Support to Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children Households
“Empowering Orphans and other Vulnerable Children Households in Kibaale District with sustainable livelihoods”
PROJECT SUPPORTED BY,
CIVIL SOCIETY FUND
Civil Society Fund Technical Management Agent/ Monitoring & Evaluation Agent
Chemonics International Inc.
5A John Babiiha Road (formerly Acacia Avenue), Kololo
PO Box 22684, Kampala, Uganda
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Civil Society Fund Finance Management Agent
Deloitte Uganda Limited
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KCSON with financial support from Civil Society Fund (CSF) is implementing (since Jan 2009) a project titled; ‘Empowering Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) households with sustainable livelihood’. Under this project, KCSON is the Lead agency and 4 partners are sub granted to carry out activities on behalf of KCSON and these are;
- Rural Health Education and Mobilization for Development- (RHEMD)-Mabaale Sub County
- Kibaale District Farmers Association- (KDFA)-Kagadi and Ruteete Sub Counties
- Integrated Community Development Initiative-(INCODE)-Kyebando Sub County
- Rural People in Action for Development- (RUPAD)-Mugarama, Bwamiramira and Nyamarunda Sub Counties
The Core Program Areas supported include:
CPA I- Socio-economic Security,
CPA II-Food Security and Nutrition,
CPA III-Care and Support,
CPA V- Education,
CPA VI- psychosocial Support,
CPA IX-Child Protection
Objectives of the project:
- To increase incomes of OVC households from leaving below the poverty line by creating income generating opportunities for 437 OVC households with 2000 0VC by the end of the project.
- To enhance production of adequate food at household level and promote consumption of quality food in time by 600 OVC and 150 caregivers by the end of the project.
- To increase the availability of safe water for drinking and other domestic uses and provide mosquito bed nets to 620 OVC.
- To enable 750 most OVC attend school by providing them with school fees and basic scholastic materials (books, pens and pencils) and therefore reduce OVC School drop out rate.
- To provide 2000 OVC and their households with psycho social support for their stable development into valuable and responsible citizens.
- To promote child rights awareness for immediate responses to circumstances and conditions that grossly violates the rights of children subjecting them to serious risks and hazards by the end of the project period.
Number of OVC served so far under the project per Sub County:
Below are the achievements so far under the CPAs served.
CPA I- Socio-economic Security,
- Supporting OVC households with piggery inputs. 26 pigsties constructed,135 mature pigs and piglets distributed together with 8583kgs of start-up feeds as well as drugs and vaccines all given to 70 OVC households in Kagadi, Rutete, Mabaale and Kyebando Sub Counties. The documented off springs of the above distributed pigs were 594 by the end of Feb 2011, some of which have been passed on to 63 other OVC households making a total of 133 households that had benefited from piggery projects by end February 2011. The households are now able to meet some of their household needs such as providing schooling necessities to their children in school.
- Training of caregivers and OVC in profitable poultry and piggery management. A total of 270 (168 females and 102 males) OVC caregivers have been trained in profitable poultry and piggery management in preparation for piggery and poultry inputs that were later provided.
- Supporting 10 OVC students at RUPAD workshop for apprenticeship training. 10 OVC students from Mugarama and Bwamiramira were supported with fees (100,000 @) for the whole year at RUPAD workshop to acquire apprenticeship skills in carpentry, joinery and tailoring that will help them sustain themselves.
- Supporting OVC households with poultry inputs. 24 poultry houses have been constructed in Mabale, Kagadi and Kyebando sub counties by Feb 2011. These were also stocked with 2650 two months old local chicks, 1924 one month old chicks,15583 Kgs of feeds (growers mash) and assorted drugs (Ascarex for deworming, Tonimix for vitamins and coccid) were given and a total of 751 OVC benefited.
- Mobilising and facilitating OVC caregivers to form Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) and a total of 21 associations were formed in Kagadi Sub County.
- Supporting OVC households with coffee seedlings as a long lasting income generating household project. 18000 coffee seedlings were procured and distributed to 150 OVC households in Kagadi Sub County with a total of 511 OVC.
OVC caregivers collecting coffee seedlings for planting
as a long lasting income generating activity.
CPA 2.Food security and Nutrition
- Training facilitating caregivers in setting up kitchen gardens. 118 caregivers have been equipped with skills in setting up kitchen gardens in Kagadi/ Ruteete Sub County. These have also been provided with vegetable seedlings to OVC and caregivers (onions, cabbages and tomatoes)
- 6,500 banana suckers distributed to 160 OVC households in Mugarama and Bwamiramira Sub Counties to ensure their long term food security
- 2,234 Kgs of Narica IV rice seeds were procured and distributed to OVC households in Kyebando, Mugarama and Bwamiramira sub counties to ensure short term food security.
CPA 3.Care and support
- Construction of underground water tanks and water jars. 10 underground water tanks of 15000 ltr capacity and 25 water jars (20 of 5000 ltr capacity and 5 of 3000 ltr capacity) were constructed in Mabaale and Kyebando Sub Counties to provide safe water for drinking and other domestic uses.
- Procurement and distribution of 413 mosquito bed nets to 310 OVC households in Mugarama/ Bwamiramira and Kagadi/ Ruteete Sub Counties.
- Supporting 23 OVC students to undertake different courses at Birembo War Memorial Institute for their final year (second year). 23 OVC students were supported with school fees, stationery and transport to undertake different courses at Birembo War Memorial Institute for their final year. These students were enrolled in 2009 for a two year course in various fields with CSF support and they completed at the end of 2010
- Provision of scholastic materials, exercise books, pens and pencils to 750 OVC in Kyebando and Kagadi sub counties to enable them stay in school. 1,262 Dozens of 96 pages exercise books, 9,000 pens and 11460 pencils were procured and distributed to enable OVC stay in school given that some OVC and their caregivers could not afford to buy these scholastic materials.
OVC receiving stationary at KDFA office in Kagadi.
CPA 6.Psychosocial support.
- Carrying out visits to OVC and their caregivers for counseling and guidance (psychosocial support). 1958 OVC provided with psychosocial support (home visiting, guidance and counseling) for their stable development into valuable and responsible persons
- Training of 20 project staff and selected volunteers in psychosocial support. 24 field staff, Other OVC service providers trained in psychosocial support handling. The main trainers were Probation and Social Welfare Officers of Masindi and Kibaale districts.
CPA 9.Child protection
- 35 people trained in children rights. These were to include CDOs, police officers, CSO representatives selected vice chairpersons of sub counties.34 people were trained in children rights for 3days. These included OVC programme implementers, CDOs, CSO representatives and selected Vice Chairpersons. The main trainers were Probation and Social Welfare Officers of Masindi and Kibaale
- Conducting Children (OVC) rights and responsibilities awareness creation meetings per parish. Children rights awareness meetings were conducted at community level (parish level) by all implementing partners and this has meant that there will be reduction in abuse of OVC rights
KCSON OVC Partner RUPAD in a child protection
sensitization meeting with caregivers.
Linkages and referrals
Other service providers in the district such as World Vision (WV) were identified and referrals have been encouraged under this project. Referral forms were designed and distributed to all implementing partners.
KCSON also provides networking function of OVC activities through bringing together different service providers through review meetings and other avenues
The coordinator KCSON is a member of the district OVC committee and thus represents views of the service providers.
At sub county level, the implementing organizations liaise with the sub county authorities for coordination of OVC activities.
The local leaders are also involved at the grass roots level and other centres like the church, Mosque are all involved in mobilization of OVC activities.
Coordination and collaboration with the district
KCSON works hand in hand with the district in the implementation of OVC activities as below;
- Joint supervision exercises.KCSON works with the district local government in supervising OVC activities for example we work with the community department, production department in the verification of the quality of seeds and suckers to be distributed to the OVC.We also work with the water office under engineering department in the inspection of the quality of water tanks constructed for OVC households.
- Trainings. We also work with the district when it comes to training of partners and caregivers for example the District Probation and Welfare Officer (DPWO) has been the main facilitator in Child protection and psychosocial support trainings of partners and other participants.
- Reporting our progress. We have also been reporting our progress especially as far as OVC project is concerned to the district through the District Technical Planning Committee (DTPC) meetings monthly. The Coordinator KCSON is a member of this DTPC.
We have put in place the following interventions to ensure that the project is sustained when CSF funding is no longer available;
- Collaboration with the local government so that the CSF/OVC beneficiaries can continue getting support through government programmes like NAADS, Prosperity for all etc.
- Grouping of caregivers (OVC households) to ensure that all group members benefit from the project. For example when OVC households are grouped and may be given pigs, when the pigs give birth, the piglets are distributed amongst group members and the process continues until all group members benefit.
- Integration with other partners for example KDFA one of our sub grantees is working with Uganda National Farmers Association (UNFA) and this can help to sustain the food and nutrition component of the project.
- Formation f VSLAs (Village Savings and Loans Associations) enables members to save some money which they can use to buy drugs for piggery project or buy scholastic materials for the OVC School going children hence sustaining the project.
- Training of field staff and other providers, caregivers in psychosocial support handling will ensure that these people continue giving psychosocial support to OVC even when there is no funding.
- Training of OVC household in kitchen garden development and management will help to ensure availability of quality food to OVC.
- Provision of a comprehensive package requires a concerted effort and commitment by different stake holders.
- Referrals and collaboration amongst different stake holders is key to the success of the OVC interventions.
- Despite the existence of UPE in Uganda, most OVC out of School associate the scenario to lack of scholastic materials like exercise books, pens, school uniforms among others. Some care givers can not provide even the few requirements to enable the OVC attend UPE and USE
- Management of facilities provided under the project such as water tanks, pig stys, poultry houses need to be reinforced with community members rather than the beneficiary households alone.
- Community participation at all levels of the intervention enhances community ownership of the project and ensures sustainability.
- Clarity of the service providers about what they owe to offer to the OVC/ care givers enables the community to clearly understand the project and reduces on the expectations to be in line with what is available.
- The OVC house holds are very much interested in interventions that can provide them with long term income generating projects in order to solve their problems even after the end of the project.
- Collaboration with the Local Government officials in provision of technical services is an important aspect in the improvement of quality of the work done by CSOs for the OVC. The collaboration exhibited so far by both KCSON and its implementing partners with other stake holders such as the District Local Government is encouraging. We involve Local Government Officials in our work to increase on the quality but also ownership of the services we provide to the OVC. Well remembering that we are implementing a project which at one time will come to an end, we need to involve community and government systems that can take on the services after the project.
- Sub granting through a lead agency has led to a wider reach out to OVC and their care givers. This has also improved on the collaboration and networking amongst partners. The quality of work improves too as we check ourselves.
- Formation of smaller groups of OVC house holds ensures that all households get the services under the project. This also helps in management of facilities such as water tanks to benefit a wider community rather than the beneficiary households alone
Constraints during the course of implementation
- High illiteracy levels amongst the caregivers. We have tried to solve this by encouraging them to join FAL.
- Difficulty in communication with some sub grantees especially INCODE in Kyebando where there is no network. We have tried to solve this by constantly visiting them.
- Lack of other necessary service providers in the areas of operation for example there is general lack of legal aid support.
- The prolonged drought seasons especially in 2009 which hindered the implementation of food security related activities.
- Lack of a strong transport facility to cover all the sub grantees in a short time. The organization uses only a motorcycle but some times the weather is unfavourable besides the team is too big to use such a facility.We have tried to solve this by sometimes hiring vehicles especially during joint supervision and verification of partners exercise.
- In adequate equipments and materials for field work activities like lack of transport means by some sub grantees, lack of computers for reporting and planning purposes.
- High poverty levels and the remoteness of the area of operation. This has increased on the dependency syndrome.
- A lot of expectations from OVC and their caregivers even though we clearly explained what we would offer at the start of the project.
- Timely release of funds so that the activities are implemented as per work plan
- CPAs that improve welfare should be emphasized like socio economic security at household level. This not only improves the incomes of the OVC household but also directly addresses other CPAs such as health, food and nutrition, Education etc.
Success Story 1
PIG REARING RAISES HOPE FOR OVC IN KIBAALE
I could not imagine that pig rearing could save the livelihood of my family, say s Nsiganigagwa Wilberforce a 52 year old widower of Nyakaibingo village Kagadi sub county Ruboona parish (Now in Ruteete sub county ) who looks after seven orphans.
Iam one of the orphans and vulnerable children caregivers who hosted a piglet multiplication site and received two pigs (a boar and a sow) in 2009 from Kibaale District Farmers Association.
The first time the sow furrowed nine piglets of which I gave out three to other caregivers and sold the rest at a cost of fifteen fetching me ninety thousand shillings. I used part of this money to pay school fees for my daughter who is in senior one and also bought books for my other orphans.
The second time the sow furrowed ten piglets of which I have given out seven to my other OVC caregivers and Iam still raising up the three of which I plan to sell off and buy a second hand bicycle to help me in fetching water and feed for my animals. I am grateful to the funders and I hope my fellow care givers will get maximum benefit from the piglets they have got from my site.
Nsiganigagwa Wilberforce, a caregiver and his OVC standing in front of their Pig sty constructed with CSF funds.
Success Story 2
"I am now a model household and am proud I can feed my orphans despite being a woman" remarks Nyangoma Joyce a mother of two orphans after hosting an evaluation team during the monitoring and evaluation exercise. KCSON under the CSF supports caregivers with high quality agricultural inputs. Nyangoma Joyce is one of beneficiaries who received high quality banana suckers from RUPAD- an implementing partner of the CSF project. She has a reason to be proud because on top of having enough food for her children she sells suckers of high quality to the neighbors hence receiving some income.
Nyangoma Joyce one of the OVC caregivers that has benefited from CSF food and security component in her banana plantation.
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