National Teams

Rabecca Ngulube Chipoya has been working in the field of education and child rights for over two decades. She holds a Masters in Gender studies, Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Diploma in Law. A registered education administrator with the Teaching Council of Zambia, she is also accredited to TEVETA as an Instructor and Examiner in Gender and Communication Skills. She is currently Programme Advisor for Education and Child Safeguarding /Protection in SOS Children’s Villages Zambia. Areas of interest include women and children’s rights, sexual reproductive health rights, education and alternative care for children in need.
Kayimbo Miyombo Katengo is a Zambian based social development expert with over 15 years professional experience in Child and youth rights advocacy. He has been instrumental in advocating for the mainstreaming of psychosocial care, support and protection of children exposed to exploitative activities in Zambia. Kayimbo is passionate about Human Rights protection, youth empowerment and entrepreneurial development as a vehicle for sustainable employment creation.
George Hamusunga is an accomplished human rights advocate with 16 years of credible experience in managing complex policy advocacy country programs from various sectors. With a Master’s Degree in Public Advocacy and Activism, has had advanced practical skills and experience in capacity building, program management and providing leadership in managing successful evidence-based policy advocacy programs. George is also an expert and thought leader in designing and implementing transformational programs in advocacy and social accountability with an impeccable track record in providing capacity development support in public advocacy, social accountability, outcome harvesting, local philanthropy, disability mainstreaming as well as monitoring and evaluation among others.
Bestone Banda is an expert in child safeguarding and development. He is an accomplished communication and networking specialist with B.A in Mass Communication and Developing a Masters in project management. He has been working in the child rights sector for over 17 years. He represents two boards including the Salvation Army Chikankata Mission hospital OVC board. Mr. Banda is also professional Gospel artist. He is currently the Executive Director for Children In Need Network (CHIN) in Zambia.
Theresa K. Kabeka is a Child Protection expert with vast experience in the child sector in Zambia. She served as director for the Children in Need Network for five years and previously worked as Research and Advocacy officer and later Capacity Building officer for the same organisation. Theresa is a seasoned national child protection trainer that has trained staff from more than 50 organisations to strengthen child protection systems within their organisations. She has also previously been involved in development of national documents including policy affecting children. She hold a Degree in development Studies and Master of Science Degree in Project Management.
Lifuna Simushi is a Child Rights Advocate. He has over 10 years experience in the child rights advocacy arena, and has engaged in advocacy initiatives geared towards influencing both policy review and improved policy implementation to enhance the quality of service provision for children. Furthermore, he has been instrumental in providing leadership over the implementation of child protection-related initiatives aimed at contributing to the protection of children from all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation in over 30 districts across Zambia. Lifuna is currently pursuing a PhD in Governance and Leadership.
Mundia M. Hangubo is a Development Expert by profession. He holds a B.A in Development Studies & Public Administration from the University of Zambia and a Diploma in Social work from the same institution. In addition, he holds Certificates in Monitoring & Evaluation, Child Psychology, and HIV & AIDS Science among others. His area of exposure includes child protection, HIV-AIDS and health, education and development, community development and social Welfare, child’s rights governance, sponsorships, referral systems and rehabilitation, life skills and entrepreneurship, adoption and alternative care, research and development, and child separation. He also has working experience and basic knowledge on governance and legal policy indicators and juvenile justice.
Chikontwe Mulenga is a seasoned Development Practitioner with more than 10 years work experience in development and humanitarian work. He is a child rights activist and has managed implementation and evaluation of projects and programs ranging from child protection, advocacy, health and HIV&AIDS. He is one of the authors of the journal “Turning Rapid Growth into Meaningful Growth: Sustaining the Commitment to Nutrition in Zambia”.
Kelly Kapianga is a lawyer with an LLB degree from the University of Zambia and a master’s degree in criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford. He is currently reading for an LLM degree at Harvard University. He has over 5 years’ experience in child justice with a special focus on criminal defence. Kelly was a director in charge of legal interventions in Undikumbukire Project Zambia, a non-profit in Zambia which provides legal support to children in conflict with the law and child migrants until April 2019.
Madrine Chiku is an accomplished Advocacy, Gender and Child Protection Specialist with vast humanitarian and development, policy analysis/formulation and implementation experience. A researcher on gender and child protection which have provided her with a solid understanding of international, regional and national policies relating to children and children’s rights. An expert in campaign and communication skills with the ability to train and engage difference stakeholders on issues relating to advocacy, gender and child protection in an effort to influence positive policy change. A board member with the Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare.
Byron Zamasiya is a Socioeconomist and PhD Student at the Centre for Applied Social Sciences, University of Zimbabwe. His interests are in operational researches, Monitoring and Evaluation of programs and projects on Child Protection, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender and Economic Empowerment of youths and women.
Sithembile Nyoni Mpofu Child Rights Consultant has competence in implementation of children focused programmes through the rollout of National Action Plan I for OVCs (pyscho-social support, education, creative arts, basic needs and multi-stakeholder capacity building on mainstreaming matters) and managing of Faith-based Alternative Care Facilities. She has consulted in child focused programmes supported by SIDA, USAID, Family Impact and Consortium of Child Advocacy Organisations. She has authored two publications, namely “Mainstreaming Matters, Matter in the Response to Children’s Vulnerability”, and “Toolkit on “Mainstreaming Gender, Children’s Rights, HIV/AIDS and Disability to the Response to Children’s Vulnerability”.
Cleopatra Nyaku is a lawyer with an LLM (Masters of laws in Constitutional and Human rights Law) and has over 8 years working experience in the civic society focusing on human rights and with particular reference to children's rights. She has extensive experience in coordination, advocacy, lobbying for children and women’s rights, conducting training on gender based violence, child and protection, detention monitoring the constitution and its compliance with legislative policies and facilitation. She also has experience in policy analysis and has done consultancy work on analysis of the link between business and human rights and drafting training manuals on the gender equality and the constitution of Zimbabwe.
Blessing Mushohwe is a human and child rights professional with a legal background. He has work experience in programming around human rights, child rights, policy and development in and outside Zimbabwe. He has conducted a number of rights related consultancies as well as published on child rights related issues, among them on diversion of children in conflict with the law; child marriages; corporal punishment; and child prostitution among others. He also writes Opinion Pieces on various children’s issues which are published in local newspapers. He holds a blend of qualifications in law, human and child rights, programme management and research methods among others.
Kellivn Nyamudeza has been working in the field of Child Rights for the past 10 years. He holds a BSc (hons) Sociology, MSc Sociology and Social Anthropology and a Post. Graduate Diploma in Child Sensitive Social Policies. His areas of interest are Alternative Care, Gender and Advocacy. He is currently working at SOS Children’s Villages Zimbabwe.
Nicea Gumbo is a registered legal Practitioner in Zimbabwe. She has more than 15 years of practical experience in programming on human rights, child rights, child protection, governance and national, regional and international laws governing child rights. She is a Child and Women's rights Advocate, a researcher and expert in provision of legal services to clients and legal drafting. She is a renowned, Consultant in access to justice, human rights, child rights governance, child protection and gender.
Trudy Nyakambangwe a holder of B.A General (UZ),Grad CE (UZ),MS Child and Family Studies(AU) and currently doing PHD in child sensitive research and policy. A child Specialist with experience in providing high quality care to children and families who are socially excluded or experiencing problems in their lives. She has a successful record of working successfully with individual families or groups in a variety of settings. She has an in-depth understanding of legislation and techniques and tools that can be used to provide preventative intervention methods and their application to a variety of cases. Currently a Board Member for Women and Land in Zimbabwe. She also sits on the Advisory board for Zimbabwe Seventh Day Adventist Church representing children.
Liven Mutokosi An administrator and governance specialist by training with professional expertise in the corporate world of public policy and administration; with strong interest in advocacy and child protection, juvenile justice and administration, gender and development studies, research and development. Former member of World Vision Zimbabwe and a co-founder of the Space International.
Pascal Masocha National Coordinator-Coalition against child labor in Zimbabwe, based in Harare. Educational qualifications (Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and International Politics, Master of science degree in Development studies, Diploma in Education, Certificate in HIV & AIDS: Care & Counselling, Certificate in systemic family counselling, Certificate in Civil society and the state in Africa, and enrolled for PhD studies in Peace, Leadership and Governance, Africa University. Expert in child labor and human trafficking issues. Consultant in Advocacy, monitoring and evaluation and child participation issues.
Kudzayi Khosa is an experienced child protection expert with 8 years’ experience in development work. She holds a Master of Social Sciences Degree in Development Studies, with a post graduate qualification in monitoring and evaluation. She has been engaged in policy advocacy with regards children’s rights. Kudzayi has developed and implemented monitoring systems for various child protection programmes as well as carrying out research studies and evaluations.
Weston Chidyausiku is researcher and an academic. He is a Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, Department of Social Work. Weston holds Msc Social Work and Bsc Social Work from the University of Zimbabwe. He is a registered Social Worker with Council of Social Workers – Zimbabwe and a member of the Child Rights Coalition in Zimbabwe. Weston has researched and published articles on corporate social responsibility in Zimbabwe. He has research interests in the following areas; Social policy analysis, child rights, youth participation and empowerment, social work regulation and community work.

The Eswatini Child’s Rights Barometer was compiled with the leadership of The Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) which was established in 1983 originally as a network of Primary Health Care for NGOs. CANGO’s long term Vision is “Improved Quality of life for the Swati Population” and CANGO Mission is to “Coordinate, advocates, strengthen the capacity and empower NGOs to effectively deliver on their mandates”. In line with the child’s rights theme of the Barometer, the Assembly worked through the Children’s Consortium which was established in 2008, with an aim to create a forum through which child-focused organisations in Eswatini can jointly advocate for the realisation of children’s rights enshrined in the country’s Constitution and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The Consortium is led by an elected Chair (currently World Vision Eswatini) and Vice Chairperson (SOS Eswatini) and coordinated by and based in CANGO, which acts as Consortium’s Secretariat. Currently, it is composed of 29 NGOs which includes Save the Children, Bantwana Initiatives, Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA), Young Heroes, SACRO, NATIC, Acts of Faith and others.

CANGO wishes to recognise the contribution of the following individuals who provided information on key themes and supporting in editing of the document. These are: Miss. Lungile Mnisi, Miss. Sibonelo Mdluli, Mr. Clement Dlamini, Mr. Melusi Matsenjwa, Mr. Mphile Sihlongonyane Miss. Setsabile Shiba, Miss. Slindelo Nkosi, Miss. Tenele Mkhabela, Miss. Setsabile Sibisi Miss. Sharon Samuel, Mr. Bhekithemba Mavuso, Mr. Colani Nhleko, Miss. Zanele Thabede Miss. Victoria Rocks, Miss. Annet Birungi, Mr. Mzwandile Masuku and Mr. Khetho Dlamini.

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