ORPHANED AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN (OVC) PROGRAM
The Homecare Mentors Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program was started in 2006. The program aims at caring for the physical, social and spiritual needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Kibera.
Imagine Children of Kibera full of hope for a better tomorrow! Imagine children bringing light in their small dark homes because they have experienced the love of Jesus! Our utmost desire is to see children of Kibera know the word of God and grow up experiencing the fullness and joy of salvation. This we believe will mould them into agents of change in their own homes and the community.
To see orphaned and vulnerable children belonging to a community and enjoying its full love, care and nurturing support.
Building church communities to provide demonstrations in protecting and caring for orphans and vulnerable children.
• Saturday Bible Clubs.
The Homecare Mentors Program is currently partnering with 5 churches from Kibera slum to hold bible clubs. The program ministers to about 400 children in diverse ways, the major ones being physical food and spiritual nurture. The bible clubs were started to provide psycho-social support (PSS) to the children and run every Saturday of the month throughout the year.
The clubs reach out to the boys and girls from Kibera with the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to know, love and serve Him. The program runs in each of our partner churches from 9:00Am to 1Pm. They are served with breakfast (whole porridge) and lunch; the only hot meal for the day for most of them.
• Education empowerment.
Most of the children in Kibera attend informal schools where little learning if any, takes place. The caregivers hardly afford the levies charged by the public schools where learning environment is more conducive and therefore competitive. The program is currently supporting the education of about 119 children in public schools by paying the levies required, learning materials and school uniforms.
• Monthly food hamper
Care-givers of the sponsored children receive a monthly food hamper comprising of dry food stuffs like maize meal, beans, rice and cooking oil. This is a small portion to take the family through a few weeks. The month of December being a festive season, the families receive an additional package of wheat flour.