Riverine Communities Health and Development Organization (RIVCHO, is an implementing partner of the Delta State Action Committee on Aids (DELSACA) HIV/AIDS Programme Development Project (HPDP) 2 fund, the objective of this program is to improve the well-being of people living positively with HIV/AIDS and Orphans & Vulnerable children (OVC) in Delta state. The HPDP2 is a world bank supported project; supporting Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS response since 2002. RIVCHO also implemented the HPDP1 in 2006 ended 2010.
RIVCHO implemented its second tranche activities across five local governments namely: Ethiope East, Okpe, Udu, Ughelli South and Sapele LGAs in five communities which are Kokori, Adeje, Ovwian, Okwagbe, Elume communities.
RIVCHO has achieved over 30% of the Delta SACA HPDP 2 second tranche (6 months) activities implementation from July to December 2015.
Within the last 6 months RIVCHO has been able to provide the following:
Psychosocial services to 2,082 OVCs: This involves guidance and counselling sessions, school performance evaluation visits and social security functions where the child is being abused, threatened or being treated unfairly.
Educational support to 548 OVCs (M=263 F=285): This involves the provision of school bags, sandals, notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers among others to OVCs who already in school and to those who are being enrolled into school by RIVCHO.
HIV prevention services to 1,837 (M=905, F=932): This involves HIV counselling and testing
Life building skills to 1,015 OVCs: Involves communication and conflict resolution skills which would help assist learners to explore and develop the skills necessary for successful living and learning. The more coping skills learners have, the better their chances of an improved quality of life and better social functioning.
RIVCHO appreciates Delta State Action Committee on AIDS for the involvement of RIVCHO for the HPDPII HAF project to improve the wellbeing of PLP and OVCs in five communities and also appreciates the community members who assist them during the project.