HOPE worldwide Kenya is working to reduce the vulnerability and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) through targeted interventions. The interventions include: Increasing comprehensive and integrated care and support for OVC; strengthening the capacity of families to care for and support OVC; increasing the capacity of key community stakeholders such to identify and support OVC; and strengthening community based organizations to respond to OVC needs.
We have also developed interventions to support households by building the capacity of caregivers to start income generatingactivities (small projects like dress making, production of home based detergents, hairdressing, farming etc.). This enables them to gain income from the sale of their produce/services in order to support the children who mostly come from large and needy families. We encourage them to form groups, where they are trained and enrolled in our mentorship program. This is more sustainable and has positive long term effects.
Moreover, we continue to meet some of the pressing needs amongst them such as provide education support, nutritional, medical and psychosocial training to build their self-esteem and prepare them to face life positively. We also educate the caregivers on basic hygiene especially those from informal settlements as it has an influence on the health of their children.