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Kindly find attached the short report and background information for the four kids that received April support from the amount that AOO received through your help. The kids were very grateful and even happier were the single mothers who thanked God for the cooking oil, corn flour, soap, rice and sugar that they received. We trust that God will open up ways so that we can facilitate the schooling of at least one or two of the dire situations like Jerry John.
We also need prayers since most of the regions around are now submerged under the floods due to rainy seasons, the schools are widely used as temporary holding areas for families and food has become scarce and diseases rampant. Continue putting our Homa Bay region in your prayers.
Thanks and God Bless you
Paul Omondi, a 7years old boy is an orphan, he is in class one Homa Bay Primary school. His father died 3years ago. Her mother has no job hence makes life very difficult for that family. Her mother cannot afford even two meals in a day and getting his school fees and basic needs is a problem.
Thanks to those who are touched to donate towards Allied Orphans out today Paul will have a meal on his table. We pray that God may bless you as you continue to support these children.
Agwambo is a little boy five years of age. His parents separated when her mother was six months pregnant with him. His father disappeared when he found out that her mother was HIV positive. her mother being a house wife and jobless she underwent a lot of emotional and financial frustrations. Her mother ‘s delivery was successful by the grace of God and since then until today Agwambo has never known where his father is, he is five years of age.
Because of the poverty and struggles his mother has not been able to take him to school since there is no school fees and enough basic needs to sustain them although he is already of school going age. Allied Orphan Outreach came handy in a small way through Tobbys generous financial support and bought food stuffs that are a basic need to Agwambo. We thank God for you and pray that He will bless you more.
Fidel Castro is four years old and in kindergarten at Sango Primary school. His father died 3years ago when he was only one year old. Her mother has no job and this makes it difficult to make ends meet.
Basic needs and education and shelter is not guaranteed in that family. Their mother mainly depends on odd jobs and handouts to support her family.
Through Allied Orphans outreach Castro is able to benefit from the food program and hence able to get his daily bread.
John Jerry is a boy 10years of age currently in class four at Homa Bay Primary School. His father died 3years ago and left them under their mothers care. The mother Lilian Akinyi is unemployed and mainly depends on well wishers support as well as simple odd jobs like domestic house help. Since John’s father died he has been experiencing huge problem of school fees and most of the time stays home while other children go to school.
Another challenge is the distance from home to school is too far around 2km away hence he requires means of transport. Since his father was the bread winner, they currently cannot afford even two meals in a day consistently. Thank God Micah, a well wisher in Australia through Allied Orphans today John will be able to have a meal on his table and an order for his school uniform has been made. May God bless your generous support.
Please note that many more children still require support so please help them out.
Also, pictures of the mentioned children can be found in the gallery
|Posted by [email protected] on April 18, 2013 at 7:35 AM||comments (0)|
Facts about Homa-Bay
Homa-Bay district is one of the 12 districts that together make the Nyanza province. The District is located close to Lake Victoria, which is the biggest fresh water lakes in Kenya, extending to Uganda and Tanzania.
According to the latest census carried out by the government of Kenya, the district has a population of 958,791 people whereas the average population per district across the country is 821,491 people. The district covers 2,586 square kilometers giving an average density per square kilometer to be 371 people. The poverty rate within the district is pegged at 44.1% against the national average of 47.2%. This is accompanied by a paltry 65.6% attending primary education and an even lower 11.8% attending secondary education of all the children of the primary and secondary ages. This is a trend exacerbated by the high poverty levels mentioned hitherto (USAID/Government of Kenya, 2010).
In line with the data given by Africa Medical research Foundation (AMREF-founded in 1957) of the 650,000 HIV/AIDS orphans in Kenya, 16,000 of them live and are to be found in Homa-Bay (AMREF, 2013), that is how immense the challenge of HIV/AIDS orphans in Homa-Bay.
HIV/AIDS in Homa-Bay district
Within the past 20 years or so the HIV pandemic in our country has been increasing on grand scales. It is estimated that currently 1.6 million people in Kenya live with HIV/AIDS (Avert International, 2013). The positive side of it is that the rates of infections have been going down of late and hence the prevalence. This has been due to the powerful education and sensitization and medication that have been directed to HIV in the recent past and there is still hope of the pandemic lessening in the next few years.
However, there is already a significant AIDS orphans within Homa-Bay district. Research has indicated that in areas where the AIDS orphans issue is not sufficiently handled, there is bound to be a resurgence of the infections with most of the victims being the orphans. Our government has scarce resources and capability to cater for this huge number of orphans, the local government is not any better hence leaving the entire burden to the poverty stricken old age people. This comes in considering the energetic parents passing on due to HIV and leaving the young children to be taken care of by the elderly.
NEED FOR THE PROJECT
Families residing in Homa-Bay, and the rural areas in particular face various challenges among them being poverty, petty crime, unemployment, prostitution for daily upkeep (widely known as sex for fish), as well as low educational attainment as indicated above. The district has one of the highest child poverty exemplified by the low living standards and the lack of financial ability to attend school, despite the subsidized primary education.
Looking at the difference in livelihood of those who had the chance to develop their lives in school and those who never had the chance, it is a clear indication the equipping the children with education will go a long way in reducing the effects of HIV in the region. Once the children get education, they can find sustainable jobs, in effect reducing the chances of engaging in sex for income, particularly among the girls, this will mean a reduction in the spread of HIV within the region.
The region is predominantly semi arid with short rains in April/May and another session f rain in November/December. This allows the residents to only engage in subsistence farming that can only be significantly used for feeding the families with little left to sell and get money for other upkeep. The other activity that used to help in fetching money was controlled fishing which is no longer possible due to the clogging of the lake bay by the impervious water hyacinth. This hyacinth meant more pressure was directed at the soil and more children were now forced to help in tilling the land for food since the fishing income (which only the adults participated in) was cut short with the arrival of the hyacinth.
There are households that live on less than US$ 2 per day hence the thought of school does not arise in their imagination. The situation is made worse by the fact that the extended families are not by law endowed with the duty of taking care of the orphans, hence anything they help the young orphans with is purely voluntary and out of good will. Unfortunately even in the few cases of willing voluntarism, the economic standards hinder significant help.
The rates of unemployment are extremely high particularly in the rural areas where there are no formal jobs. Homa-bay being one of the remote districts in Kenya with a small township has a great employment pressure. The number of jobs the township offers is grossly outnumbered by the demand for the same from the dwellers and those from the rural sections. The project is primarily concerned with the rural regions since this is the area with the highest number of very poor yet not prone to employment group.
Coupled with the high rates of poverty, Homa-Bay town has become a pit stop for prostitution within the region as young girls drop out of school to engage in prostitution for cash or juggle between school and paid sex. This is one of the central compelling reasons for the project.
Juvenile delinquency and substance abuse
The other aspect that is occasioned by the high poverty levels is the resorting to crime by the young children who miss the chance to get education. This is informed by the fact that they have to make a living, hence they are either involved in cheap labor or get into petty crimes like property theft and cattle theft to make ends meet and in some cases to use the money to go to school.
With the increasing desperation, kids get into drug abuse and alcoholism to try and forget they worries and pressures from the poor life. Some resort to drugs after frustrations bearing the family pressure to get involved in fending for the family, yet some get into drug abuse due to the lack of proper parenting due to the upbringing by the grandparents and not the parents who can teach them the right way of life.
OBJECTIVES & VISION OF AOO IN THE PROJECT
The vision of AOO is summarized in the following; “To create a community in which the HIV/AIDS orphans are celebrated as what God created them to be-unique- and valued and supported to achieve the highest potential they can possibly have, just like any other child”
This is a vision that can be achieved through concerted efforts in piloting cost effective and community friendly approaches to the HIV orphan support and care.
The main objectives of AOO in the project are therefore:
• Ensuring that within the first pilot 6 years the HIV orphans who shall have gone through our hands will be able to inspire other orphans to look ahead and be the best they can ever be in life.
• Ensuring that the HIV orphans who shall be beneficiaries of the project are able to be accepted unconditionally by the community and the families, enjoy acceptable standard of living socially, psychologically and in material care within the first one year of the project.
• Within the first one year ensure that educational progress is significantly noticed among the first lot of orphans who shall have been included in the project.
• Within two years, the orphans in the program shall have learnt community based activities which they will be involved in during holidays under the guide of the project personnel.
• Within the first six months, psychological care/counseling shall have taken effect to boost the self esteem of the children most of whom must be suffering HIV/AIDS stigma.
• Ensuring a sustainable project feeding program for the kids during school holidays will be on course within the first six months.
The project will be divided into various steps and stages so that there is a comprehensive approach to the ultimate objective.
1. Infrastructure (finishing and furniture).
2. Identification of the AIDS orphans across the district.
3. Orientation of the children to the project
4. Admission to various schools
5. Holiday program
6. Children focused programs
The project will be divided into three sections in order of appropriate priority as follows;
There is need to carry out the finer finishing of the structure that already exists but lack windows, cemented floor, smoothened and painted walls, electrification, water piping and doors. At this stage there will also be need to have furniture installed in the two rooms which will be used as dormitories for boys and girls, the office will be accommodated in the iron sheet structures as seen in the photos below. This step shall be accomplished within the first two weeks of availability of funds.
There will be need, after the finishing of the basic infrastructure to be used, to identify more HIV orphans across the district in order for the project to have an evenly distributed effect. These will be on top of the already identified 20 HIV orphans already identified and whose needs are urgent and more pressing at the moment (ages between 4 and 15 years old). The identification will concentrate on the age gap of between 4 years olds up to 12 years old. This is the most vulnerable age and the age that is easiest to train and mentor to have an impact later on in the community.
After the identification and liaison with the relevant guardians and the local authority, it will be significant for the children to be linked to this project through their local churches. This will help in them knowing that the spiritual aspect is foremost in the help they are getting. It will help them also have the first step in integration into the society at large and feel valued.
At the moment, the twenty orphans are situated in different rural schools that are ill equipped with grossly underdeveloped classes, all of which have earthen floors that expose the children to jigger infestation, mud walls and a few with iron top roofs. Yet some conduct most of their classes under trees. This causes irregular attendance of school as the predisposition to sickness and poor learning conditions make it hard to be regular in school. The irregular attendance is also occasioned by the children having to go do menial jobs to cater for food for their siblings or ailing parents. There will be need therefore to identify some mid level boarding schools where the children will be enrolled. The preferred mode would be to have the highest number of them in same schools as this will help later on in the modalities of paying the children visits and consistency in budgeting. Once the schools are identified and admission chance secured, the school fee structures and the requirements from the various schools and for the different orphans will be posted so that the individual volunteers and sponsors can identify the particular child they would like to correspond with and support.
The above volunteer identification of orphans they would like to support shall run in tandem with orientation to the program of the children. Once an orphan has been picked by a volunteer, s/he will immediately be contacted and given orientation through the church pastor, guided on the tenets and foundation of the project before being finally sent to school.
Steps 5 & 6
The Kenyan schools basically have 3 academic terms in a year. The first term begins January to early April, the second term begins from early May to late July and the third term begins September to early December. Between the terms children do have three to four weeks to be at home. The project focuses on having kids who will be all rounded and aware of the community activities form where they will be identified. Therefore, once the project has picked, an array of holiday activities will designed to enable the kids get exposed to communal activities like the other children out there.
The project will divide the 4 weeks holiday into two, the first 2weeks after school will be for the kids to spend at home with their extended families. This is a deliberate effort to ensure the kids don’t lose their sense of identity and look like detached from the larger community despite having lost their fathers and mothers. The grandparents from whom they were taken will need to share time with them as well. This is the best way to make the project community based and allow the kids to interact and influence the kids who remained behind. The last two weeks to opening of schools will see the orphans housed in the church dormitories with the sole purpose of mentorship program and self reliant training in the programs that will be initiated within the project. They will have trained counselors from the church, motivation mentors, teachers and spiritual teachers of the word of God who will ensure the orphans are adequately trained for purpose driven life before they are eventually released to their respective schools. There will be a well tabulated daily schedule that will ensure the achievement of the above.
The first communal program considered here is the poultry keeping in which they will be directly involved in, under the guide of a senior member of the project. This is focused on allowing the kids to be self sustaining and have sense of responsibility while within the Homa-bay Baptist church facility for the two weeks and even more farm produce to carry home at the end of the two weeks.
In the long run, there shall be more age-appropriate activities that will be implemented depending on the age of the children who will be in the project once the intake is underway.
Evaluation and monitoring process
The project is children focused hence there will be the need to evaluate the impact it is having on the children. This will require at least two visits per term to the school by the coordinator of the project and the concerned members of the church to ascertain the progress of the child. This progress will be looked at in two perspectives, the social/esteem aspect (behavior) as well as the academic progress. The results will be filed in each child’s file for consistent re-evaluation and help to the child where need be.
The home church and the grand parents or guardians homes will be visited each time the child leaves for school. This will enable the project personnel understand the impact the child is having back home.
The progress of the project and the integrity of the financial management will be ascertained on a quarterly basis by the Homa-Bay Baptist church governing office. The office will submit the list of the objectives for the quarter, the financial records towards the objectives and the achievements for scrutiny. This will help keep the project office accountable and focused on the service to the orphans.
The results from all the above assessment will be sent to the respective volunteers and sponsors immediately the church board is through with their official report. This will be done in this order; if a sponsor say took two orphans to work with, s/he will receive the school report of the two kids, the community/home church report of the two kids as well as the general report from the Homa-Bay Baptist church board.
It is also worth noting that each volunteer or sponsor will be receiving regular communication from the kids independently when need be or upon the request of the sponsor. During school days, arrangements can be made to make this possible and still not interfere with the academics of the kid.
• Allie Orphans Outreach is requesting support from all the friends in Australia, those who have been and seen Homa Bay district and those who have never been to Africa, for the reduction of stigma, alienation and general desperation of the HIV/AIDS orphans within this district.
• This project is specifically aimed at ensuring that every AIDS orphan in this district has the social, psychological and material support required to fulfill his/her potential.
• We are convicted that, by the grace of God, the context in which we will be operating this noble project will make the influence and long term effect imperative. This is a model that will attract replication in several other regions as more help, as God will, will come along.
• The prime focus on the community focused and district based project makes this AOO project sustainable at the community level for the help of more HIV/AIDS orphans.
• We already have the blessing of the Homa-bay Baptist church and the church elders and pastors to provide all the needed the support in terms of training and guidance for the kids if and when project starts.
• We believe that the nobility of the project, whose foundation some of the volunteers from Australia had grounded in form of infrastructure (in the photo below) within the church compound, qualifies the project for the benefit of the work of God and the desolate young orphans. The staff who will be involved are highly dedicated to the work of God and in particular volunteering for others and are trained and mentored under the church to be servants of the community.
• Most significantly, the project will empower the children to achieve their educational goals and be able to sustain their livelihoods and help others within their home families in the future.
The initial/ establishment budget is split into three sections bearing they all have varying lifespan and different approach:
Finishing of the dormitories (pictured below), the interior walls, floor, windows, doors
Item/Activity Particulars Total cost (USD)
Building finishing Floor, interior walls, windows, doors, electricity 7,200
Furnishing Beds and Bedding (20pcs) 1,800
Grand Total 9,000
2. School related costs (costs calculated on average basis)
Item/Activity Particulars Cost per child (USD) Number Cost per year
School fee for primary school
Term 1 240 240
Term 2 120 120
Term 3 120 120
Books 35 35
School uniforms 24 2 pcs 48
School shoe (1pair) 35 35
Sports shoes (1pair) 18 18
Suitcase 60 60
Other items (soap, towel, spoon, plates etc) 42 42
Commuting & Communication Child’s travel to school and back 15 15
School visitation 15 6 (2visits @ term) 90
Home visitation 6 3 (2visits @ term) 18
Grand total 841
*Kindly note; the costs in this section will be for the entire year per child but the fee is payable in bits or one lump as may be appropriate upon arrangement with the school administration.
3. Identification of beneficiaries:
The cost in this section, which will involve travelling to various parts of the district and communication costs, will be borne by the AOO office with the help of donations from the Homa-Bay Baptist church. This will be necessary to inform those already identified and their parents of the need to prepare for relocation, and to bring onboard more of the children.
4. Holiday program
There will be costs incurred here since, after consulting with the church pastor and the board, there was a general agreement to offer guidance and counseling and spiritual nourishment to the kids at no extra cost, but as voluntary service by the church to the project and community.
5. Children focused program (Poultry farming as initial program)
Item Quantity Unit cost in US$ Sub Total
Day old chicks 500 1.2 600
1st Month chick mash 15 bags 38 570
2nd to 4th month growers mash 57 bags 30 1,710
Vaccination/medication 3 per hen 3.6 1,800
Farm implements 240
Grand Totals 4,920
Startup infrastructure and project: USD. 13,920
Annual educational sponsorship per child: USD. 841
Note: The child educational sponsorship is of greater priority for the 20 orphans as the infrastructure shall progress with the pooling of available funds as the children are in school.
We are committed to the service of God for the wellbeing of mankind and we look forward to working with you all in this noble course and calling bestowed upon you all from Africa.
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Project Title: Shelter and Education for Homa-Bay County Orphans
A project to ensure the HIV/AIDS orphans within Homa-Bay peri-urban region are taken care of without institutionalizing the kids or diving families on grounds of their destitute nature.
SUMMARY OF THE PROPOSAL
The Allied Orphans Outreach (AOO) is setting up a new project that is primarily aimed at preparing communities and the church in particular to support AIDS orphans in a home-based and community context without inappropriate segregation. The project will be run within a pilot district of Homa-Bay and based in Homa-Bay Baptist Church with an initial 6 years focus. The project will cover:
• Material support to the orphans with bias to education.
• Engaging the church leaders in giving appropriate support to the orphans.
• Coordination of the orphans focused project activities.
The project is envisioned to reach an initial number of between 20 to 25 AIDS orphans considering the Homa-Bay Baptist Church infrastructure currently available.
The project which is considered a pilot will lay the most emphasis on:
• Enabling the orphaned children to reach their full God given potential by predisposing them to material, social, psychological, spiritual and above all academic support.
• Maintaining the family mesh as intact as possible taking into account the community context.
• Establishing children based projects and smoothly coordinating the relevant structures to ensure the sustainability of the projects.
• Keen and well structured monitoring, recording and evaluation of the project for ease of replication in the coming years.
AOO will therefore be endowed with covering the entire administrative expenses through generous donations from volunteer members and friends of the project. We are therefore requesting support from all the volunteers, donors, sponsors and friends of Homa Bay Baptist church based in Australia.