Project-supported orphans and vulnerable children
get „„wings to fly‟‟
Hellen Owuor, a 14-year-old vulnerable child supported by APHIA
WesternKenya, defied poverty and all other odds to score 400 marks out of the possible 500 in
last year‟s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations.
With parents who are both HIV positive and no steady source of income, she fearedlosing her opportunity to pursue secondary education in a National School
though I got a calling letter from Kenya High School, thoughts of losing the chance
and joining a local day school crossed my mind because of poverty,‟‟ says Hellen.
Hellen is among 43 pupils supported by APHIA
Western Kenya who benefitedfrom Wings to Fly, an initiative of Equity Bank that supports orphans and vulnerablechildren with school fees, shopping money, pocket money, and fare to and fromschool for the four years of secondary education.Equity Bank Kisumu manager Kuyo, speaking during the presentation of thescholarships
at Kisumu‟s sports grounds
, said that this initiative is aimed at mouldingfuture leaders and ensuring that children from poor backgrounds receive a chance to pursue their dreams.Kuyo urged the beneficiaries to continue working hard, promising best performerscontinued support up to the university level and even employment thereafter.Hellen lives with her parents in a one-room house in Ombo Kawere village, MigoriCounty. She attended St. Cecilia Olare primary school, where she emerged top with asterling performance that had not been registered in the school before.Having been identified for support through the Dago Dala Hera community-basedorganization, Hellen benefited from payment of school levies, school uniforms, andother support from APHIAplus Western Kenya.The project also pays school fees for other students in secondary schools.In 2012, the project paid school levies for 37,501 orphans and vulnerable children to enable themto continue their schooling and provided school uniforms to more than 60,000.
Hellen Owuor outside her home
though I gota calling letter fromKenya High School,thoughts of losing thechance and joining alocal day schoolcrossed my mindbecause of poverty.
Rianyamwamu peer educators demystifying condom size througha small-group activity
National Organization for Peer Educators (NOPE) implements aworkplace program intervention (WPI) that contributes to APHIA
Western Result Area 3 to ensure
increased use of quality healthservices, products, and information in the public and private sectors.
focuses on improving and expanding availability of high-impact,high-quality health services at facility and community levels, increasingthe demand for those services, and improving health-seeking behaviorsin the communities.The WPI
s mandate is to create demand for service uptake in all threeintervention areas while building partnerships and networking withAPHIA
s partners and other relevant stakeholders.
NOPE‟s WPI covers Nyamira County, Migori County, Kisumu
County,and Siaya County. The program has established partnerships throughmemorandums of understanding with 15companies and 6 institutions of higher learning
National Organization for Peer Educators (NOPE)
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