Orphans and Vulnerable Children's Project in Africa

Orphans and Vulnerable Children's Project in Africa is built strongly on a commitment to ensuring the health and social well-being of the orphans and vulnerable children under five years in urban slum communities of Kenya.

Orphans and Vulnerable Children's Project in Africa
Mlolongo Village, Mombasa Road
P. O. Box 59442
Nairobi, Eastern Province 00200
Kenya
(434) 972-2458
http:// www.ovcprojectafrica.org

Director

John H. Bryant, M.D.

Management Team

Racheal Nduku, Betty Muinde

Board of Directors

Nancy Halsted Bryant, Racheal Nduku, Harrahs Malinda, John Harland Bryant, Betty Muinde

Mission

Orphans and Vulnerable Children's Project in Africa is built strongly on a commitment to ensuring the health and social well-being of the orphans and vulnerable children under five years in urban slum communities of Kenya.

Programs

Helping the communities improve the health and well being of children under 5 years is our central task. We reached an agreement on the following primary health care interventions: growth monitoring, immunizations, insecticide-treated bed nets, handwashing with soap, nutritional supplements, caregiver-child interactions and home-based care for People Living With Aids (PLWA). We are gaining substantial improvements in project indicators by virtue of home visiting by Community Health Workers (CHWs) to the 2400 households in the three communities.The project also focuses on making the community aware of the importance of caregiver-child interactions that are nurturing, loving, protective, supportive and stimulating from day one--all essential in developing positive and secure attachments between the child and mother or caregiver. This project promotes these attachments through community workshops and home visits by trained CHWs. In addition to these activties, in 2011 we began a program called Helping Working Moms and Their Babies. This program focuses on the over 60 Baby Care Centers (BCC) in the three communities. A BCC is an ordinary home (a 10x10 room) where children, ages 4 months to 3 years of age, are left as their mothers go to work or look for work. Each center has from 5 to 15 children with only one caregiver. Under the leadership of Project Coordinator, Racheal Nduku, a visit to almost all of the BCC was carried out along with several CHWs. They noted that the challenges faced by the BCC are congestion, food insecurity, lack of play and play materials, poor hygiene, high poverty levels, low caregiver-to-child ratio, and low caregiver skills. The OVC Project staff and CHWs realized that the BCC were in great need of assistance. A plan was developed to try an upgrade the centers by holding workshops for the caregivers and parents that address the challenges for improveing the quality of the BCC, but still have them affordable to the parents. This plan is being implemented gradually, starting with a group of 14 BCC and 7 CHWs as funds become available.

Statistics on Orphans and Vulnerable Children's Project in Africa

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2009: $18,365
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $50,000
  • Other funding sources: NGO ( foundation) Donor (individual/private/org) Corporate Government of Kenya (in kind: bednets, immunizations, ORS,etc.) Religious Income generating projects (academic publication)
  • Religious Affiliation: None