| This project
|Funding for orphans' education|
FAASIK is an NGO established 9th February, 2005 to represent and address PLWHIV concerns in KENYA. This was found necessary against the backdrop that despite the numerical strength of PLWHIV, they are not well represented in the national, political, socioeconomic and development processes. As such, the FAASIK was to coordinate and mainstream PLWHIV issues in the FIGHT AGAINST STIGMA and WELLBEING.FAASIK is working within 8 provinces of Kenya.
FAASIK'S work has an education component. Please visit our website at www.faasikkenya.org to read more about FAASIK and our work generally
FAASIK EDUCATION COMPONENT: CONCEPT SUMMARY
Within the local communities in Kenya, orphans have traditionally been absorbed within the extended family system. One in four households in low income communities – where FAASIK operates - fosters at least one orphan by providing for health, shelter, nutrition, education and other needs. However, many of the caregivers often get overburdened thereby lacking the socio-economic capacity to provide adequate care and support for these children.
Due to the high number of orphans and vulnerable children within the low-income communities, FAASIK cannot cope with the numerous requests for support due to limited finances and resources. Many orphans still lack opportunities for and are NOT accessing basic education.
In addition to the above mentioned, failure by the project to sustain bright orphans beyond primary education is a very big challenge, many bright orphans drop out of school because the project cannot support their secondary education, this area needs urgent attention.
This concept therefore seeks to upscale its already existing interventions targeting the provision of information, vocational skills training, and basic education.
In addition to the above mentioned, despite the availability of opportunities for education through the Free Primary Education Strategy, many orphans and other vulnerable children are still not going to school and those that are, do not attend classes regularly. This effort therefore, will include promoting access to education and the retention of orphans and other vulnerable children in schools as well as improving the functional adult literacy and numeracy of caregivers.
• To improve the educational status of Orphans & Vulnerable Children within target communities to meet the millennium development goals
• To increase enrollment of OVC’s in primary schools
• To initiate the beneficiary communities to advocate for poor children to have access to free primary education
• To increase the access of poor children to secondary education
• To change the living condition of poor children through education
This project includes different activities. These are selecting poor children, community meetings on support and advocacy for poor children, provision of financial support to educate the children, conducting beneficiary students meeting, and empowering the poor children's families economically.
i.Selecting poor children
The first activity of the project is selection of beneficiaries. They will be selected from already existing prequalification waiting lists. A team shall do recruitment from community, local administrations and constituency representatives. There shall be criteria to identity the poor from each of the divisions so that beneficiaries will be poorest of poor children.
ii.Support to poor children
The selected poor children will be accorded supported through education. During this course, there are some provisions that need to be fulfilled. These are stationary material, clothing and medical expense. These are to be provided to students every year.
The activity breakdown of this project is shown in the following section.
|1.0 Selecting poor children||no of sites||7|| They will be selected from seven
administrative divisions in the county
| 2.0 Support to poor students
No of children
|3.0 Community meeting (conducting meeting on support and advocacy)|| No of
|4.0 Student meeting||No of students||500|
The community is the nearest body to poor children. They have the responsibility to support and advocate for the poor and orphans. To this end there, is a plan to conduct community representative meeting on how to support and care for poor children and orphans at community level. The meeting is expected to initiate the community to help the poor youngsters.
Here the beneficiaries of this project - poor students - shall meet to discuss and reflect on their issues.
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