Programmes

ORPHANS, VULNERABLE CHILDREN (OVC) CARE & SUPPORT PROGRAMME
- MERU

The project was implemented by Meru Branch in Tharaka Nithi County, Maara and Imenti south Districts, Muthambi and Igoji Divisions.

Project Objectives

  • To provide nutritional support for 3500 OVC to enhance nutritional support status. 
  • To provide health care to 3500 OVC.
  • To promote psychosocial support to 3500 OVC.
  • To provide legal protection to 3500 OVC
  • To provide education support to 3500 OVC.
  • To provide 800 girls with sanitary towels

Core Services Provided by the Project

1. Psychosocial Support

Parenting Skills

The program continuously emphasized on the need to build good communication relationships within households through sensitization between the OVC and their caregivers who are in forming stage. This concept helped to build knowledge and skills that assists the caregivers to be empowered with parenting information which is appropriately translated to the children in order to have informal interaction with parents.  The program team conducted 323 home visits to the targeted households.

Mentorship

Mentorship support; provided advice, friendship, reinforcement and constructive role-modelling over time. The process created a platform for relationship building between the mentor and mentee.

The following are the benefits the OVC have experienced from this mentorship process;

  • Reduced school dropout rates due to continuous follow-up by their mentors.
  • Better attitude about school as result of setting their career and life goals.
  • Enhanced their self-esteem of OVC and self-confidence by having loving/committed mentors.
  • Continuous counselling/psychosocial support of OVC leading to improved behavior, both at home and school.
  • Stronger relationships with parents, mentors, teachers, and peers.
  • Improved interpersonal skills.
  • Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use.
  • Improved resilience.
  • Post-secondary education and career planning information and resources.

Education

The aim of the program was to develop a more systematic approach to ensure access by all the OVC in the targeted communities to basic education and their retention in school .Being orphaned or made vulnerable due to the death or acute illness of one or both parents plays a role in whether a child goes to school.

Distribution of Items

Item distributed

No of OVC  reached

Bags

80

Solar lamps

150

Sanitary towels

960 girls

Food and Nutrition

Food and nutritional support improve the nutritional status of children and their families and address community food security. Food support may be through direct food supplements or community/school feeding programs. While food and nutritional support is often offered as a time-limited strategy to address food insecurity or malnourishment, combining direct food supplements with household economic strengthening helps to improve nutritional status for longer periods. The program helped to improve children’s and household access to nutritional support. The result was as follows;

  • Increased community awareness and capacity to address issues of nutrition (malnutrition).
  • Utilization of available space and locally available food resources to grow food.
  • Bumper harvest as result of continuous training by the agricultural extension officer on modern farming methods.
  • Knowledge on children growth monitoring and promotion.
  • Extensive knowledge on balance diet

Legal Protection

Children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS are frequently exposed to abuse; exploitation; violence (including gender-based violence (GBV); and family separation as a result of the epidemic’s effects. These exposures can further increase risks through adult life. OVC registered with the program have been given access to legal services where necessary to help them obtain birth, death certificates and other documentation which is necessary for them to access a number of social services. OVC were linked and referred to the registrar of persons to process birth certificates for 16 OVC (female 10, male 6)

Economic Strengthening

Poverty often prevents potential caregivers from being able to take care of children in need.  The program supported 9 households with cereals as part of the house hold economic strengthening initiatives.

The wellbeing of OVC depends a lot on the capacity of the family to cope economically.

Shelter and Care

Most vulnerable children in the program live with their families within the targeted communities. This overload caused by household vulnerability leaves many children without suitable shelter or care. Those children who find themselves without a caregiver become highly vulnerable to abuse and stunted development. The program with the help of Aphia Plus Kamili carried out assessment of houses to be prioritized for renovation and also gave out 45 blankets to households.

 KEY RESULTS / ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Core Services

Achievements

M

F

Total

1

Health Care, Education

109

121

230

2

Education & Vocational Training

1226

1850

3076

3

Food & Nutrition

126

131

257

4

Shelter & Care

16

29

45

5

Protection & Legal Services

17

9

26

6

Psychosocial Support

1459

2041

3500

7

Household Economic Strengthening

23

48

71

8

Number of OVC Served by Primary Direct Support

(3 or more Services)

1211

1704

2915

9

Number of OVC Served by Supplementary Direct Support

(1 or 2 Services)

248

337

585

 

Total Number of OVC Served by the LIP

1459

2041

3500

 

Quality Improvement Indicators

M

F

Total

11

Number Orientated on QI

 

 

6

12

Number of OVC Assessed using CSI Tool (Initial)

 

 

360

13

Number of OVC Assessed using CSI Tool (Subsequent)

-

-

240