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The Problem

Prosper project is implemented in Homa Bay and Migori Counties, which continue to present the highest HIV prevalence rates in Kenya, 26 and 14.3 percent respectively against the national prevalence of 5.9 percent (Kenya HIV County Profiles 2016).   The two counties are among the four which have been reported nationally as hyper endemic areas in the HIV disease burden.  Homa Bay County leads with the documented new adult and child (0-14 years) HIV infections while Migori County is ranked 4th. The HIV prevalence is also higher among the women indicating higher vulnerability to infection. The high burden of HIV has continued to have far reaching socio- economic impact on the affected communities. Prosper is a four-year project, (2016- 2019) which focuses on building strong and resilient families so that they are able to meet the immediate needs of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). The project promotes economic growth, food security and health messages among the households in the two counties. In addition, the project is focused on developing linkages and referral pathways to enable households to access services and resources available from National and County Governments of Kenya, other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), and the private sector.

 

The project is in the second year of implementation and currently supports 4,350 caregivers caring for 9,512 OVC. The project has employed various strategies considering the varying levels of vulnerabilities and status of the household heads to build their capacities to grow their economic and social capitals.   The economic gains and social capitals will enable them to sustainably respond to the needs of OVC. CRS continued to build the capacity of the four Prosper Local Implementing Partners (LIPs): Caritas Homa Bay, Homa Hills Community Development Organization (HHCDO), Mercy Orphans Support Group(MOSGUP), and Blue Cross Nyatike Community Development Program (BCN) that they can deliver, advocate and link the households to core services. These were done through meetings, trainings and mentorship. The LIPs implementation structure includes 195 Community Health Volunteers (CHVs), 23 Volunteer Children Officers(VCOs), 14 Agriculture Field Agents (AFAs) and 54 SILC Private Service Providers (PSP) who play the crucial role of service delivery at the households, groups and community levels.