Projects

Kenya

 
Our orphan children are now housed in the community under the direct care of either grandparents or family guardians.
 
Our work in Kenya is in four separate sites. These are:  Ka'ngombe slums of Nairobi, a site in Mount Kenya villages as well as a separate site in Ahero and  and another in Bondo villages near Kisumu. The community home based care programme in Kenya is completely holistic.  We are grateful to a number of our staff who provide a  total voluntary service. Their commitment to these children is highly commended. On two sites Kangomber slums and Mount Kenya,  working in partnership with 'Stand By Me'.

In Kenya, we work directly with families and community groups. We seek to ensure that children in need are protected, healthy and nourished, educated and live in economically secure households, while helping communities mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS. 

Poor children and caregivers in Kenya have limited access to services that can improve children’s health and nutrition. One child in eight dies before reaching age 5.  Malnutrition is widespread and nearly half of all children under 5 have stunted development. While Kenya is one of only a few African countries on track to reach the reduction in under-5 mortality set out in Millennium Development Goal 4, neonatal, infant and child mortality rates are still unacceptably high. Seven out of 10 child deaths in Kenya are due to preventable causes such as malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia, anemia, malnutrition and neonatal causes. Malaria and pneumonia alone account for nearly half of those deaths.

 Kenya is thought to have nearly 500,000 children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS, and approximately 25,000 new pediatric HIV/AIDS infections are registered every year. Extended family members have been overwhelmed with new demands for support to these orphaned and vulnerable children, both economically and psychosocially.

 

Our Reponse:

 

Our five focus areas are  newborn health, child health and nutrition, early childhood development and primary education. Ensuring food security for vulnerable households and protecting children from abuse will underlie all of these efforts. Shiloh  works in Community-based childcare centers run by volunteer caregivers to provide an ideal entry point for reaching young children. We support the government’s efforts to improve the quality of early childhood development by training caregivers and by strengthening management committees. We also work to help communities recognize and address the psychosocial needs of particularly vulnerable children, especially orphans. 

 

Livelihoods

 

 

 

Completion of durawall around compound in kenya

 

 Zambia

We have been challenged to take care of another 600 orphan children in Chimena Zambia.  We are now working in partnership Standlake Ranch and the village leaders to provide feeding through organic farming, education and healthcare. More news on this project is to follow.

VOAC are being called upon by various African communities who need empowering and directing. However we can only reach one African community at a time due to resources.

Livelihoods: We seek to ensure that households have the incomes to meet the needs of children. Given that nearly 90 percent of the village population is engaged in agriculture, our goal is to improve household income by helping families produce and market more crops. This includes technical assistance, seeds and the establishment of village savings and loan groups.

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