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It takes a village to raise a child embracing care of ovc through enhanced community involvement hope worldwide kenya

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It takes a village to raise a child embracing care of ovc through enhanced community involvement hope worldwide kenya

  1. 1. bIt take s a Villag e to raise aIt take s a Villag e to raise a Child.Child. Embracing community care of Orphans andEmbracing community care of Orphans and Vulnerable Children through enhancedVulnerable Children through enhanced community involvementcommunity involvement Caleb OdhiambO OVC-SerViCe deliVery FaCilitatOr hOPe wOrldwide Kenya
  2. 2. Millions 1980 1983 1986 1989 1992 1995 1998 2002 2005 2007 2010 25 million orphans due to AIDS Epidemic Curves, HIV/AIDS &Epidemic Curves, HIV/AIDS & OrphansOrphans HIV Prevalence Cum ulative AIDS Orphans (under 18)
  3. 3. The Impact to the child Child Family Help!! CommunityCommunity
  4. 4. The challenge • 10 years down the line since most HIV/AIDS interventions started, the number of OVC's continue to escalate. • There is need to optimize the efficiency or effectiveness of the interventions on the ground-current approaches needs to be looked at and new trends developed. • The number of interventions cannot match the needs on the ground. • The death of the communal structures that used to cushion children. • OVC’s earmarked for service delivery are not being reached effectively due to the approaches in place. • There need for an urgent and scaled-up response to mitigate the devastating effects of HIV on children
  5. 5. Community support…. The way to go. • Community involvement is key to enahanced sustainabilty. • The needs of children cannot be met in the absence of proper community and family support. • To complete the cycle of care, interventions targeting the orphans and vulnerable children need to respond to all of these needs, both physical and emotional. • Deliberate efforts need to put in place to enhance synergy of efforts.
  6. 6. Spiritual Freedom to believe, hope, etc Mental Formal and informal education, life skills, general knowledge, etc Social Acceptance, belonging, identity, culture, etc Physical Food, Shelter, Clothes, Healthcare etc Emotional Parental love, security, belonging, friendships, etc Child  How we conceive Community Approach Religiousleaders Corporate NGOs/CBOs Family Government Teachers Peers
  7. 7. New Thinking: Supporting OVC through the community and the families. Communities Families •Mobilize Resources from the corporate World. •Enhance our Knowledge, challenge our thinking. •Build partnership, You cannot Go it alone •Think outside the box •Use history to develop learning and not to stagnate
  8. 8. The strength of the model • The best interests of the child are paramount in this model. • All the necessary basic needs of children are given due attention. • All stakeholders who affect the life of the child are involved. • With the high number of children in need the emotional well being of the caregiver is protected.
  9. 9. Entry points: Kids clubs and Community Child care Forums. • Kids Clubs:These are weekend clubs in the community and weekday clubs in schools in which youth and children take up leadership roles in the provision of community based psychosocial support to children in community. • Main focus of clubs is to meet the PSS needs-physical, social, emotional and mental-though other needs are also met indirectly.
  10. 10. CCF’s Link with the Kids Clubs • To facilitate the provision of community based psychosocial support. • To provide a platform to support children in their community and link them to other services. • To mobilize community members to understand and assist in mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS on children.
  11. 11. How kids clubs and Community Child Care Forums are established Community Entry Establish Community Childcare Forums- which provides linkages with AAC, local admin- Chief, MOH, DEO,and other service providers Identify OVC entry points- schools, churches Train caregivers to form Kids clubs.
  12. 12. Benefits to the children and community. • Allow children the opportunity to explore the world around them, build self-knowledge, esteem and confidence. • Acceptance within the community (social integration and sense of belonging) • Mechanism to ‘check’ on children, register needs and access additional resources for them • Cultivating a culture of care (amongst children and families, in your community)-children support groups
  13. 13. Challenges experienced • Involvement of men especially to support the women in child care. • Need to develop new strategies to support caregivers-IGA, vocational training. • Child protection issues-individuals taking advantage of the children’s vulnerability. • Linking to schools to the corporate bodies, and involving teachers more.
  14. 14. • Community “Ownership,” of a problem is key to sustained action. • External mobilizers using participatory methods can play a catalytic role in enabling a community to determine its own priorities. • Providing external resources prematurely subverts ownership. • Communities are resilient and provided the right condition can easily map their future. Lessons Learned from Community mobilization, care and support for OVC
  15. 15. Synergy of efforts holds the key to Restoring Hope and Stability to the lives of millions of African Children and communities affected by HIV/AIDS.
  16. 16. Lets learn to see children for who they are meant to be………not who they are right now. Thank You.
  17. 17. THANK YOU

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