The impact of HIV/AIDS on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) is enormous especially to children themselves, their families and society. About 150,000 children less than 15 years are HIV infected and out of these 60,000 are under 5 years. Most of these children get infected as a result of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.
OVC constituent the most vulnerable members of the society because they lack basic needs such as food, health care and education. In addition they are stigmatized, thus exposing them to further abuse and exploitation. At the community and family level there is increased stress on the extended families as they try to care for these children while an increasing number of elderly and young children are forced to become household heads. It is worse in the poor rural settlement schemes and urban slums where children have no relatives to take care of them when the parents are ill or die. HIV/AIDS has negatively affected especially agricultural production of most communities, with dwindling food resources that lead to OVC getting inadequate nutrition and are often malnourished leading to frequent illness and stunted growth.
Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) face a number of challenges, including finding money for school fees, food, clothing, and access to basic healthcare. Their desperation makes them more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, ultimately making them more susceptible to contracting HIV. Less than 15 percent of OVC receive any kind of international support - the majority of the support they receive come from their own communities. Effective responses to the challenges facing these children must strengthen the capacity of families and communities to continue providing care, protection, and assistance to them at minimum, meeting their basic needs.
we are currently helping more than 50 children in our cahed rescue centre (www.cahedkenya.com) Our children support appeal for International friends and organizations who has interest in children is education, food, clothing, medicine or health services, shelter, on the ground to those families who need it most.
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Psalm 82:3