Rising numbers of Vulnerable Children (VC) are suffering economically, socially and psychologically as a result of the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Nigeria. Families and communities are continuously struggling to provide for increasing numbers of children affected and infected by AIDS. Diverse forms of actions by community based organizations are the first line of support for households caring for VC. External agencies including state and non-state actors are increasingly developing partnership with community based organizations and providing them with additional resources to scale up the support towards VC due to their prior knowledge to support community actions. Constant inflation and emerging issues in the course of project implementation within the communities not originally agreed upon during signing the contract agreement reduces the impact of the programme.
CHEERS is implementing a two year World Bank HIV/AIDS Fund (HAF) II through the FCT Agency for the Control of AIDS (FACA), VC Care and Support intervention in Bwari Area Council, FCT of Nigeria to Increase Access to OVC Education, Nutrition, Psychosocial and Health support services. The project is modelled on a deliberative, reflective planning process, reviews, utilizing established tools and methods to set standards, goals and benchmarks which improved VC support at their various homes and at schools.
CHEERS in implementing this project have contributed to the livelihood safety net of VC in Bwari Area Council with objectives to support VC intervention in the target locations using a 3+1 strategy which also formed the basis of the strategic objectives which include the provision of health, nutrition, education and psychosocial services to identified VC in Bwari. Activities focused on increased VC enrolment into school and to encourage community participation in their enrolment, retention and completion of school, empowerment of their caregivers through Income Generating Activity (IGA) training and provision of revolving loans, health referral of VC to Bwari General Hospital and psychosocial support through the organization of kid’s forum.
CHEERS at the end of the project provided 587 children with comprehensive education, psychosocial, health, and nutritional services that improved their quality of health.
Below are the achievement from the project: