As a result of the high mortality from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nyanza Province where we work, the number of orphans and vulnerable children has risen to an alarming 565,500 which is 31.4% of the total 1. 8 million orphans in Kenya. Nyando district alone has 34,040 orphans while Suba district leads with 51,118 orphans.
The death of one or both parents contributes to; breakdown of the family structure, increased school drop outs, and inevitably poverty especially if the deceased parent was the main breadwinner.
We are committed to helping orphans, vulnerable children and their families especially those that have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Access to health care, education, nutrition and business opportunities often provides a turning point for many OVC's to long-term recovery and a better standard of life.
In the past year with the support of various partners we have been able to support over 500 children to access healthcare, education, nutrition, shelter, psychosocial support and business opportunities. For the older OVC’s we have also provided apprenticeships and training in mechanics and construction skills which they can use to get employed and earn an income.
We pay special attention to child headed households which are on the rise due to increased HIV/AIDS mortality. Last year we supported 2 such families to initiate a horticultural income generating projects planting local vegetables in a revolving scheme that ensures yield all-year round. This not only enhanced their nutrition but also provided much needed income from selling surplus vegetables.
Our target for the next 3 years is to continue providing OVC's with opportunities for a brighter future through a more holistic approach which for instance prioritises extending help to carers of the OVC's and access to justice for OVC's whose rights have been violated.
We want to reach every OVC to give them a better life. You can help us achieve this goal by making a donation or volunteering with your time and skills
Remember the future of an orphan or vulnerable child depends on it!