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Rising Fountains Development Program

Presence in: Zambia
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Livelihoods, Right to Information, Traditional / Customary Justice

Rising Fountains Development Program (RFDP) is a local non-governmental organization operating in Lundazi, Chama and Chipata Districts, Eastern Province, Zambia and has offices in Chipata and Lundazi districts. The organization was established in 2000 in response to conditions faced by people in the district.

The vision of RFDP is to see Transformed and empowered people living healthy lives in Zambia’ while the mission statement of RFDP is to improve the livelihoods of women and children in rural Zambia through community mobilization, partnerships, capacity building and advocacy’

The strategic objectives of the organisation are:
1.. To strengthen RFDP into an efficient, effective and sustainable organisation in Zambia
2. To influence leadership at various levels to formulate and implement polices to improve the livelihoods of women and children in rural communities in Zambia
3. To build the capacity of women and children in health, sustainable agriculture, education and enterprise development in communities of Zambia
4. To strengthen partnership and networks on women and children livelihoods in rural communities in Zambia

The principal areas of work for RFDP are to contribute to the reduction of the spread of HIV/AIDS, Provision of basic care and support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHAs), Improving access to basic education and reproductive and maternal health services, Contribute to the economic and legal empowerment of women and children in the local communities, Contribute to the provision of safe water and sanitation access, and contribute to the improvement of food security and environmental and forests management and conservation.

RFDP is registered under society act, charity number ORS/102/15/258 and under NGO Act, Charity No RNGO101/0109/13

RFDP has 30 board members, staff and volunteers altogether. RFDP is run by the Board which oversees the organization and provides program focus and direction, formulate organisation policies and sees to it that policies and organisation objectives are implemented accordingly; The board is assisted by the Management which is led by the Executive Director, he is responsible for day to day running of the organization, he is assisted by Coordinator who oversees the field operations. Under the Coordinator are four sectoral heads coordinating sector activities facilitated by project officers who are assited by Outreach workers based in the field. RFDP has three support staff the accountant who is responsible for monetary issues, monitoring and Evaluation officer who is responsible for project monitoring and report writing including data collection and administative assistance who is the front desk manager of the organisation.

People Associated With This Organization

Mathias Zimba

Rising Fountains Development Program
Joined April 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Livelihoods, Right to Information, Traditional / Customary Justice
Mathias Zimba is a self-starter, energetic, dynamic, and results-driven young man and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Development studies, a Diploma intermediate in Development studies, and certificates in Project Planning and Management and in Civic Empowerment and Local governance. He is currently working with Rising Fountains Development program as a Program Director providing guidance and program focus of the organization.

He has 15 years of experience at various levels in NGO sector; working with children, women groups and communities; and managing Conservation and Livelihood improvements programs promoting wildlife conservation and Community engagement and development projects, care and support for children, health related programs, water, sanitation and Hygiene, women’s rights and local governance, Rural Finance Development programs and Micro enterprise development projects

Joining this network is very important for me because of the following reasons:

1. It will provide a forum for me to meet new people working on the same thematic areas of Access to Justice and legal empowerment for women and the marginalised.
2. The network will improve my capabilities as I will be able to learn from others in the same network.
3. The Network will enable me to share lessons learnt, seek for advice on the challenges am encountering in my country and will be assisted to find some possible solutions to the challenges we are facing in Zambia on access to justice and human rights protection
4. By joining the network we will be able to raise our voices and our voices will be heard and I will be helped to raise support and funding for our programs.

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Mathias Zimba is the network champion (main point of contact) for Rising Fountains Development Program.

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