The programme aim is to address food insecurity of OVCs/Guardians and marginalized community, improve access to improved diet by the OVCs and improve access to quality education to OVC in primary, secondary and post -secondary education. Under this programme, the following are the intervention;
Child education support services.
SAIPEH works with children in difficult circumstances. We pay attention to orphans who have lost all or one parent, children whose parents are living with HIV and AIDS and children who are physically challenged or children who are born of single parents but stay with grandmothers. Some of these children live on their own in the so called child headed households. SAIPEH supports 505 children on its project in 200
households. SAIPEH assists the orphans and vulnerable children to access education by paying fees, buying stationery, textbooks, and clothing.
SAIPEH also provides them with blankets and mosquito nets and medical care. SAIPEH also teaches
them about HIV/AIDS, adolescent reproductive health information and organizes for action days during holidays to feed them, listen to stories, engage them in plays and games as well as show them HIV/AIDS related videos.
SAIPEH also educates the children on child rights while emphasizing on their obligations. SAIPEH encourages them to participate in community work and also organize for mentoring to ensure that they grow up responsible people. SAIPEH organizes for child counseling session and spiritual talks to the children. SAIIPEH organizes for the assessment of the children to ascertain any physical disability and works with other stakeholders to ensure they undergo corrective surgery and rehabilitation.
SAIPEH come up with day care centers after in emerged that the supported extended to child-headed households never makes a big difference in terms of keeping them in school. The children are kept out of school because they find their food stolen and nobody to attend to them. SAIPEH works with local communities who organize to prepare meals and serve it in to the children in the morning, lunch time and supper but the children stay at their homes. SAIPEH also supports these children with clothing, blankets, and school supplies and games items. SAIPEH has mobilized the communities who have taken over the farms left behind to the orphans. SAIPEH supplies the farm inputs and the food produced is taken to the feeding center. There is so far one center in operation and it has 30 children, five of whom have just joined form one in secondary schools.
SAIPEH works closely with the care givers who are mainly grandmothers, aunts and close relative to ensure that the children can get food and also that the people living with HIV and AIDS have access to good nutrition which is key to boosting their immunity and hence prolonging their lives.
SAIPEH organizes for training in crop and animal husbandry and then supplies seeds and other farm inputs to them. They are also trained on nutrition and value addition for those who take farming as a source of income.
SAIPEH has initiated a diary-farming project dubbed “Donate a Cow and Goat Project’ and Poultry keeping. The guardians puts up the diary unit and SAIPEH gives them a cow or goat. The guardian who now owns the cow or goat will donate a calf to the next guardian in the line who will in turn do the same. So far SAIPEH has given out 100 dairy cows and 125 dairy goats to 100 and 125 guardians respectively and several poultry to over 60 households. This activity creates employment to those involved in it, boost the nutritional status of the families and raise family incomes. The manure from the cow increases soil fertility and enhances crop yield.
This intervention aim is to diversify their household economic base by increasing the current annual household income by 50% in the first three years of the strategy plan SAIPEH has put up several strategies to alleviate poverty and ensure that the project beneficiaries are self sustaining and earn an income. The guardians and young people are trained in entrepreneurial skills to build their capacity to initiate income generating activities like selling food stuffs like maize, beans etc., cloth, paraffin, charcoal among others. SAIPEH provides them with capital to start the IGAs. They meet two times a month to repay the loans and make a saving. This is aimed at enabling them to provide basic needs to the orphans like food, clothing and medical care. The care givers engage in Table Banking. The Guardians have been grouped in tens. Each member contributes some money, which is shared out by the members as loans. The members pay back during the next meeting with 1% interest, contribute and share it out again. The guardians are able to expand their businesses, meet their basic needs and pool together resources. The savings made are invested in other projects like food production.
SAIPEH has started vocational training in tailoring and carpentry for beyond school going age children, many who are orphaned. SAIPEH supports their training and registers them for government trade tests. Those who pass are put on attachment and SAIPEH provides them a soft loan as a start up capital. They repay once they are stable.
Due to high costs of health, SAIPEH encourgaes families to save for health Insurance Care where NHIF – SAIPEH collects the savings and pays up to NHIF on behalf of the affected families at a lower costs.
The families enjoy health services at no costs while in selected hospitals.