Ahero Case studies
Early Childhood Development Centre – Kenya
Kisumu County, where Aids Orphan is establishing the Ahero ECD. This is one of the poorest regions in Kenya with the 3rd highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in Kenya (19.3%). It is estimated that 30-40% of babies born to HIV positive mothers are infected with HIV. According to the Kenyan Ministry of Health, there are approximately 2,300 new HIV infection cases among children (0-14 years) every year in the County and the high number of child deaths caused by AIDS threatens to reverse the recent gain of child survival programmes. The strain of providing basic needs, such as food, shelter, health care and education, for children orphaned as a result of AIDS, burdens an already stretched social system and society at large. Education and awareness is a recognised key factor in reducing infection rates and ensuring that children and youth receive all support necessary to join, stay and succeed in school. Preparing preschool age children through ECD is therefore of uttermost importance.
We are implementing this project with partner organisation CIVS Kenya. We will target 75 HIV/AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) from poor households, aged between 2-5 years per year to receive structured, age appropriate care through the establishment of the Early Childhood Development Centre. Additionally, the nutritional needs of the children will be prioritized in order to tackle the high mortality rate of children under the age of 5 years in Kisumu County (according to the Population Action International 105/1000 births, compared to Kenyan average of 73/1000).
It will cost just 47P a day to feed one chid on the feeding programme.
The goal of this project is to provide access to quality early childhood services to children in order to promote the intellectual, physical, and social development of identified preschool children in Ahero region through the establishment of an ECDC at the Ahero Resource Centre.
• Improved wellbeing and overall development of children through various child friendly activities at the centre
• ECD centre managed and sustained by viable enterprises
• Increased knowledge and skills among ECD caretakers and parents
• Increased involvement of community members in ECD activities.
• Increased knowledge and practice of child hygiene, health care and nutritional needs.
• Improved parenting skills at the household level.
• Each ECD centre promotes learning, playing and other interactive social activities for children.
MOTHER TO BABY
‘HIV is the world’s leading infectious killer [and] remains one of the world’s most significant public health challenges.’ – World Health Organisation.
OVER 37 MILLION PEOPLE are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide…
24.7 MILLION of these are from Sub-Saharan Africa…
3.2 MILLION of these are children.
230,000 CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 15 died of HIV/AIDS related illnesses in 2011..
OVER 35,000 PEOPLE per week become infected with HIV/AIDS…
This equals 5,600 PEOPLE A DAY…
more than 230 EVERY HOUR.