Early Christmas for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Matete

A caregiver receiving a goat from the icare organization
A caregiver receiving a goat from the icare organization

Christmas arrived early for over 500 orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC’s)and their care givers in Matete sub county when they received assorted items from icare school of First Aid a community based organization (CBO).

Speaking at Kabrengu during the handover ceremony of dairy goats, mattresses, NHIF cards, sanitary pads and construction materials for three houses, the CBO’s chief executive John Kariuki said his organization targeted at ensuring that orphaned and vulnerable children stayed in a conducive environment.

He said his organization organized the event under the trauma informed care for orphans an vulnerable children programme and brought together survivors of gender based violence, disasters, chronic diseases such us cancer and other diseases  that subject children to a condition called advanced childhood experiences which affects their staying in  schools.

“After discovering that some of these children and their caregivers were staying in deplorable conditions following a visit we decided to build for them semi permanent houses,” said the CEO adding that a majority of them stayed under leaking roofs.

Kariuki said his organization had so far managed to construct semi permanent houses for 41 caregivers besides establishing income generating activities for them.

“The income generating projects were progressing well and hitherto over  Kshs 42 million has been generated with most of the homes projected to be food reliant,” he said adding his organization was immensely contributing towards poverty eradication in the area.

Besides, the OVC project, he said his organization had also managed to avail bursaries  to hundreds of  students in secondary schools from the area.