USAID Supports Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Siaya County

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Robin Johnson, USAID Communications Specialist
Phone: +254 0719 112 135 Email: robinjohnson@usaid.gov

Siaya, April 8, 2014  – The United States has partnered with the Government of Kenya for 50 years to improve the lives of Kenya’s children. Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) continued that support by launching the Inuka Community-Based Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project.  The Inuka Project is a USAID and Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team partnership to provide for the care and support of 11,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Siaya County.

Inuka will foster sustainable systems that help local communities meet the needs of their orphans and vulnerable children.  The project strengthens local organizations so that they are better able to conduct needs assessments, make referrals and provide direct services for orphans and vulnerable children, and the families with whom they live.

“USAID supports Kenyan-led programs to further local capacity development, commitment, and sustainability.  To accomplish this, USAID builds partnerships with local organizations.  This project marks the first time that USAID/Kenya is directly partnering with local Kenyan organizations to implement an activity to support orphans and vulnerable children,” said Tara Simpson, Deputy Team Leader for HIV in USAID Kenya’s Office of Population and Health.

The Inuka Project is funded through the U.S. Government’s Presidents’ Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  USAID is the U.S. Government agency responsible for administering civilian foreign assistance.

Last updated: September 30, 2014

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