Manchester Action for Children (MAC) is a UK registered charity (1131368) and a Company Limited by Guarantee, working in the Copperbelt region of northern Zambia.
Zambia is one of the poorest countries in the world: sixty-four per cent of the population lives on less than one pound per day, some 15 per cent of the adult population is living with AIDS and an estimated 1.1 million children are orphans (source Camfed.org).
In a world of inequality where poverty, disease and homelessness are the norm for so many, MAC aims to help orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) and their communities to create sustainable conditions in which they can flourish and where communities can learn to support themselves. Working with project partners on the ground in Zambia, our activities focus on the areas of water, health, education and microfinance.
Established in Manchester in 2009, MAC is managed entirely by volunteers. This means that all the donations we receive can be channelled directly into supporting the children who need them.
We subscribe to the World Bank’s 12 Principles for Guiding OVC Interventions, endorsed by the UNAIDS Committee in November 2001.
1. Strengthen the protection and care of orphans and other vulnerable children within their extended families and communities;
2. Strengthen the economic coping capacities of families and communities;
3. Enhance the capacity of families and communities to respond to the psychosocial needs of orphans, vulnerable children, and their caregivers;
4. Link HIV/AIDS prevention activities, care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and efforts to support orphans and other vulnerable children;
5. Focus on the most vulnerable children and communities, not only those orphaned by AIDS;
6. Give particular attention to the roles of boys and girls, and men and women, and address gender discrimination;
7. Ensure the full involvement of young people as part of the solution;
8. Strengthen schools and ensure access to education;
9. Reduce stigma and discrimination;
10. Accelerate learning and information exchange;
11. Strengthen patterns and partnerships at all levels and build coalitions among stakeholders;
12. Ensure that external support strengthens and does not undermine community initiative and motivation.
MAC is run on a day-to-day basis by the Development Group who meet regularly to further our objectives, within agreed strategies, guided by our vision for the development of the organisation.
Smaller working groups take responsibility for specific areas of work, such as the Newsletter, Communications, and Fundraising; others for the development of projects with our partners in Zambia.
MAC Trustees are responsible for the sound governance of the organisation: meeting the requirements of our charitable status, Companies House and HMRC.
The Trustees, in consultation with the wider membership, are responsible for the development and implementation of our vision and ongoing development strategies. The performance, standing and financial strength of the organisation are monitored regularly and objectives set for future implementation.
Our Patrons support MAC's Vision and Objectives. They act as ambassadors and in a practical way, help to open doors in a way only they can.
Rev’d Kate Gray is a MAC Trustee who has been involved with MAC from the start. She helped set up the charity when Joyce Chibungo from Zambia visited Wythenshawe and shared the stories and challenges of children’s lives there. Kate is a Church Minister in Wythenshawe and works for HomeStart, for families with under 5s. She is also a Director of Manchester Steiner School. Kate has two children under age 7. She is interested in grassroots community work, education and human rights.
David is an architect and one of the founding members of MAC. He has visited MAC's partners in the Copperbelt on three occasions. David joined the group to help establish its legal and charitable status and is currently the Chair of Trustees, Director of MAC (a Company Limited by Guarantee) and a member of the Development Team. His current focus is on assisting Trust Community School.
Richard Wells has been in the background of Manchester Action for Children since its beginning but overseas work meant he was unable to fully contribute until his return in 2011 when he joined the group and eventually became Chair of the Development Group. Richard has raised thousands of pounds through promoting MAC to charitable events carried out by adventurers all over the world.
Barbara is a relocation consultant. She started working with MAC in January 2010, helping to organise the Launch event; and she’s still organising us today. She is now a member of the Development Team with special responsibility for admin. and HR issues.
Former Zambia representative in the UK at Miss World and Miss Universe, Rosemary was nominated to carry the 2012 Olympic Torch. Professionally Rosemary is a Property Surveyor (Commercial & Residential) and Founder of Swanilenga Group Ltd (her parent company which, mirroring her expertise and interests, has projects in Property, Charity Work, Fashion and Media). As a patron and ambassador for MAC, Rosemary is supporting our work in a promotional and advisory capacity.
Clair is a finance professional and a Mum with two boys, Clair became a Trustee in August 2015. Her area of expertise is accounting and finance.
Mike was born and brought up in Wythenshawe, Manchester. A qualified teacher and seasoned local politician, he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wythenshawe and Sale East in February 2014. At the same time Mike became a patron of MAC, offering tangible support in a range of differing ways. In September 2015 he was appointed Shadow Minister for International Development.