MWENDO Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project

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There are an estimated 2.6 million orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Kenya, of whom 650,000 are orphaned by AIDS. It is estimated that over 1 million households care for an orphan. Without a coordinated multi-sectoral response, OVC are at risk of not knowing their HIV status, not adhering to HIV treatment, facing economic vulnerability due to caregiver illness and/or death, and living in a child-headed household – a situation that puts them at greater risk of school dropouts, early marriage, risky behaviors, and HIV infection.

Making Well-Informed Efforts to Nurture Disadvantaged Orphans and Vulnerable Children (MWENDO) is a USAID-funded project that targets 432,850 OVC in 181,031 households across 17 counties. It focuses on improving the well-being of children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV by increasing their access to health and social services; strengthening the capacities of households and communities to protect and care for OVC; and strengthening child welfare and protection structures and systems.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 2:00pm

Last updated: March 11, 2021