The Wezesha Project supports outreach activities that foster emotional support for children. Here, a group of orphans and vulnerable children from Matongo Village in Marani sub-county play and make new friends.
June 2013 – June 2018
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
Coordinated with other orphan and vulnerable children stakeholders in the region to avoid duplication of efforts and identify critical needs
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
Increased community awareness of orphans and vulnerable children, and their needs community events and awareness activities
– Government of Kenya Ministries, including the Ministry of Labor and Social Services, Health, Education, Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries.
– Lifeskills Promoters (LISP)
– St Johns’ Community Center (SJCC)
– Christian Partnership on AIDS in Kenya (CPAK)
Southern Nyanza in Migori, Kisii and Homa Bay Counties
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.
The activity aims to strengthen health and human capacity and promote inclusive, market-driven, environmentally sustainable economic growth.
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, which allows families to better serve as primary caregivers to orphans and vulnerable children. Community volunteers provide counseling, health information, referrals and resources to address health needs.
The activity also strengthens child protection structures to improve the well-being of children and increase market-driven vocational skills for older orphans and vulnerable children. Efforts to address gender inequalities and gender-based violence are integrated into project activities including efforts to engage girls and boys as leaders. The project also strengthens 20 community organizations to respond to orphan and vulnerable children needs effectively.
Wezesha Project community volunteers discuss plans for orphans and vulnerable children outreach. Community volunteers are crucial components of the Wezesha Project. They provide a local, sustainable approach to identifying children’s needs and connecting those children with resources to meet those needs.