Orphan and Vulnerable children “OVC:s”
The Orphans defined by Friends Pioneer are all children who both parents died and are currently in the care of guardians, relative such as siblings, uncles or grandparents including those who are in the care of single parents who are sickly or economically disadvantage and children who are forced to look for employment for the up keep of their families. Friends Pioneer also target those orphaned children who give up going to schools, reasons include poor up bringing, lack of parental love, poor schooling environment etcetera.
The goal of the program is to promote the well being of OVC, through capacity building, educational support, and sponsorship to raise their standard of living by improving the traditional coping mechanism and advocating for their rights. The OVC supports 57 children, eight in secondary school and 49 in primary school. The support is home based, this means visiting the orphans in their respective places of residence, where they live with their guardian. This is where distribution of food and clothing items is done. Friends Pioneer provides mentoring for the children and organizes get-together functions for them. The program has three expense-paying components:
Nutritional Support is giving the child one meal per day. The meal is served during lunch hour in schools or in small restaurants depending on the situation. Friends Pioneer believes that a child can not concentrate thorough out the lesson if he or she is hungry. Therefore the lunch meal is very important to the child. To receive the lunch, the child has to attend all lessons, unless they are sick or having basic problem. For that reason the meal also encourages the child as a motivator to attend all the classes.
OVC education support is paying the child’s education fees. Friends Pioneer believes that education is very vital for each and every child in the world and encourages all the children to have basic education. Therefore they provide all their children with school uniforms and books, for the secondary student it also includes the compulsory tuition fee.
General expenses of the child is also includes in Friends Pioneers OVC-program. As the child have other expenses than the fees of school and food, Friends Pioneer work on the most immediate expenses for creating a good living environment. It can be everything from a mattress, sanitary towels to blankets, medical expenses.
Below you can find some of the children we support in the program:
Agnes Atieno livs in Nyalenda and goes to one of the local schools, thanks to FriendsPioneer! _______________________________________________________________________________________________
Acram Sije gets a meal per day, so he can concentrate in school. He would not go to school if it wasn´t for FP.
This is Brian Omoke and his little sister Rebecca Aflin. _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Calib is getting his photo taken in Friends Pioneers guesthouse in Nyalenda slums, Kisumu!!
Charles Aira lives in the slum area Nyalenda, in Kisumu.
Evans Onyango Odera live out in the rural area. Its just a little bit over 20km away from Kisumu. This is a very dry area, even if its close to Lake Victoria. ________________________________________________________________________________________________
Jacinter Aoko infront of her home in Nyalenda.
Lorren Oyugi infront of her school
Job is getting his photo taken in Friends Pioneers guesthouse in Nyalenda slums, Kisumu!
This is Michel Okinyi and Rachael Orayio in side a mudhouse.
Naomi Apiyo, Ruth Akello and Rehema Adongo
Naomi Apiyo, Ruth Akello and Rehema Adongo are tripplets! Naomi was first out and namned Apiyo-the fast one, and Rehema was last and named Adongo – Late. They dont have a father and their mother is very poor. They live in a small mudhut in Nyalenda, one of the slumareas in Kisumu.
Emelie Anyango and Ngutu
Emelie Anyango and Ngotu is standing in the foodline. It is clothes-giving day att Friends Pioneers guetshouse and the supported children are getting lentelsoup.
Olivia Agura Obala!
Pecillar Abonyo is collecting firewood after school, to help his grandmother, the adult who is taking care of him, with some income to the family. He livs out in the rural area.
This is Pecillar Abonyo grandmother, she probably looks older then she is after a long life of hard work.
Peter Okoyo and Sakius Okoth both live in the rural area.
Christine Abonyo Odero. ________________________________________________________________________________________________
Sharon Aluoch Okoyo ________________________________________________________________________________________________
Mercy Obala Ny’an’g.
Mitchelle Akinyi Owilli _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Nancy Achieng is an total orphan. She has older siblings, but they have left to find work, so now she lives with a neighbour. Nancy Achieng is only 4 years old, and thanks Friends Pioneer they put her in kindergarten, so she has somewhere to be during the days.
Elida Atieno Ouma lives out in the ruralarea, Nyakatch about 20km away from Kisumu. Thanks to her FP she will get a mattress and she is able to go to school, with one sponsored meal a day!
Victor Omondi Mbuye
The support gave VictorOmondi Mbuye a new school uniform last year. Very good, because he was fast
outgrowing the old one!
Jennifer is 14 years old and live in the rural area.