USAID Supports Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Homa Bay, Kisii, and Migori

Three Kenyan organizations tapped to coordinate care for 20,000 children

The United States has partnered with the Government of Kenya for 50 years to improve the lives of Kenya’s children.  Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) continued that support by launching the Wezesha Project for orphans and vulnerable children.  Wezesha Project is a USAID partnership with Kenyan organization Lifeskills Promoters and its partners, St Johns’ Community Center and Christian Partnership on AIDS in Kenya.  The organizations coordinate the care of 20,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Homa Bay, Kisii, and Migori Counties.

Wezesha will foster sustainable systems that help local communities meet the needs of orphans and vulnerable children.  The project strengthens local organizations so that they are better able to conduct needs assessments, make referrals and provide direct services for orphans and vulnerable children, as well as the families with whom they live.

“USAID supports Kenyan-led programs and builds partnerships with local organizations and communities to build their capacity to tackle tough issues.  This project is significant because it marks the first time USAID/Kenya is extending its partnering efforts to support orphans and vulnerable children,” said Tara Simpson, Deputy Team Leader for HIV in USAID Kenya’s Office of Population and Health.

Wezesha Project is funded through the U.S. Government’s Presidents’ Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR.  USAID is the U.S. Government agency responsible for administering civilian foreign assistance.

For more information, contact Robin Johnson, USAID Communications Specialist

Tel: 0719 112 135  Email: robinjohnson@usaid.gov