What We Do

Orphans & Vulnerable Children

There are over 900,000 AIDS orphans in Kenya and many more children orphaned from other diseases. Every day, 700 adults of reproductive age die in Kenya, leaving behind an increasing number of children. The crisis is rapidly worsening across all of Africa. We continue to study this problem and are part of three multi-country studies measuring the needs of these children. Our programmes are reaching 45,000 orphans and vulnerable children providing care, support, education, nutrition and medical care. Many of these children are sick themselves and require a lot of love and support.

We are working with children in many different set ups (extended family care, foster and adaptation, village type institutions and orphanages). We are helping these children intergrading into communities and in 2006 we will scale up these programmes to meet the growing need in project areas larger than the Irish republic. With your help we will be able to ensure the futures of thousands of these children. Not all vulnerable children are orphaned, many are severely malnourished, and many go to bed hungry every night. We need your support to change the poverty trap that drags these children into further illness and disease.