In 2012, the Government of Kenya released the minimum service standards for quality improvement of orphans and vulnerable children programs in Kenya. Caregivers in the Hope worldwide Kenya (HWWK) Nilinde program formed a Quality Improvement (QI) team to oversee and ensure the services offered to OVCs in their areas adhere to these minimum standards. The team is comprised of 15 members including representatives from the ministry of
agriculture, village elders, chief’s office, health sector, Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) and OVC representatives.
This year, the Ruai QI team focused on improving caregivers’ access to quality education services. To achieve this, CHVs began by sensitizing caregivers to take primary responsibility in improving their children’s quality of life.
“We are raising awareness among caregivers that caring for our children is our responsibility as caregivers. We have to rise up to an empowered position as opposed to being fully reliant on NGO support,” said Peter Kamau Njoroge, Ruai lead CHV, during a training hosted at the Komarock HWWK Nilinde Office.