Over 300 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) have been enrolled in the RIVCHO CUBS OVC PROJECT with support from USAID through AFRICARE/MSH. RIVCHO hopes to have achieved twice the number at the end 2011. Improving the well-being of Orphans and Vulnerable Children through the delivery of essential community service in Ovwian and Orhunwhorun communities in Udu LGA of Delta State is the aim of this project. For the reporting period under review, advocacy visits was conducted in the two communities to foster community goodwill which will translate into positive/attitude change for the OVC. Furthermore, sensitization was carried out in both communities in order to identify major areas of needs, in order of priority and to create a sense of ownership as well ensure sustainability.
In addition, house visits were conducted across the two communities to identify, verify and enroll children considered vulnerable. These visits were carried out by RIVCHO’s field officers and volunteers. The visits begin at 8:00am and ends by 5:00pm daily. Most of the children who require care and support were identified through household surveys in communities, self/community-based referral, and schools. Children referred to the programme through the sources listed above, had their OVC initial Assessment Form for the child and Household & Orphans Vulnerability Index Forms completed by the field officers and volunteers. Thereafter, those eligible for the program were enrolled and Child Service Index (CSI) applied for those enrolled. Verification of all the information for accuracy, based on relevant information’s provided by the caregiver and child was also done. This was necessary to ensure that selected children meet the eligibility criteria of vulnerability, and that the available resources can reach children and households who are really in need.
Child Protection Committees have been formed and inaugurated in the two (2) communities. RIVCHO has also facilitated the formation of Kids/Youths Club in each of the two communities, as well as provided Life Skills to 60 OVCs and Sensitized 30 caregivers on Education Support. Distribution of the 100 ITNs sent to RIVCHO by CUBS to OVCs Caregivers also began in August. A number of OVCs have received free health care while those out-of-school are been enrolled in public schools in the locality.
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