Christian Relief and Development Foundation
Christian Relief and Development (CRDF) was officially registered by the Government’s Registrar of Societies on 26th August 2011 as a non-profit, Non Governmental, Christian relief, development and child focused Organisation. CRDF was established in 2007 in response to increasing levels of poverty and deprivation among peri-urban and rural based households in Zambia.
Vision: CDRF envisions an empowered and economically secure Zambian community whose people utilise sustainable means to continuously enhance the quality of their lives.
Mission: To improve the quality of life for disadvantaged rural communities through capacity building in sustainable livelihoods and increased access to social services.
The mission of CRDF is anchored on the following core values;
- Christian Orientation
- Transparency and Accountability
- Equal Opportunity
- A Christian Orientation which emphasises honesty and attaches great importance to human life and dignity,
- Transparency and Accountability to all the target groups/communities, donors and partners in general.
- Sustainability of the means and outcomes of the livelihoods of the target group.
- Partnership as the basis for engaging the target group and fellow stakeholders.
- Equal Opportunity regardless of race, creed, sex, age, HIV status, ethnicity and any other form of discrimination.
CRDF works directly with the grassroots of disadvantaged households and communities and focuses on poverty reduction strategies that embrace sustainability as a key concept in the project cycle. The mode of delivery is through environmental, social and economic sustainability of livelihood systems derived from CRDF’s thematic areas.
Key Thematic Areas:
- Agriculture and Food security-Agriculture - improving production and harvests through trainings in best agricultural practices and revival of traditional organic practices; value-added processing; infrastructure; market access; and support for inputs to farmers. Food security and enriched nutrition intake for children and the most vulnerable community members, including distributions and trainings in health and nutrition.
- Water supply, sanitation and hygiene- (WASH) - establishing more equitable distribution and access to water through structures and community systems, complemented with trainings in hygiene and sanitation.
- Health/ HIV-Aids- addressing overall community health and well-being through awareness-raising, healthy lifestyle practices , HIV prevention and management of Aids, Malaria prevention through distribution of treated mosquito nets and mitigation measures.
- Gender development, Social protection, Youth skills training and child educational support- providing opportunities for children to reach higher education standards and achievements through improved learning environments, teacher training, and extracurricular learning, especially for girls.
- Environment /Wildlife conservation and Disaster management- Engaging communities in wild life conservation, natural resources management and Aforestation projects. Protecting endangered wild life species in partnership with government and other stakeholder by working with communities. Promoting ecotourism for community benefits and alternative sustainable livelihoods.
2013 Mulobezi and Sichili
Implementation of a Community Natural Resource Management Project in partnership with Zambezi Sawmills, Moomba Development Trust and GRZ.This project involve building capacities of communities in various livelihood activities so that they stop illegal cutting down of trees for charcoal production but instead diversify and venture in other alternative sources of income. Communities are being trained in sustainable agriculture, horticulture, bee keeping, fish farming, small livestock production and management and value addition on harvested crops. 2,500 households with a majority being female headed households are benefiting. This project restocks Forests and bare lands with Teak seedlings that are much sought after due to its economic value and wide usage in the construction industry.
2014 to 2016
CRDF was given the role of lead NGO in conservation farming scaling up project with the support from the Ministry of Agriculture. CRDF supervises other NGOs in implementing capacity building activities that empowers communities with skills and knowledge in conservation agriculture.