LOGOS ORPHAN AND WIDOW AID PROJECT PROPOSAL FOR THE KIBERA, KWARE, AND TASSIA SLUMS IN KENYA

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By Chairman Michael Otieno Orieny

BRIEF BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Logos Orphan And Widow Aid is a voluntary Community Based Organization in Homa-bay district and registered under the Ministry of Culture and Social Services with registration number SH:00003/317. It serves the HIV/AIDS victims being prayed for in order to obtain perfect healing (We believe on divine healing from the Lord Jesus Christ), street/abandoned children, widows and orphans in the communities living in Nyanza, Western and Nairobi.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to provide the widows , people living with HIV/AIDS as they are being prayed for, street /abandoned children and orphans of Kenya with the assistance to live a life that is decent and filled with the necessities of life and also to empower them by providing skills and knowledge that are necessary to negotiate support to maintain self reliance. We are very dedicated to making sure the needs of the widows, people living with HIV/AIDS, street/abandoned children, and orphans that come to our organization for assistance can be met at Community level.

OUR VISION

Our vision is to improve the well being of widows, street/abandoned children and orphans to enable them live normal and dignified life. The Logos community through a women group and Youth association started a self – help informal school {humanity centre} which opened its doors some years back with 10 children in the KIBERA SLUMS IN KENYA. It was started from pre-school to Primary, solidly for the street children, needy/poor and orphans. The idea of starting humanity centre was born after having gone through some good Christian seminars within the district. The organization started its operation in KIBERA SLUMS before shifting to KWARE Slums and finally to TASSIA Slums next to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport {Embakasi in Nairobi Kenya}. This was because of the economic status of the community in KWARE and TASSIA,  and the number of orphans and street children. The Chairman Mr. Michael Orieny, Secretary Mrs. Jacqueline Awino and the Treasurer Mrs. Ludia Apiyo teamed up with the current headmaster and founded what stands today as the Logos Orphan and Widow Aid. The Community is grateful for their relentless support they have offered. We have eight teachers who work as volunteers. The group together with the chairman have been lobbying for funds for the project’s sustenance to date. Most of the new children {orphans and newly rehabilitated street children} do not have even their school uniforms yet, thus still rely on their old tattered clothes they used to wear on the streets. Most children in KENYA are beaten or sexually abused by parents, ravaged beyond their years by hard living conditions, drug abuse, life on the street, war, and stricken with A.I.D.S. These are common struggles against diseases and poverty. It is in pursuit of human and universal responsibility that our Vision to Establish the above mentioned LOGOS ORPHAN AND WIDOW AID is now hereby highlighting the plight of the Kenyans living in hard conditions within the SLUMS AND RURAL AREAS.

OUR GOAL

Our goal is to restore hope among Orphans, HIV/AIDS victims, Street/abandoned children and Widows.

OUR OBJECTIVES

Our main objectives are
1) To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ regarding our faith in Logos Apostolic Church of God,
2)
To improve the physical well being- the psychological stability of the young people, people living with HIV/AIDS, widows, street/abandoned children and orphans.
3)
To continue to support their basic needs.

THE PROBLEM STATEMENT

Due to HIV/AIDS pandemic, many women have been left widows with several orphans to feed for themselves with no or meagre resources to survive on with no support from immediate family. Widows are left helpless and orphans drop out of school. Older women (grandparents) are left with many orphans (grand children) to feed single handed. This has affected the moral, social, academic, economical and physical well being of the survivors causing bitter suffering. Depression, helplessness and poverty are the end result of this situation which is growing at an alarming rate.

ACTIVITIES

1. Logos Orphan And Widow Aid’s activities are to provide material, psycho-social, academic, economic support to widows, people living with Aids, street/abandoned children and orphans.
2. Establish a support for Income Generating Activities (IGAs) boost for the widows taking care of orphans and older orphans taking care of their siblings.
3. Support orphans with fees where applicable.
4. Provision vocational training like Computer, Tailoring and Carpentry where necessary.
5. Crop Farming and Cattle keeping.

THE LOGOS ORPHAN AND WIDOW AID’S PROGRAMMES

It is in three categories being:
1)
Community orphans, street/abandoned children and widows.
2) Institutionalized (Primary School).
3) Sponsorship towards the local self help training.
These three categories have varied felt needs.

The activities in this programme include
- On going primary school for the project.
- Helping mature orphans to achieve self-reliance through vocational training, peer guidance and counselling.
- Monthly meetings for orphans from the instituted community groups.
- Community sensitization for behavioural change.
- Capacity building for the orphaned youths on childcare and IGA management.
- Vocational training and basic education sponsorships.
- Visit individual orphans’ project with a view of promoting them.
- Organizing conferences, picnics, retreats, rallies and other activities that would build the orphans spiritually and positively.

OUR APPEAL

Now that the number of orphans left behind surpasses all community support and sometimes are left completely with no adult support or with very old grandparents who are not able to meet their needs. A number of them have been forced to move to the streets to be able to survive and also to support their siblings.

This scourge has also left many children of the school going age not to be able to go to school because of lack of fees or have taken the parental roles. The need for counselling, education, spiritual and social empowerment is among the greatest needs here.

The Logos Orphan And Widow Aid encourages improvement of economic, academic and health status of these orphans through education and initiation of income generating activities (IGAs), establishment of a revolving loaning scheme programme for those who are already engaged in small scale businesses for sustainability purposes.
N/B:-Logos Orphan And Widow Aid is not able to meet the needs of the organization as at the moment due to the recent post election violence here in Kenya and is now making a special appeal for financial support.

CONTACT PERSON
Michael Otieno Orieny

ADDRESS:
Logos Orphan And Widow Aid P.O. BOX 11221-00400
Nairobi – Kenya

Phone +254 (020)2011719
Cell: +254 726 089 287
E-mail: lorphanwidowaid@gmail.com

BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS FOR THE PROJECT.

BANK NAME:CO-OPERATIVE BANK OF KENYA
ACCOUNT NAME:LOGOS ORPHAN AND WIDOW AID
ACCOUNT NUMBER:0110048379200
BRANCH:HOMA BAY
SWIFT CODE:KCOOKENA

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We thank you most sincerely for any donations that you give. May God reward you richly.

"Blessed is he who considers the poor; the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth;
you will not deliver him to the will of his enemies."
Psalm 41:1-2

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