Who We Are

HOVIC is a child-focused non-governmental organization (NGO) that was established in the year 2002 in response to the gap surrounding CLWoS (Children Living and Working on the Streets) in Kisumu. It was registered in 2008 under section 10 of the NGOs Co-ordination Act. We work with needy families in creating an enabling environment that promotes holistic growth and development of HVC (Highly Vulnerable Children) including children and youth living and working in the streets and girls in the “hidden sector”.

We also work with communities with aim of supporting them in changing their situations by their own efforts and in a sustainable manner through capacity enhancement and asset building. We therefore invest in building, strengthening and sustaining the core capacities of these communities through synergies and long-term collaborations with other players including governments, CSOs (Civil Society Organisations), the private sector and individuals to achieve social change and self-economic sustenance.

Our Vision

We envision a society where children and youth have equitable access to services and opportunities.

Our Mission

HOVIC exists to empower vulnerable children, the youth and their families to lead dignified lives.

Core Values

In pursuit of its Vision and Mission, HOVIC is guided by the following set of Core Values:

Stewardship

We uphold accountability and responsibility in planning and management of our resources. We exercise sound judgment and accountability in decision making.

Collaboration

We foster healthy and productive working relationships among our staff, beneficiaries, benefactors and all Stakeholders.

Respect

We respect the rights and dignity of every person irrespective of their social standing. We commit to serve all children, youth and their families without discrimination and with utmost respect.

Innovation

We are committed to staying ahead and remaining relevant in delivering value to the beneficiaries, benefactors and stakeholders.

Our History

HOVIC was established in 2002 with an aim of, inter alia, improving the quality of life of CLWoS (Children Living and Working on the Streets) whose rights were rampantly abused and were suffering from malnutrition, harassment and missing out on education. It was registered as a CBO (Community Based Organisation) in 2003 and immediately started to negotiate for a dedicated street children programme. In 2004 a weekend feeding programme for street connected children was established through support from KOP, now known as Child.org.

At its inception, the focus was on addressing the urgent need facing CLWoS in Kisumu City through provision of relief and welfare assistance to CLWoS. This was quickly achieved and in 2008 HOVIC was registered as an NGO stepping up its programme design and operations and started delivering coordinated targeted interventions to mitigate the impact of poverty on CLWoS and girls in the hidden sector and their families. In the same year, 22 children from the streets in Kisumu were successfully reunified with their families. The street children programme intensified in 2009 when HOVIC established a temporary shelter for CwPC (Children without Parental Care) becoming a transitional care centre that provides rehabilitation and PSS support, Health and Nutrition, Non-Formal Education, Life Skills and Resiliency

training to CLWoS and VET to vulnerable youth including girls in the hidden sector through linkages to VTIs. In that year, additional 47 children were successfully reunified and reintegrated.

With persistence in pursuit of excellence in street children programming, HOVIC developed its first rehabilitation and reintegration model in 2010 that further ensured successful reunification of rehabilitated street children. In that year, 56 children were reunified and in 2011, HOVIC reached its annual high in 4 years by successfully reunifying 98 children with their families. Since 2012, we have transitioned from a largely welfare assistance programme to one which aims to gradually include interventions that cultivate long-term sustainable impacts in the lives of vulnerable children and youth including SCC (Street Connected Children).

As we continue developing and setting up sustainable and impact oriented programmes, our programme model that ascribes to the principals of child protection as spelt in the UNCRC and the Constitution of Kenya has gradually, consistently and in a phased manner transitioned to one that takes into account 3 approaches that are critical in our programming;

  • A child/family centered approach in addressing the issue of children living without parental care (CwPC) that acknowledges that a child’s quality of life is interwoven with the life and experience of the family in which they live and that without addressing the push factors at home such as extreme poverty or sickness of family members, the best quality of life for that child will not be achieved
  • A rights-based approach that is anchored on Article 2 of the UNCRC and puts emphasis on child rights provision and protection through the “arch of human rights”. We therefore acknowledge that every child has a right to life, survival and development, Non Discrimination and participation and ensure that our interventions are in the best interest of the child.
  • A case management approach that recognizes that every child is unique and each case require its own plan of intervention. We develop case management plan for every individual child that ensures that every one of them receives the necessary attention. We review individual progress through a case conferences.

This approach has called for continuous development and strengthening of HOVIC institutional capacity and setting up of structures to support programme delivery. Our strategic direction has since shifted with greater emphasis on empowering vulnerable children and their communities to create long-term sustainable change by developing thoughtful and need responsive projects that incorporate global perspectives and local dynamics in delivering the desired change.