EDUCATION


VICOCAP started an orphans and vulnerable education support program in 2016, where children from vulnerable family backgrounds in kibera slums are identified for mentorship, feeding program and secondary school fees support.

 

ORPHAN


IMKE education fund was established in 2016 by VICOCAP in collaboration with Imke Straaten to improve access to secondary education for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Kibera slum. Imke Straaten was in Kenya conducting a research to gain an insight in the role of sustainability in the livelihoods of entrepreneurs in urban informal settlements in Nairobi. READ MORE

 

ECONOMIC


We empower the community on how to improve their household incomes so as to create wealth and be self-reliant. It is essential to shift the mindset of the community members from dependency to self-reliance. VICOCAP works with 17 government registered groups.

 

ENVIRONMENT


Living in the urban slum is a night mare as garbage is scattered all over the area. Although VICOCAP has trained some youths groups engaged in garbage collection on sustainable strategies in management of garbage collection, the problem is still high.



 

HADIJA

I took my first business loan of ksh.15, 000 on 22nd September 2016 which I paid for three months. I used the whole amount of loan to boost the salon business. My second loan of ksh.30, 000 was used to pay for my daughter’s school fees at Butula girls’ high school to a tune of ksh.20, 000 while ksh.10, 000 was used to boost my business stock.
The business is doing well since am able to get between ksh.1, 000 and ksh.3, 000 per day. All hard work brings profit but mere talks leads to poverty. I have made up my mind to dedicate my time and skills to this business.

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BLESSING PARADISO HELP GROUP

The group was registered with the government on 14th March 2015 after undergoing trainings from Visionary Community Care Program (VICOCAP). It has been operating since then for the last three years. The group has eleven members 3 men and 8 women. Kalunuki group joined VICOCAP in 2015 immediately it was registered. Since 2015, the group has been engaged in the following activities:
⦁    Promotion of savings culture
⦁    Table banking popularly known as group savings and loan (GSL)
⦁    Medical saving scheme,  Education support project, Income generating activities.
  
   

 

ELIJAH

The individual businesses have employed us and created employment of 4 other members of the community. We are currently processing a loan of kshs 20,000 from VICOCAP to add to the group savings totaling to kshs 51,300 to start a joint group project valued at kshs 80,000.
We wish VICOCAP well in their continuous support and transformation of many lives of vulnerable persons in the informal urban settlements.

 

 

 

 DISABILITY WEBSITE

One in every 10 Kenyans below the age of 21 is disabled, a survey has revealed. This is a comparison with the global estimates of about two out of 10 persons. “Overall, higher rates of disabilities were found among children in rural areas at 60 per cent as compared to those in urban areas at 40%,” states the National Special Needs Education Survey (NSNES).

Most Kenya’s Poor Live in Rural Areas- About 79% of Kenyans live in rural areas where they depend on subsistence agriculture for their livelihood. While most of these people live in areas which have a good to high potential for agriculture, this land only comprises about 18% of entire territory of the country. As such the resources are overwhelmingly stretched to provide any meaningful income for the vast majority of the population. In fact the population density is so high that in areas with high potential of agriculture it’s about six times higher than the country’s average 55 people per square kilometer

It is on this background that Visionary Community Care Program (VICOCAP), envisioned empowering People With Disability (PWDs) in Nyamira County. A need assessment was conducted by VICOCAP and Center for Wash Promotion Services (CWPS) in October 2017 to identify needs PWDs were facing in the County. The organization engaged the community during needs assessment conducted in Nyamira County in October 2018 targeting persons with disability.   The needs identified include lack of financial literacy, poor sanitation and hygiene, lack of market for local farm produce and lack of market linkages.  The people who were engaged included county and sub-county social services officers, county and sub-county agricultural officers, water officer and public health officers at sub-county level and the persons with disability.  The persons greatly affected are the children with disability, children in disability and Women with disability. The total number of persons with disability in Ekerenyo and Itibo wards whom VICOCAP works with is 224 both Children and adults.

Nyamira County has four constituencies classified as sub-counties. We work in Nyamira North sub-county with an office at Ekerenyo town centre. The sub-county has 2 divisions and 5 wards. Ekerenyo division has 2 wards namely Itibo and Ekerenyo. Nyamusi division has 3 wards namely Bomwagamo, Bokeira and Magwagwa. VICOCAP is currently working in Ekerenyo division in Itibo ward and Ekerenyo ward respectively. People living with disabilities in the area face many challenges which include:

  • Negative perception from the community
  • Lack of awareness creation on disability
  • Lack of mobility devices and
  • Lack of access to education due to limited schools with special needs.

Persons with disability in the region due to the topography of the land have limited access to water and sanitation facilities, limited access to education and medical care, exclusion from registration with government bodies, exclusion from capacity building on various areas such as financial literacy, entrepreneurship, marketing, policies and human rights.

VICOCAP’s interventions approaches is aimed at improving the lives of disabled people, through economic empowerment to enable them access basic services including food, water, health, and consequently attain some levels of self-reliance and support disabled OVCs access education. We work towards disability inclusive development. This means that all planning and programmes have to be inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities.

The interventions involves formation/activation and registration of groups with persons with disability; capacity building on human rights, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, WASH, education; provision assistive devices; establishment of income generating activities; establish linkages to markets, financial institutions, health services, government services and relevant agencies for networking and coordination.

Our livelihood program ensures that people with disabilities successfully integrate in the job market. The aim of our inclusive education and livelihood program is to guarantee that people with disabilities are able to live independently, make a living for themselves and their families, and be an equal part of society.

The business model (Inclusive Business) program is aimed at helping people with disabilities start a stable micro-enterprise and thereby earns their own income to support their family and thus actively participate in society. The project supports entrepreneurs with disabilities who struggle to keep their business running and entrepreneurs with disabilities wanting to start a business. Both groups need guidance on how they can develop their ideas into a viable business. 

Community health workers are trained to identify the beneficiaries who are often hidden by their families and to give them the necessary support which will enable them to become self-reliant individuals, escape the vicious circle of poverty and have equal opportunities to quality education, gainful employment and health services.

Inclusive education is schooling for the vast majority of children within a mainstream system, where all children - including those with disabilities – are given the opportunity and support to learn together in the same classroom.Nine out of ten children with disabilities are out of school, and 80 percent of all children with disabilities live in rural areas. They are often excluded from education and society due to physical, ideological, systemic, and cultural or communication barriers.

VICOCAP strives for full participation of and equal rights and opportunities for persons with disabilities. In an inclusive community, every person is welcomed and valued and differing needs are accommodated. This means education, livelihood and accessible to health care for all are inclusive.

 

 

FROM VULNERABLE TO RESILIENT FAMILIES IN THE KIBERA SLUMS

This project will provide a holistic family-strengthening support during one year to 20 families in the Kibera slums in Kenya in order to increase their livelihoods and resilience in a sustainable way.  A survey by a psychologist based on an internally developed M&E questionnaire of 22 questions is used to measure the baseline of the families' resilience.

The support to the families will cover four areas (socio-economic, educational, health and psychosocial support) and focus on reinforcing the dynamics within the family and not only the individual characteristics as per aid paradigm in most current interventions. A monthly monitoring by the families themselves (in English and/or Swahili) on progress along these four dimensions (using basic USSD mobile phones, aka "kabambe phones") will allow to follow progress and ensure proper implementation of the project. A quality control of the data control will ensure the quality of the data collected which will then be used to produce monthly dashboards on project progress.

The main objective of the proposed project is to build resilience of the vulnerable families in Kibera through economic and social empowerment (including psychological support), as well as the support of the education, health and psycho-social functions of the family. The socio-economic support includes the promotion of income-generating activities, apprenticeship in surrounding workshops and craftshops, the promotion of savings building and the access to small credits. The proposed action targets all members of the family, fathers, mothers, grand-parents and children. The average family is expected to count seven children which entail a total number of 140 end beneficiaries. The support to these families is anticipated to impact up to 7,000 community members of Kibera immediately surrounding the identified families.

The proposed action aims at addressing the livelihoods of households and communities in the Kibera slums in Nairobi by focusing on families as the central unit of intervention. The family is the basic unit of society and needs to be protected and supported. Families perform important socio-economic and cultural functions and provide the natural framework for the emotional, financial and material support essential to the growth and development of their members, particularly infants and children, and for the care of other dependants, including the elderly, vulnerable, disabled and infirm. As primary agents of socialization, families remain a vital means of preserving and transmitting cultural values.

The target groups are the vulnerable families and households in Kibera living in extreme poverty and presenting serious challenges to achieve resilience such as members of the family with mental or physical handicaps or chronic illnesses, major trauma history, alcohol abuse, sexual gender based violence, school dropout children and delinquent children.

 

Visionary Community Care Program (VICOCAP) is located near Kibera's central market place called Makina. For this proposed project, VICOCAP will identify twenty families located within reach around Makina and will be using a transparent and clear selection criteria including level of poverty, geographical /physical location, level of income, presence of illness, families struggling with gender based issues, alcoholism, level of education, disability, number of meals per day.

VICOCAP's contribution and value-added to support households livelihood improvement in Kibera is unique in its approach and will actually contribute to the sustainability of government's actions in the slum but development partners' actions and others NGOs' current on-going actions in Kibera in related fields such as education, health, economic empowerment including current support such as Carolina for Kibera (education), AMREF (Health), Plan International (Education), Shining Hope for Communities –SHOFCO (Health, economic empowerment, Education) and the Red Cross (Emergencies).

 

VICOCAP will be working together with Community Hope Foundation (CHF) and Centre for WASH Promotion Services (CWPS), its co-members inside the PALILIA Consortium. The Consortium was created in March 2019 but VICOCAP has worked with the two partner organisations since 2017 on various projects, including in Kibera.

In March 2019, in order to pull synergy and maximise impact, VICOCAP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two partner NGOs, the Community Hope Foundation (CHF) and the Centre for WASH Promotion Services, creating the PALILIA Consortium which is currently hosted in VICOCAP offices in Kibera. The PALILIA Consortium gathers now VICOCAP's experience in Livelihoods improvement and Education Training, together with CHF's experience in Empowerment and Fundraising and the Center of WASH Promotion Services' experience in WASH Capacity building, Equity and Inclusion projects.

VICOCAP's contribution and value-added to support households livelihood improvement in Kibera is unique in its approach and will actually contribute to the sustainability of both governments, development partners and other NGOs' current on-going actions in Kibera in related fields such as education, health, economic empowerment including Carolina for Kibera, AMREF, Plan International, Shining Hope for Communities –SHOFCO, Red Cross, Riziki Kenya in Kibera in related fields as education, health or economic empowerment.

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