Our Programmes

Street Connected Children and Youth Programme (SCCY)

We run a transitional care centre for CwPC (Children without Parental Care) that provides temporary shelter to SCC (Street Connected Children). The centre also operates as a DICE (Drop-in-Centre) where the SCC may opt in or out to access the daily shelter services. At the centre, the children have access to; Hygiene and Health Care Services, LST (Life Skills Training), NFE (Non Formal Education), Counseling and PSS (psychosocial support), Mentorship and Resiliency Training, Nutritional Support and Health Talk, Sports and Recreational Activities.

SCCY serves to ensure that children; are rescued from the harsh street conditions, rehabilitated, reunified, reintegrated and accepted as part of family and communities where they come from. We strive to ensure that children are able to participate and contribute to their own well-being and to family and society; are protected from sexual and physical

abuse and have better access to legal justice. In the long-term, SCCY seeks to ensure that children are enrolled and retained in school, achieving literacy, numeracy and communication skills to their full ability; have improved health status, reduced prevalence of HIV and STIs and better access to health and treatment; and that their families can access food, shelter, and clothing, attaining an improved standard of living.

Highly Vulnerable Children Programme (HVC)

Our HVC program provides a holistic and multi-disciplinarian approach to strengthen the capacity of families and communities to care and protect their children. HVC are defined in this context as “those children whose safety, well-being, or development is at significant risk due to inadequate care, protection or access to essential services. This includes those who are orphaned; receive inadequate adult support because of death, abandonment, economic constraints, or chronic illness; are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, or live under weak family structures or outside of family care units.

Our interventions here are premised on a theory of change that; “if HVC are identified, protected and empowered; AND their caregivers/families’ capacity to provide, protect and care for them is enhanced through information on Child Rights, Child Protection, better care approaches and diversified sources of income/livelihood, THEN the children will grow in healthy, safe and secure environments protected from physical and emotional harm and danger.

Adolescent Girls and Young Women Programme (AGYW)

Through this programme, we partner with VTIs (vocational training institutions), CSOs, Business Enterprises and MFIs (microfinance institutions) to provide short term tailor made training to young women and create opportunities for job placement and mentorship to young entrepreneurs to tackle the multiple dimensions of youth employment crisis. The goal is to improve the employability prospects and income generating capacities of high potential but disadvantaged young women aged 18-24yrs from low income households.

Vocational Education and Training Programme (VET)

We provide NFE (non-formal education) and support placement and retention of vulnerable children into mainstream education through well-wishers and a pool of individual donors to help them acquire literacy, numeracy and communication skills to their full ability to be self-reliant. Our interventions majorly revolves around;

  • Non Formal Education and School placement and support targeting out of school children below 18 years. On average, 300 children pass through NFE at HOVIC Centre on an annual basis
  • Vocational Training targeting youth including AGYW 18-24 years. We work in collaboration with NITA (National Industrial Training Authority) in certifying courses for youth who have undergone tailoring and other vocational training. This enhances their employability prospects thus ensuring maximum impact in the lives of the young people.

Household Economic Strengthening Programme (HES)

Poverty and difficult living conditions limits the capacity of many parents/caregivers to appropriately provide and care for their children. They cannot manage to meet their daily needs or do not have the strength or the means to protect their children’s health. This vicious circle can however be broken in many cases if the appropriate support is given.

HOVIC is available for these families; it gives them strength and supports them in claiming their rights from official authorities. Many parents have the opportunity as part of HOVIC empowerment programmes to make a new start through training , provision of seed funds or linkages to Micro finance Institutions. They can receive advice and exchange their newly-found strength with others, becoming stronger both for their children and for themselves.

Our Target Groups

Children and Youth Living and Working on the Streets

Children and Youth living and Working on the Streets and at Risk of Ill-Health, Abuse and Exploitation or Physical Harm.

We focus on Street Connected Children below the age of 18 including girls in the “hidden sector” defined in our context as girls and young women abode in brothels & working as domestic helps. We also work with young people between 18 and 24 years, as we seek to help ensure that they can live independently.

Highly Vulnerable Children Within Targeted Communities

Children are often the most vulnerable population requiring specific attention to guarantee respect for their human rights. We purposefully identify and support children below the age of 18 from within different targeted communities with ‘special needs’ including those who are disabled, those who are infected or affected HIV/AIDS, those who are orphaned or live under deprived family backgrounds, the ones heading households or living in child headed households or lack sufficient adult support, those who are susceptible to abuse and exploitation and those in conflict with the law or are the risk of unsafe migration and child trafficking.

The Youth including Adolescent Girls and Young Women

The youth in Kenya today face a myriad of challenges ranging from unemployment, empowerment and participation, crime and drug abuse, limited opportunities for education and training and access to financial resources. Additionally, AGYW are at risk of unwanted pregnancies, STI/ AIDS infection, sexual abuse and early marriages among many others. We implement youth focused programmes that seek to improve employability prospects and income generating capacities of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the aim of bridging the gaps to employment and addressing socio-economic factors that hinder young women empowerment.

Parents and Caregivers

A family is the first line of protection for children. Parents / caregivers are responsible for building a protective and loving home environment for all children. We focus on needy families with the aim of empowering parents / caregivers through economic capacity strengthening and sustainable livelihoods so as to enhance their capacities in taking care of and providing safe and secure environments that support holistic growth of children and prevent them from running away from homes and into the streets.

Community Members

Millions of children around the globe are not fully protected. Many of them deal with violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation, exclusion, discrimination and lack of adult support on a daily basis. Such violations render them vulnerable, unwanted and limit their chances of surviving, thriving and pursuing their dreams. Communities therefore provide them with a sense of belonging. They are responsible for building a safe and child-friendly environment outside the child’s home. We sensitize community members on the rights of children including children inheritance rights, right to survive, to be safe, to belong, to be heard and to receive adequate care and support.

Stakeholders

Governments, communities, local authorities and civil society organizations including faith-based and community-based organizations, have key roles to play in ensuring that children grow up in family environments. We understand stakeholders in our interventions to be government agencies and institutions, CSOs, the private sector and our benefactors who in one way or another are involved in delivering social change and community empowerment.

We strive to ensure that schools and communities protect all children and prevent child maltreatment and that girls and boys are protected from violations such as abuse, sexual exploitation, trafficking and working in hazardous conditions, as well as harmful practices, including child marriage.