Project length: 2008-2011
Goal: To provide care and support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) and their caregivers. To build the livelihoods of members of their households to improve their quality of life.
EUCORD, in equal partnership with a local partner, Widows Empowerment Organization (WEWE) leads and builds the capacity of a consortium of ten other indigenous service providers (ISPs) to implement the ‘Children of Hope Project’ (CH). CH provides livelihood improvement opportunities to care givers of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). OVC affected by HIV/AIDS in Nigeria are an underserved segment of the population. In addition to being at higher risk for HIV/AIDS, OVC and vulnerable women caregivers are at an increased risk of suffering psychological distress, economic hardship, school drop-out, malnutrition and food insecurity, loss of inheritance, fear, isolation, stigma, abuse, neglect, exploitation and trafficking. There is a critical need to address these issues with appropriate strategies. CH will provide three core services: income generation, food and nutrition, and training. 4,000 of the caregivers will receive livelihood support reaching 12,000 HIV affected or infected OVC. CH will introduce partnerships with private sector companies, public agencies and local governments as its key strategy. Another key strategy is working in partnership with local indigenous service providers.
- Provision of comprehensive and compassionate care for HIV infected and affected OVC;
- Provision of nutritional support;
- Provision of educational and vocational training;
- Provision of psychosocial support;
- Train caregivers to provide comprehensive care and support for OVC;
- Strengthen the capacity of families and communities to respond to and care for orphans and vulnerable children in their communities;
- Promote community engagement/local ownership/stigma reduction /prevention;
- Improve systems, structures at local and national levels for OVC care;
- Provision of referrals and linkages for treatment program for comprehensive care for OVC;
- Prevention of the spread of HIV through targeted and age appropriate behavior change messaging.
Accomplishments during first year:
- Conducted Organizational Capacity Assessment/Technical Organizational Capacity Assessments (OCA/TOCA) and systems strengthening activities for 9 ISPs;
- 251 ISPs staff and volunteers trained on F&N, 228 trained on OVC care and support, 662 care givers trained on IGA, 24 ISPs staff oriented on USAID compliance and 380 ISP staff and Peer educators trained on Peer Education models, 37 ISP staff trained on MPPI/PITT while 15 ISP M&E staff were trained on M&E;
- Provided 4,819 OVC (2,577 Males, 2,242 Females) aged 0-17 with minimum of one care service which is 96.% of FY10 target of 5,000;
- 2,681 (1,169 Males, 1,512 Females) reached with prevention intervention which represents 54% of the FY10 target of 5,000;
- 2,848 OVC (284 Males, 2,564 Females) caregivers enrolled into the program:
- 241 volunteers have been enrolled and active in provision of services to the OVC and their households.
Evaluation: See success stories here (link to the PDF with three success stories).
Total project budget: USD 4,997,770