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Summaries of HUNGER PROJECTS in Africa
Working with LWR Partners

Kenya—Institutional Capacity Building for Advancement of Children’s Rights

Partners: LWR and the 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. 60 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 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: To 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: LWR’s partner, PEHUCI will reach 750 pupils including 70 orphans and a total of 1,045 people directly or indirectly. PEHUCI will:
Improve organizational capacity

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PEHUCCI will have improved physical facilities (clean water, biogas system, refurbished sanitation facilities, kitchen, classrooms, resource center).

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

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

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The Center will achieve 50% improvement in literacy and vocational skills performance.

" The Center will meet 60% of its vegetable and milk requirement by the end of the first year.

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The Center will have started to effectively lobby the government for children’s rights.

Approved Project Support: $74,051

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