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Summaries of HUNGER PROJECTS in Africa
Working with LWR Partners

KenyaInstitutional Capacity Building for Advancement of Childrens Rights.

Partners: LWR and Peace Humanitarian Christian Center International (PEHUCCI)

Nairobi, a city with 2.5 million people, suffers from the ills associated with rapid urbanization, poverty and AIDS. Sixty percent of the population in the city live in informal settlements or slums with inadequate or no supply of food, water, health facilities and social amenities. In a country where there is no state welfare system or an adequate legal protection mechanism put in place, children are at a disadvantage and most vulnerable. In 1997, an estimated 60,000 street children lived in Nairobi. This number increases by 10 percent each year. These children are trapped in a vicious cycle of drug abuse, illiteracy, unemployment and poverty. The few government facilities are over-stretched and have limited capacity to help the overwhelming number of destitute children..

GOAL: PEHUCCI is a registered faith-based national NGO serving the slum settlement around the Nairobi Sewage and Treatment Plant of Embakasi. Some of the strategic objectives of the Center include the provision of basic needs to disadvantaged children and training in functional skills such as small scale vegetable production and livestock farming, Christian spiritual teaching, guidance and counseling; with the goal of facilitating the gradual integration of these children in the social and economic system.

This project will allow PEHUCCI to develop its institutional capacity to meet some of the basic rights of disadvantaged children like formal primary education, vocational training, food and shelter.

LWR will collaborate with an institutional development expert to put in place a long-term strategic and sustainability plan, management policies, administrative and financial systems, and the progressive integration of a rights based approach into the activities of PEHUCCI.

OBJECTIVES: LWRs partner, PEHUCCI, will:

" Serve 750 pupils including 70 orphans and a total of 1,045 people directly or indirectly at the Center.

" Will have improved physical facilities at the Center (clean water, biogas systems, refurbished sanitation facilities, kitchen, classrooms and resource center).

" Will achieve 50 percent improvement in literacy and vocational skills performance of students at the Center.

" Will meet 60 percent of its vegetable and milk requirement by the end of the first year.

" PEHUCCI will be able to meet 30 percent of its operational costs at the end of the second year, increasing to 60 percent at the end of the project term.

" Strategic and operational plans will be executed through a revised constitution and newly elected board.

" The Center will start to effectively lobby the government for childrens rights.

Total Project Support: $154,315 through 2005.

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