Wezesha Project

U.S. Presidential Initiative:

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

Funding Level:
$2.6 Million

June 2013 – June 2018

Activity Goals:

  • Coordinate sustainable, local support systems for orphans and vulnerable children
  • Support 5,000 households to provide care for orphans and vulnerable children
  • Support 20,000 orphans and vulnerable children

Activity Accomplishments:

  • Established a partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries to build the capacity of caregivers on household economic strengthening activities, such as bee keeping, green houses, goat rearing and poultry keeping
  • Established a partnership with the Ministry of Education to facilitate life-skills training at selected local primary schools
  • Selected local implementing partners to further activity objectives and raise community awareness for the needs of orphans and vulnerable children

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

NGOs including, Lifeskills Promoters, St Johns’ Community Center, and Christian Partnership on AIDS in Kenya

Activity Locations:
Southern Nyanza in Migori, Kisii and Homa Bay Counties


Wezesha Project mobilizes and expands community-based responses to meet the needs of orphans and vulnerable children.  The activity works with local implementing partners, including 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.

Wezesha Project fosters sustainable systems that help local communities ensure that orphans and vulnerable children can lead productive lives instead of being a burden on their communities.  


The Wezesha Project uses a sustainable and family-centered approach to meet the basic needs of orphans and vulnerable children, regardless of faith.  The activity supports community workers to conduct local needs assessments and develop realistic plans for improving household incomes of families that serve as primary caregivers to orphans and vulnerable children.  Community volunteers provide counseling, health information, referrals and resources to orphaned and vulnerable children and their caregivers to address the children’s health needs. 

The activity also strengthens child protection structures to improve the well-being of children and increases market-driven vocational skills for older orphans and vulnerable children. The project strengthens 20 community organizations to respond to orphan and vulnerable children needs effectively. 

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

Wezesha Project Contact:
Emma Wachira, Executive Director, LISP
Tel: +254 20 445 0448
Email: ewachira@lifeskills.or.ke

Updated April 2014

Damaris Githinji, Project Manager
Tel: +254 20 445 0448
Email: damaris@lifeskills.or.ke



Last updated: July 16, 2014

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