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1 Changing lives of children in distress through the church; Compassion International OVC Response By George Osoo Compassion Kenya Health Specialist CCIH, May 2008

2 Compassion in Kenya Since Has 248 church partners Reaching out to 61,697 needy children Total No. of orphans supported by Compassion11,167 `

3 Where does compassion work in Kenya? work in Kenya?

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5 OVC or HVC? Compassion uses a different term for the same category of children The word OVC, especially in HIV/AIDS situation attracts stigma HVC: Hyper vulnerable Children

6 Vulnerability Determination Orphan hood Hostile home situation Social/environmental factors This is assessed through vulnerability index tool that was adopted from UNICEF

7 Why HVC? Do badly in school and/or drop out of school Begin working at an early age Have poor health and nutrition Lose their rights to land and property Lack love, care and attention Experience stigma and discrimination Suffer sexual abuse and exploitation Become HIV-infected Experience long-term psychological problems.

8 Compassion HVC care models Church based: Care reinforcement Care replacement

9 Care re-enforcement Strengthening capacity of families to sustein community based care of highly vulnerable children.

10 Care Replacement Refer to alternative care where the child has no family member or extended family to provide care. Compassion’s two approaches : Foster Care Community based Compassion Cottage

11 Care Reinforcement Package Shelter renovation/assistance Nutritional assessment and support Counseling Education support Medical support Other discretionary needs Caregivers education on children’s rights.

12 Care Replacement 1.Foster Care Community mobilization through the church. Training of willing families on foster care. Shelter assistance Nutritional assessment/assistance Medical assistance Child Counseling Caregiver counseling. Income Generating activities

13 Care Replacement 2.Compassion Cottage (4 with 30 children) Shelter Volunteer caregiver Nutritional assessment/assistance Education assistance Property follow up Counseling reintegration Medical assistance Caregiver counseling Income generating activities

14 Activities

15 Shelter assistance 200 beneficiaries

16 Economic empowerment:

17 Foster: NyamburaFreda

18 cottage care 4 cottages in Kenya with 30 children

19 Medical interventions: Chelagat

20 Conclusion

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