THE HOUSEHOLD GRADUATION MODEL ASSESSMENT: A BEACON OF HOPE

In the heart of Chitipa, Karonga and the scenic places of Rumphi Districts, something truly remarkable is happening. The Lusubilo Community Care and Catholic Relief Services embarked on a journey of hope, compassion and change through the Integrated Support for Orphans, Vulnerable Children and Youth (IOVCY) project. For two incredible weeks they ventured into the lives of participating households, bringing forth a tide of transformation.

The household graduation model is a component of the IOVCY project with a goal of improving the wellbeing and resilience of vulnerable children and youths in the Diocese of Karonga. To achieve this goal, one of the projects’ objectives is to have vulnerable households that are better able to meet the needs of their children. Therefore, the project employed the graduation model that has interventions to help ultra-poor and vulnerable households meet their immediate food and income needs while addressing underlying factors that can help trap them in a multigenerational cycle of poverty. Lusubilo supported the vulnerable households with a consumption support, social safety nets, household level education on social protection, modern agricultural practices and gender, as well as micro-enterprise start up and development.

During the graduation model assessment, tears of joy from some of beneficiaries and gratitude flowed freely. Beneficiaries expressed their heartfelt appreciation saying the project has truly transformed their lives. Their hope for a brighter future burns brighter than ever before.

Below are some of the sample pictures from the assessment exercise:

Food security is one of the key objectives of the graduation program.
Consumption of six food groups which includes vegetables is also emphasized.
Consumption of six food groups which includes vegetables is also emphasized.
Permanent shelter is one component of graduating a household. Here is a household with their initial dwelling house (Before).
Permanent shelter is one component of graduating a household. Here is the same household with their current unfinished dwelling house.
Accumulation of assets is another indicator which the graduation approach assesses before graduating a household. In the picture a participant with his motorbike for transport business.
Accumulation of assets is another indicator which the graduation approach assesses before graduating a household. In the picture a participant with his set of sofas in his house.

Join us in cerebrating the success. Together we can continue to support and empower those in need. Lusubilo Community Care´s journey is a reminder that when communities come together, incredible transformation can take place. Let’s stand hand in hand creating a world where no one is left behind.

By Communication Office

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