THE HERI CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
HERI Foundation, through this document is seeking support for the HERI Child Development Program (HCDP) which is a program under the children ministry of HERI Foundation. HERI Foundation is non-profit NGO registered under the Non-Governmental Organizations Co-ordination Board, under the Ministry of Devolution and Planning. It was registered in May 2016vide OP.218/051/16-079/10236.
The HERI Child development program is currently running a monthly child feeding project for 200 poor and vulnerable children in Huruma/Mathare slums in Nairobi County. During the weekends, through volunteers, the Foundation provides spiritual teachings to the children and community at large in the same project area. In 2017 the program will diversify to reach more children targeting educational activities in order to have a holistic approach of empowerment.
HERI Foundation gets its financial and material resources from fund-raising events and appeals, donations from well wishers and friends, and writing proposals from funding organizations in the world.
The HERI Child Development Program (HCDP)
The Child development program is a sympathetic response to children who are victims of life oppressive forces resulting to poverty. It is an initiative to eliminate suffering. HCDP seeks to deal with the poverty situation oppressive to the development of the child and releases the child from spiritual, economic, social, mental and physical poverty. Our purpose is to give the child a future that is promising. The HCDP approach is holistic meaning we empower the child in the five areas of the spiritual, mental, physical, social and economic.
The HCDP is a program that envisions bringing social and economic transformation by educating the less fortunate children in the less privileged communities of Kenya. The program inception is Nairobi County and will be replicated to other counties in due course of time.
Currently the state of the less fortunate children in Kenya is encompassed with immense suffering. Kenyan economy is mainly supported by agriculture which failed due to poor weather patterns and poor governance. This forces a number of families who cannot support themselves in their rural homes, to migrate to towns and settle in low cost densely populated areas like slums. The circumstance causes most of the less fortunate groups of people that include the elderly, widows, the sick and children to go without a meal or have one meal a day. In many occasions most families are unable to support themselves and keep their children in school throughout the year. We have over a million children who live in such poor conditions both in rural and urban areas.
Our purpose is to identify the poor, orphans and vulnerable Children and register them into our HCD Program.
Our target is to have reached as many as 10,000 children by the year 2030 and cause them to have access to:-
- Basic education in conducive classroom environment. Support them with uniform, necessary materials and basic medical scheme.
- Work with their parents/guardians to improve hygiene and sanitation among the children’s living conditions.
- Where necessary provide them with essential household support.
- Work with the government for the health protection of these children which may include vaccines, basic essential treatments, opportunistic infections, typhoid and enable them to sleep in treated mosquito nets.
- Support and improve livelihood of poor parents/guardians through economic empowerment.
Through the love of God and our commitment to help, the HCDP upholds these children who are capable future resource for the economy of our country and are threatened by conditions that affect them mentally, physically, socially, spiritually and economically to liberate and equip them into their full potentials.
The high poverty levels in the area due to; poor governance, limited resources, unemployment, poor living conditions, HIV and AIDs and poor health that affect the working age group and have affected women and youth, resulting in broken families, early marriages, rape and defilement, drug addiction and abuse and increased crime toll. These cause early deaths or imprisonment of parents, consequently making the children vulnerable and rendering them unable to access their rightful basics of health care, family development, education, good nutrition and psychosocial uplifting. These threatening factors must be addressed if we are to make them resourceful citizens in our society.
- Taking for example the living conditions among the slum areas of Mathare, Kibera, Mukuru kwa Njenga, KCC, Soweto among others; there is very limited access to basic medical care, educational and social support to cater for the number of children. This renders the less fortunate children more vulnerable because they cannot access basic Education; no one cares hence these less fortune children are left to guide themselves resulting to forming peer gangs that are characterized by drug abuse that leads to juvenile delinquency.
- These areas have maintained tremendous vulnerability of children resulting in high level of prostitution, child labor and child trafficking. Therefore schools, orphanage homes with highly enriched skills and vocational center can have both short and a long term solution.
- The limited educational facilities are congested with high children – to – teacher ratio; they are of low academic standards, and not suitably deliverable to the vulnerable children.
- Due to the poor living conditions among families and lack of proper guidance, the children involve themselves in immoral behaviors increasing their vulnerability.
- The HCDP demonstrates true love to the less fortunate children and hence we are committed to delivering services to the true and rightful beneficiaries without any discrimination of any form and working towards considering the gender based phenomenon and working to ensure it minimizes internal and external stigmatization among the beneficiaries.
PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of HCDP is to redeem vulnerable and poor children from poverty, giving them hope to a better future.
THE HCDP OBJECTIVES
In our approach to empower the children spiritually, mentally, physically, socially and economically, The HCDP shall employ the following:
- Conduct a bi-weekly Saturday program that will involve training the children for spiritual and skills empowerment.
- Collaborating with the local schools for the education welfare and providing academic coaching as necessary.
- Conduct periodical evaluation of the child’s holistic development.
- Improve on the nutritional status of the children in school and at home.
- Create community awareness of support programs in health, sanitation and hygiene.
- Empower the parent/guardian economically
- Conduct home visits and provide family counseling services.
- Conduct HIV/AIDS sensitization meetings with families within the community of our operation.
- Partner with churches and government organs for effective implementation of our program within a specific area.
- Identify orphans, less fortunate and vulnerable children and enroll them in the HCD Programs near them.
- Conducting of pastoral programs in schools that host program’s children
- Provision of tuition fees, school uniforms and school materials.
- Assist in construction of conducive classrooms where necessary and where we have to, build model schools to create a conducive learning environment.
- Construction of pit latrines.
- Supply and establishment of library and computers for school.
- Conduct screening for health issues and provide treatment.
- Provide a hot meal to children at school.
- Provide career mentorship for the children and livelihood skills.
- Initiating and supporting income generating projects at family level.
- Conducting counseling and guidance to children and their guardians.
The beneficiaries of the program will be the less fortunate, orphans and vulnerable children living with slums and poor environments. Priority will be given to orphans and needy children whose parents died of HIV/AIDS, and other natural forms of death followed by needy children from families of low income and those with large number of children but cannot afford their education. Our third category shall reach the destitute, homeless and other forms of vulnerable children.
The immediate families of these children will benefit by raising their general welfare through building up their capacities in child care issues, skills development and where necessary support their livelihood projects. We project that the community will also benefit through activities like counseling, health education, entrepreneurship training and general guidance in family positive progress.
The program is projected to be ongoing; up to when the children are been fully-grown and self reliant. The children project will have established staff and other volunteer workers who will be given appropriate training and will also be managed by volunteers that can come and provide on hand support in any form. Such support may be in form of labor, training, human, financial resources and other relevant vocational skills. The surrounding communities are stakeholders and will support the program where necessary.
The costs would be 30 dollars a month to meet the child’s education, health school materials and school uniform while at basic and primary school level. For secondary, the cost will be 100 dollars per child per month since the fees boarding and personal expenses rise at this level. Initially the program will support primary school and gradually move to secondary school levels.
The HCDP intends for every project that grows to 600 children that in the order of necessity, it will progressively employ a full time nurse, accountant, project manager and social workers. The on-going project is based in Huruma/Mathare slum and activities include, feeding program, counseling and general empowerment of children.
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT HERI FOUNDATION CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM?
We welcome all good hearted individuals to show sympathy to a less fortunate children who did not choose to be born in the oppressive circumstances by giving support in:
Choosing particular child/children that you wish to support through adulthood.
Sending monthly and/or periodical donations for the program to assign the children in the order of need.
Sponsor a specific activity like feeding in schools and during Saturday programs, uniform, healthy flour for victims, purchase of project land, construction of latrines, classes, library, kitchen and offices.
Support in paying for the monthly or annual medical cover with the government National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).
Support with funds for remuneration of staff, currently all are on volunteer basis.
THE HERI FOUNDATION TEAM INCLUDES:
Rev Bobby Ndungu – Team Leader
Maina Mwangi – The 2nd Team Leader ( ICT)
Ruth Wanjiru Kipkorir – Foundation’s Secretary and nurse
Loise Waiyaki. MSc. Business & Management – Foundation’s Treasurer
HERI foundation is seeking for support amounting to Ksh 28,778,000 for 2017 as detailed below together with a projection for 2018.
|Activity||UNIT COST||YEARLY COST||2017 KSH.||2018 KSH.|
|Number of children||3,000||36,000||600||800|
|1||Child, education, upkeep package||21,600,000||28,800,000|
|2||Project Manager 1 person||50,000||600,000||600,000||600,000|
|3||Nurse 4 persons||40,000||480,000||480,000||960,000|
|6||Social Workers 6 persons||30,000||2,160,000||2,160,000||2,160,000|
|7||Volunteers & teachers allow’ 20 ppl||1,000||240,000||240,000||240,000|
|8||Administrative costs 10%||2,616,000||3,384,000|