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:

  • Conducted a baseline survey to prioritize the needs of orphans and vulnerable children
  • Conducted community sensitization meetings in all activity locations. Meetings were attended by 1200 community members, including chiefs, assistant chiefs, clan elders, health practitioners, agricultural extension workers and other opinion leaders.
  • Started a stakeholder directory of organizations who work with orphans and vulnerable children in Bondo and Rarieda District, allowing for greater coordination and collaboration

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

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

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

The Inuka project works closely with the community to find caring and committed volunteers. It then helps those volunteers fulfill their missions. The project provides a bicycle to help community volunteers reach households that would be otherwise inaccessible because of distance and heavy rain. Community volunteers provide an invested, dedicated and sustainable workforce for orphans and vulnerable children.


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 April 2014

Last updated: June 11, 2014

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