SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT

In order to achieve holistic community transformation, the Social Empowerment Office uses a family centered approach to empower and strengthen the capacity and capability of vulnerable families. A three pronged approach is used to serve the orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), their family and community. Our program provides a holistic and multi-disciplinarian approach to provide child care and support skills, food security and nutrition, education support, child protection, psychosocial support, health care, shelter and household economic strengthening. Our emphasis is on assisting OVC within the family/community setting allowing the OVC to socialize, learn and address challenges within their own environment. Core services are available to orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs), their families and caregivers through key partnerships with community volunteers who invest their time by making regular visits and providing service as needed.

EDUCATION:

We make sure the OVC is enrolled, retained and progressing through each education/vocational training level. Scholar’s days featuring career talks help to encourage and direct OVC to make informed choices regarding their futures. As a result of receiving appropriate and quality education, the OVC become responsible and contributing members of society. The OVC benefits from school fees payments which is an activity geared towards education service.

FOOD SECURITY & NUTRITION:

Our services seek to ensure that families are food secure with healthy nutrition that is adequate for normal growth and development. The kitchen garden and green house at BOH are just one of the avenues that food security is achieved.

CHILD PROTECTION:

The community child protection teams play a crucial role in providing OVC safe households and community environments that are free from all forms of abuse. Moreover, these children have access and rights to legal protection services when needed.

PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT:

We seek to ensure that OVC are emotionally well-adjusted, relating well with peers and adults. OVC are made aware of support systems and structures availabel to them at household and community levels. Counselling, OVC fun days, health action days and Day of the African Child represent just a few of the events carried out to involve, encourage and celebrate the OVC.

HEALTH:

OVC and their households have reliable access to preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services through links to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

SHELTER & CARE:

Shelter renovation, rent payment plans, bedding, clothing and shoe distribution are services available to ensure that OVC live in safe, clean family environments.

HOUSEHOLD ECONOMIC STRENGTHENING:

The Savings and Internal Lending Community (SILC), provides a platform for the vulnerable population to pool money in a central fund. Members can borrow startup capital with subsidized interest rates. Sustainable income increases as more caregivers initiate economic activities to meet their basic needs and ensure the wellbeing of OVC.

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