The Kick Out COVID-19 movement has already benefited over 5,000 vulnerable children, young people and their families by providing PPE (personal protective equipment) and food parcels.
Dr Clement Chileshe, president and founder of Sport in Action, said, "COVID-19 is a call for us to come together to show love and support for the most vulnerable.
"Most of the young athletes and their families we work with at Sport In Action and Special Olympics Zambia struggle to put the required three meals per day on the table. They struggle for most basic needs, hence they are usually in a cycle of distress.
"Most of the families are headed by narrowly educated women and or men whose source of their hard-earned little income has been cut off by COVID-19 effects. Their vulnerability has therefore been increased leaving them inept to the COVID-19 war. They are not able to afford the basic necessities including handwashing soaps, face masks, food and others.
"We have initiated a unified effort to provide opportunities to make small but hearty contributions to many children who will be highly vulnerable during this challenging period."
Verity Brown, pro-vice chancellor (impact and innovation) at the University of East London, said, "This project is a perfect example of how our research in east London is having an impact globally. In these unprecedented times and in the fight against COVID, it has never been more important to ensure our research has real world impact on the lives of people."
Mayamba Sitali Joseph, lecturer and researcher at Kwame Nkrumah University, said, "The research partnership with the University of East London is an excellent undertaking that has helped Kwame Nkrumah University to move out of its walls and experience the real socio-economic effects of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable groups of the Zambian society, the children living with disabilities and the young people.
"Hundreds of children and young people have been helped through this important project in alleviating the negative impact of COVID-19."