,000 vulnerable people annually, especially orphans.
In pursuit for sustainability of its interventions, the organization is in its final stages to commence a pilot project called “The Graduation Model Approach”. The approach presents a transformative model contrary to the conventional safety nets that only provide short term support to the poor.
The model will target 1,000 beneficiaries in 4 impact areas; Livingstonia in Rumphi District, Kakoma in Karonga District, Chisenga and Kameme in Chitipa District. The pilot project will largely lean on 4 main pillars; consumption support, livelihoods promotion, social empowerment and financial inclusion.
With the graduation model, the organization hopes to strengthen family resilience, enable the parent to provide for and protect their children by making sure that they are adequately fed, educated and have a sense of hope and positivity for the future.