Empower orphans

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IMG_20141109_134022We believe that all orphans  should be given equal opportunities in life especially when it comes to the provision of basic needs such as Housing, Health care and Education.

Girls and boys are treated equally, and without regard to race, caste, colour, religion or culture. Living is simple.

We try not to Westernize the children, but rather attempt to support them according to the highest ideals of their own cultures. We respect the heritage of each child, whether Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, Secular or other.

We serve to identify and support the most vulnerable children within the marginalized poor communities, especially those affected by HIV/AIDS as well as disaster victims. The orphaned children targeted shall fall under the following categories:

  • Children living on their own in child headed households 
  • Children living in households headed by parents who are HIV and AIDS positive
  • Children living in households headed by relatives and other guardians
  • Children living in Grand Parents headed households, who continue to face challenges in acquiring consistent income, let alone support their grand children with the basic needs.
  • Children living in children’s homes.
  • Children living in orphanages.
  • Children living in other community development centres.

Facts

In every other part of the world the number of orphans is decreasing.

In Africa the numbers are increasing at an alarming rate. Here are some disturbing facts:

  • Over 30 percent of the children who die in the world are African, even though they make up only 10% of the world’s children.
  • 19,000 African children die every single day
  • Over 1 million children are orphaned every year
  • There are more than 90,000 new orphans every month … more than 2,900 every single day

The numbers are staggering and the misery is unimaginable. Most of these children have been orphaned due to the AIDS pandemic, which generates more orphans than any other disease the world has ever known.

Traditional means of caring for orphans have been in place throughout sub-Saharan Africa for generations, but social and economic strains are drastically unravelling such practices. The demand for care and support is overwhelming.

Families and communities are struggling to provide for themselves, never mind taking care of orphans. Children are often raised by their grandparents, members of their extended family, or left on their own in households headed by other children.

While the physical needs of orphans, such as nutrition and health care, are the most urgent needs, the emotional impact on children who have lost a parent is also a serious concern. Having a parent become sick and die is a major trauma for any child, and affects them for the rest of their lives.

Many children die from malnutrition, lack of medical attention, or neglect. There are simply not enough resources to provide them with even the most meager necessities to survive.

Abstract

Background

In Kenya, it is estimated that there are approximately 3.6 million children aged <18 years who have been orphaned or who are vulnerable. We examined the data from the second Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS 2012) to determine the number and profile of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Kenya who were aged <18 years.

Methods

KAIS 2012 was a nationally representative, population-based household survey. We analyzed the data for all the children from birth to age 17 years who resided in an eligible household so as to determine whether their parents were alive or had been very ill to define their OVC status.

Results

We estimated that there were 2.6 million OVC in Kenya in 2012, of whom 1.8 million were orphans and 750,000 were vulnerable. Among orphans, 15% were double orphans. Over one-third of all the OVC were aged between 10 and 14 years. Households with ≥1 OVC (12% of all households) were usually in the lowest 2 wealth quintiles, and 22% of OVC households had experienced moderate or severe hunger. Receipt of OVC support services was low for medical (3.7%), psychological (4.1%), social (1.3%), and material support (6.2%); educational support was slightly more common (11.5%). Orphan hood among children aged <15 years increased from 1993 to 2003 (P < 0.01) but declined from 2003 to 2012 (P < 0.01).

Conclusions

The 2.6 million OVC constitute a significant proportion of Kenya’s population aged <18 years. Special attention should be paid to OVC to prevent further vulnerability and ensure their well-being and development as they transition into adulthood.

Keywords: orphans, vulnerable children, HIV, Kenya

PRF is going to work with the Estimate of 4 Million OVC and their guardians to support and fully implement the program as our benefits through our partners and donors.

Dominic Mwangi Gatumu, The Executive Founder Trustee to Prophet Reward Foundation, stated:

For HIV/AIDS in Africa, spoke about the orphan problem:
We work to villages where the orphans’ population are described as out of control. As a vivid example of that is now commonplace grandmothers are the caregivers for orphaned children ranging in age from two to sixteen. The Grandmothers are impoverished, their days are numbered, and the decimation of families is so complete that there’s often no one left in the generation coming up behind. We’re all struggling to find a viable response, and there are, of course, some superb projects and initiatives in all countries, but we can’t seem to take them to scale. (Note that there are still elderly aged Grandfathers whose too their wives died and yet their daughter left behind taking care for grand sons in a very difficult way).

The silence that surrounds children affected by HIV/AIDS and the inaction that results is morally reprehensible and unacceptable. If this situation is not addressed, and not addressed now with increased urgency, millions of children will continue to die, and tens of millions more will be further marginalized, stigmatized, malnourished, uneducated, and psychologically damaged. There are other some untold stories which are not addressed because the implementation are not organized by the key root of the problem but to the interest of the funds strategic and discriminated. This leads to more deaths, poverty and lack of involvement and silence for the lack of positive action to the key problem and support.

These orphans and their guardians must not only be fed and provided with health-care; they must also be educated and trained so that they are able to grow and become self-sufficient. This will save the children and benefit their communities and the world.

Prophet Reward Foundation is passionate about this work and we welcome your support in;

  1. Investment
  2. Innovating
  3. Partnership
  4. Sponsorship
  5. Funding
  6. Donating
  7. Volunteering
  8. Networking
  9. Involvement
  10. ETC.

We organize children events which bring joy, smiling faces and that bring orphaned and vulnerable children together in one chosen venue.

Prophet World Charity Day (2nd February each year)

To commemorate this day, the foundation is training the marginalized communities, orphans, widows and the poor on how to share the little they have with the others as one part of flashing out the poverty minded pollution to potential mind, to all people. This is the most important psychological world healing which contributes to poverty and violence. It will be one part of preaching love and peace and the way to heal the world to become a better place to live. This brings happiness, joy, love, peace and positive vision focused living people in the world. 

Children’s Christmas Party

This is the yearly highlight for our orphans and vulnerable children. It is a day dedicated to them to ensure they have a lot of fun and excitement running around and playing on the jumping castles. Each child gets  present from Father Christmas, lots of sweets, cakes and nice goodies as well as a nice nutritious meals. This is commemorated in every second weekend of December to prepare them with donations for the Christmas day.

Charity house & Food bank:

Wish list for Orphans Vulnerable Children and Elderly families group;

Blankets, Mattresses, school uniforms, beds, double deck beds, bedding, cooking oil, cooking fat, wheat flour, maize flour, porridge flour, human consumption sugar, school bags, sanitary towels, under garments for boys & girls, dried cereals (rice,  maize, beans, soya beans, cocoa beans, peas, green grams etc), milk powder, dried fruit juice, snacks, toys, cloths, heavy cloths, bicycles, bikes, computers, furniture, utensils, electronics, solar panels and lights, photo copy machines, textiles, pens, pencils, kitchen equipment, office equipment, printing papers, paper folders, Erasers, crayons, manila papers, school shoes, etc

We call upon all parties globally, individuals, companies, organizations, donor communities and the like, with programs of giving back to community, to support us for the success of this day.