CHIN-ECPAT Zambia was founded in 1993 as CHIN (Children In Need Network) by 12 organisations that were working with UNICEF and government, who at that time felt a need for organisations to share best practice and learn from one another.
This informal network started with regular meetings being held with support from UNICEF and a newsletter being produced for the organisations that were part of this informal network. In 1996, it was decided that the network be formalised, and an independent structure and secretariat were established. The network has steadily grown over the years and has broadened its scope
CHIN-ECPAT Zambia envisions a society where all children's rights are upheld and where children are free to realise their dreams and aspirations.
Our rights based appoach is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and embraces and builds upon articles centred on non-discrimination, best instrests of the minors, the right to survival and development and the views of the child.
Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Right of the Child affirms that children are full-fledged persons who have the right to express their views in all matters affecting them and requires that those views be heard and given due weight in accordance with the child's age and maturity. It recognizes the potential of children to enrich decision-making processes, as actors of change.
We value the inclusion and participation our members to reach our shared objectives as we broaden our goals. CHIN operates within it's belief in shared best practices between non-profits, government, donors, well wishers the professionals and the community at large to bring inprove the welfare and standing of children. While efforts may not be visible they bring about greater community and/or political support and engagement.
We recognizes the inherent dignity and the equal rights of all human beings, as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The Network is committed to ensuring that all individuals who apply to, work with or otherwise interact with the Council are treated with fairness and respect and accorded equal opportunity. In accordance with the UNCRC, CHIN-ECPAT Zambia extends these benefits to children.
At CHIN-ECPAT Zambia, we are committed to advancing the cause of child issues in a cross cultual environment. We believe that children speak a universal language and mature to be meaningful and active participants in a diversified global enviromnent. Our programs take into consideraton the need to have children exposed to a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society where the rights of the individual are not affected by culture, ethnicity or gender.
Our Guiding Principles on Inclusions are used to implement actions, activities, policies and planning to ensure all member organisations are represented in achieving their unique and shared goals and objectives. We create a welcoming open door policy that nutures an inclusive enviromnment that promotes interaction among all members, promotes practives that create appreciation, awareness, appreciation and celebrates the different ideas as aspirations of members.
CHIN-ECPAT Zambia works through four core programmes to guide collaborative partnership efforts towards the achievement of improved child outcomes for children in Zambia.
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CHIN-ECPAT Zambia Secretariat is a multi-disciplinary team, which is based in Lusaka, Zambia. It carries out the network's day-to-day activities, providing a solid and expert base for everything that the network undertakes.