Inuka Community-Based Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project

U.S. Presidential Initiative:

  • Global Health Initiative
  • President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

Funding Level:
$2.1 Million

Duration:
June 2013 – June 2018

Activity Goals:

  • Provide comprehensive support to 11,000 orphans and vulnerable children
  • Build capacity of 3,000 orphans and vulnerable children caregivers through direct, home-based and effective referral services
  • Enhance the capacity of local communities to deliver sustainable, quality, high-impact services to orphans and vulnerable children

Activity Accomplishments:

  • 365 orphans and vulnerable children supported with shelter renovation
  • Held orphan and vulnerable children “fun days” in Bondo and Rarieda that reached 5,195 orphans and vulnerable children beneficiaries and 1,995 caregivers
  • Established 700 kitchen gardens in six locations
  • Supported 100 older orphans and vulnerable children to enter vocational training

Implementing Partner:
Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team, local organizations, community members and businesses

Key Partners:
Government of Kenya Ministries, including the Ministries of Labor, Social Security and Services, Health, Education, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries

Activity Locations:
Siaya County, Bondo and Rarieda Districts
 


ACTIVITY OVERVIEW

The USAID Inuka Community-Based Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project works to improve the overall wellbeing of orphans and vulnerable children, and their households. The project partners with non-governmental, faith and community-based organizations and relevant Government of Kenya Ministries, including the Ministries of Labor, Social Security and Services, Health, Education, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.

ACTIVITY AREAS

The project conducts household visits, home-based care and household economic strengthening to support orphans and vulnerable children and the families with whom they live.

The project also strengthens local community-based organizations so that they are better able to conduct needs assessments, make referrals and provide direct services for orphans and vulnerable children in their community.

ACTIVITY IMPACT

Inuka partners with communities to identify vulnerable families with the goal of providing care and support for 11,000 orphans and vulnerable children infected with or affected by HIV in Siaya County. In East Uyoma (Siaya County), the community chief identified Alice Awino Omingo and her family of four children as vulnerable. 

Alice, a widow, and her 15-year-old son, Victor, are both HIV positive.  Inuka community volunteers conducted a needs assessment and found that Alice and her family needed better housing. The community built the structure and Inuka provided a metal roof.
 


USAID Contact:
Jeniffer Wasianga, Activity Manager
USAID/Kenya
Office of Population and Health
Tel:  +254 20 862 2000
Email:  jwasianga@usaid.gov

Inuka Community Based Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project Contact:
Dr. Jitendra Kumar, Chief of Party
Tel: +254 722 701 578
Email: jkumar@amurtafrica.org

Website: 
http://www.amurtafrica.org/

Updated August 2014

Last updated: November 13, 2014

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