The Problem

Over 70% of the children have lost at least one parent, most to HIV/AIDS.

The prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in Western Kenya is three times the national average. The disease has decimated communities and left thousands of children vulnerable; without guardians many children struggle with access to food, school and support. Many children live in child-headed households, being supported by siblings who have to spend the day looking for food to support the family rather than furthering their education. Many girls in this situation are subject to early marriage.

In such communities, we create safe centres for the most vulnerable children, providing food, psycho-social support and access to healthcare. These centres enable over 250 children to go to school, improving their opportunity to thrive.

Goals

To provide the most vulnerable children with what they need to get an education. To enable the wider community to share responsibility and support children in whatever way they can.


Every year
over 100,000
meals provided

The Latest

Evidence

 

Children facing the biggest obstacles

Our partners at both Rural Children’s Centres have worked within these communities for a long time and regularly gather information through home visit assessments to determine which children need the most support. We learn a lot of about children in the communities, including the difficulties they and their families face, usually relating to economic, social and health-related concerns.

Evidence based on:

Save The Children - Social Protection and Child Malnutrition Read article
WHO, UNESCO, UNICEF and World Bank FRESH framework Read article

Where we work

Currently Child.org has Rural Children’s Centres at Kochogo and Omen on the outskirts of Kisumu in Kenya.

Methodology

We work really closely with our partners in Kenya. Omega Foundation coordinate the Kochogo Integrated Children Development Centre and Ogra Foundation work with the Omen Feeding Centre. Together, we have set up community and caregiver groups at each site; provide the facilities for shelter, clean water and cooking; and built links with local schools and medical facilities. Our partners regularly conduct home visits to identify the families that need the greatest support.

Each child gets at least one daily meal, pyscho-social support, clean water and health education from the centre. This allows them to attend school, which wouldn’t be possible otherwise. The centres have social workers, cooks, security guards and gardeners/caretakers at each site.

It costs around £130 per year to support a child at a centre.  This includes food, water, access to healthcare, home visits and staff support (who provide direct care, programme delivery and run economic empowerment groups with caregivers, whilst providing a safety net for all of the children) plus various additional items.

Each year we assess the progress and look to continue to add services through the centre, in order to achieve a goal of a comprehensive FRESH approach in a rural setting within three years.

 

How you can help

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