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Executive summary

HIV / AIDS is a real challenge and threat to the human life. Several thousands of people have died and many children have been left as orphans and destitute. Many families have been affected in one way or the other.

There has been death affecting the able members of the society, which has led to a lot of fear in the community. The Centre has come to terms and acknowledge the causes of HIV and AIDS and preventive methods. This has been due to participation in the awareness in the sessions on HIV and AIDS support by different agencies including the Government that is Ministry of Health.

Many people have come to know and appreciate the cause, prevention and effects of HIV /AIDS yet risky sexual behaviours and hopelessness still abound. Many families have lost hope for living and care for the children have been abandoned. Many people discover too late that they are HIV positive. This makes it impossible to cause meaningful interventions.

The project therefore aims at bringing hope to life among the communities through the circle of hope strategy to HIV / AIDS Management. The emphasis will be to strengthen awareness on VCT, reduction of stimulation, improving the quality of the life of the infected and affected children, their families and preparing them and their parents for the transition. The project will be implemented by Bethel Centre in conjunction with any other body working in the area and the community structure.

Introduction


El-Bethel Centre was registered in December 2001 after operating loosely for I I months. It's national body and it's a Faith Based Organization.

It has a project of a school in Rongo Town, Migori District and it seeks to help orphaned children by giving them high quality education and moral values.

The community engages in subsistence farming as their main stay. Sugarcane is grown as cash crop but after harvesting, it take too long before people are paid, so it's not benefiting them much.

The crops grown are maize, cassava, groundnuts, beans, millet e.t.c but the harvest is normally poor and inadequate as most families are large. There are public and private schools in the area which carter for the big population. Most of the public schools are over populated and understaffed. School drop out rate for girls is high due to early pregnancy and other factors

Other challenges in the area are diseases like measles, acute respiratory infections housing, lack of safe water, poor sanitation and poor infrastructure e.t.c. HIV and AIDS in Nyanze Province where the project is has had the highest infection especially between ages 19 - 25 among the sexually active women.

The Centre has undertaken and participated in different activities aimed at improving the knowledge and the awareness levels.

Background Problem Statement


The major problems which induced Bethel Centre to venture into the social welfare of programme for the orphaned children were:
  1. The high rate of death through HIV and Aids thus many children have been left as orphans.
  2. Numerous orphaned children could not be all accommodated in the one or two homes around Rongo Town.
  3. Feeding the increasing number of orphans who were becoming vulnerable due to hunger.
  4. School drop out rate was increasing as the young orphans were getting into child labour.
  5. The threat of child prostitution was also looming as family fabric was being broken by depravity due to poverty and hopelessness. So on top of our priority list of justification was feeling and clothing the orphans, followed by reduction of school drop out and lastly home based care through counselors and guardians who mostly were elderly grandmothers and step parents.

Justification


The impact of HIV and AIDS has been felt by many families, relatives, neighbours and friends through death and sicknesses. Teachers and key resource person / opinion leaders have died The only way of assisting children affected by AIDS is to work with HIV positive parents, their families and communities to strengthen their capacity to manage the impact of the problem of AIDS. This will be done by prolonging the parents - child relationship as long as positive and after the death of the parents, to nurture the child so as to have the same hope and opportunities as those children who have not been orphaned. It is with the above that Bethel Centre is stretching a hand to promote intervention beyond HIV/ AIDS awareness.

Vision, mission and goals


The vision of the Centre is. To get these children at the tender age and give them the best in life by providing for them physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. To give them education that is Biblically and moral oriented. To teach knowledge and skills required to meet their educational needs of today with the traditional values of yesterday and future responsibly.

Broad Objectives


The Centre aims at addressing the following: To strengthen the capacity of the Centre to advocate, care for and support children impacted by HIV/ AIDS and prevent further spread. - To empower the Centre to improve orphans / vulnerable children's welfare by increasing access to education, food, health, psychological support and legal rights. To promote and strengthen networks lobbying advocacy for the plight of children and families infected by HIV / AIDS - To improve and formalize local partnership / collaboration with a view of increasing the resource base needed in addressing the HIV and AIDS challenge.

Specific Objectives


To improve awareness levels on HIV / AIDS related information and services. To reduce HIV / AIDS stigmatization among communities and children. To improve the quality of life of HIV positive persons and their families. To reduce the amount and effect of distress following HIV / AIDS transition / separation. To give orphans a quality life by feeding and clothing them. To encourage the orphans to pursue their education after provision of basic necessities. To bring up morally upright orphans through child counselling and social rehabilitation by introducing them to the practice of sacrifice. To encourage self reliance and economic enhancement programme through establishment of income generating activities for the guardian and foster parents in order to curb early school drop outs.

Activities


The main project activities will be as follows: To identify the pupils from HIV homes and specifically the orphaned so as to encourage them. To bring those pupils to our school where continued care will be given to them. To offer education with high academic standards which will enable them to compete in our competitive world. Train teachers on psychological and emotional coping strategies to c cushion children and families through the distressing transition. To initiate sustainable school feeding programmes to improve nutrition among children and affected families (through school gardens and improved house hold farming technologies) Periodically provide material support to orphaned children / families including children of terminally ill parents meet basic needs that is food, medical and education. To initiate children's health clubs and facilitate school based health information. To train children on their rights and life skills.

Methodology / Strategy


El-Bethel Centre has a large catchment area, well populated with urban influence. The area encroaches on the suburbs of Rongo Town. he project will use several strategies / methods to deliver the activities. For example.
  1. Collaboration and partnership The Centre will work closely with local Government of Kenya department and Non Governmental organizations in the implementation of the said activities.
  2. Role of opinion leaders The project will strongly involve and integrate opinion leaders in planning and implementation.
  3. School Approach Because children have a better approach to new things, it will promote school drop outs to come back to school.
  4. Community focus The centre will focus on activities that promote community benefits instead of individual benefits Our volunteer counsellors and caregivers identity vulnerable children at school going times who remain at home. They use person to person approach to know the state of children not attending school after which the relatives are interviewed to ascertain any socio - economic problems. Many times, they oblige to enroll the children in our feeding programme and promise to take them to school. Once the feeding burden has been taken from them the need to pursue education is emphasized to them, Bethel Centre targets children of school going age from 5 years. Once enrolled in different schools, their foster parents are encouraged to enroll them at Bethel Centre to be considered in the future feeding and clothing programme. The ECD ages are enrolled at Bethel Pre - school classes. Counsellors shall be trained for die purposes of post trauma counselling of children, especially after parents die thus will help them settle down emotionally and socially. School uniforms shall be purchased for others while the more needy shall be clothed. Also the families taking care of the most needy shall be encouraged to manage small income generating activities initiated for their economic enhancement. Foster parents and the remaining parents shall also be mobilized for the purpose of advocacy and VCT counselling.

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Project title:Holistic Programme
Name of Project:El-Bethel Education Centre
Project Cost:$ 500,000
Duration:On Going
Contact Person:EDWINA ABOK AGER (DIRECTOR)

Grant Payment Details:


Bank Name:Co-operative Bank of Kenya
Bank Branch:Kisii
Account Name:El-Bethel Educational Centre Limited
Account Number: 0110018883200
Bank Swift Code. KCOOKENA
Problems Addressed:The Centre seeks to setup a centre where HIV/AIDS Orphans and other. Needy children can be taken care of by providing holistic education, health and counseling programmes.

El-Bethel Educational centre executive


Summary


EI-Bethel Education Centre is registered with the government of Kenya. It is situated in the environs of Rongo Town in Kabuoro Sub-location where the HIV scourge has really devastated the social fabric of the area. Being in town, the suffering of orphans is never much conspicuous due to assumption that the kids on the loose are either slum dwellers or just poor kids. The majority of the orphans cannot fend for themselves due to age and uncaring attitude of either guardians or single remaining sick parent. The factor necessitated the beginning of the Centre for the purpose of academic, nutrition and social rehabilitation. At El-Bethel Centre, child counseling starts at an early age as they grow up in hope. The project seeks to build physical structures of the school and put in place all the needed equipment to facilitate conducive learning atmosphere. There is need for classrooms, administration and staffroom, kitchen, dining room, multipurpose hall, dormitories, teacher's quarters, clinic with all the required furniture and equipment. The project also seeks to buy computers and a school van Finally, there will be need to sink a borehole and fix a pump which will take water to overhead tank for use at the school since Rongo does not have clean water supply. The project will also address the issue of increased HIV/AIDS pandemic, early primary school dropouts, increasing youth unemployment and child labour with a view to providing sustainable solution to the same.

Problem Statement


There is emphasis on academics at the expense of character formation. This means that most graduates of the present system have no proper moral values and pose great danger to the community and society at large. The project seeks to address this by laying firm foundations in the life of children by pointing them back to the Biblical principles in every area of their lives. This will begin right from Baby class to Standard Eight_ There has also been great decline in academic standards in the area. The project seeks to correct this by laying firm education foundations that will ensure high standards.
The project will also equip the children with practical skills as computer, music, typing, metal and wood work so that the pupils can be more self reliant. El-Bethel educates the whole person. Thirdly, there has been little access to quality education for the poor families. Quality education has been preserved for the well to do families who can afford to pay fees.

Vision



To get these children at a tender age and give them the best in life by providing for them physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Needs of the local people


Academically, the public schools we have around are overpopulated thus quality education is lacking There is therefore a great need to put in place a school with good facilities that will give the students same chance to compete academically with children from other parts of the country. Economically, when pupils do well, it gives them a chance to get economic advantage that gets them out of the poverty circle that has retarded many generations. Since the project seeks to impart practical skills also, some of the children can start their own income generating projects. Also the jobs created in the school will help some parents generate much needed income. Thus the project will raise the economic standards of the community. Spiritually, the area has stagnated a lot due to the cults and cultic beliefs which have been fueled and promoted by the beliefs of the local people- Because people value education so much, it makes sense to incorporate spiritual values into the education system_ Health wise, the facilities are very expensive in Kenya. With a clinic in place children will enjoy much better health. This facility can also be available to the families of the children and the community at large at a minimal fee. Culturally, most luos are still in bondage in their superstitions and traditions. Poverty has hindered many families from prosperity as many children drop out of school at an early age. This has also been compounded by the high rate of HIV/AIDS thus many orphans who struggle to survive. Many of these children when not catered for end up on the streets of our cities where they also beget more street children.

Project size


By the time the project is over, there will be over fifty workers employed and paid monthly. The salaries will come from the fee paid by the able pupils. The required amount from other sources is 35 Million Kenya Shillings. This will be needed to put up the infrastructure as shown below in the budget.

Requirements
Total cost
(in milions)
1.30 Classrooms construction
15 m
2.Furniture for the classrooms
2.0m
3.StaffHousings
5.0m
4.Dormitories Construction
3.0m
5.Furnishing Dormitories
2.0m
6.Office, stafford furniture & Equipment
2.5m
7.Multi purpose hall & furniture
2.0m
8.Kitchen, Dining Hall/Furniture & Equipment
3.0m
9.Clinic & Equipment
3.0m
10,School Van
0.8m
11.Computers (20 in number)
0.6m
12.Bore hole, Pipes and tanks
2.3m
13.Electricity/Generators
1.0m
14.Latrines
0.3m
Total
42.5m
The funds will be needed immediately to begin construction work. The work will be done in phases but we shall begin with classrooms, latrines and boreholes. The others can be done as the funds are made available.

Other help besides funding


  • Volunteer workers in:
    • Construction
    • Teaching
    • Medical Field
    • Special skills e.g. computers, music, languages
  • Expert advice on this project and other projects
  • Things that we can do together to improve our community here.

Methodology


The project will use several strategies and methods to deliver the activities e.g.
  • Collaboration and partnership
  • Role of opinion leaders
  • Community focus
  • Income generating projects will be setup e.g.
    • Farming to generate food to the school and extra to sell
    • Workshops and home science skills can produce items for sale e.g. uniform
    • Run computer commercial classes in the evening for working people to earn extra income for the school.

Monitoring and evaluation

  • The Director will do this on a three months basis
  • Quality project report will be given to donor financiers.