Kilifi Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project

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Author(s): Hoffman A, Thurman TR, Chatterji M, Brown L

Year: 2007


An estimated 12 million children aged 17 or younger have lost one or both parents to AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa (UNICEF, 2006a). Despite the recognition of the magnitude and negative consequences of this problem, there is little evidence on “what works” to improve the well-being of children affected by HIV and AIDS. In an attempt to fill this knowledge gap, MEASURE Evaluation is conducting targeted evaluations of five orphans -and-vulnerable-children (OVC) programs in five unique settings — two in Kenya and three in Tanzania. Case studies are the first phase of MEASURE Evaluation’s targeted evaluations and begin the process of information sharing on lessons learned in OVC programming. Additional evaluation activities under the MEASURE Evaluation targeted evaluation activity include an impact assessment and costing activity of each of the five selected programs. This case study was conducted to impart a thorough understanding of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) OVC program model in Kenya and to document lessons learned that could be applied to other OVC initiatives. This case study is based upon a program document review; program site visits, including discussions with local staff, volunteers, beneficiaries and community members; as well as observations of program activities. The primary audience for this case study includes OVC program implementers in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa, as well as relevant policy makers and funding agencies addressing OVC needs.

Filed under: Monitoring, Evaluation , Orphans and Vulnerable Children , HIV/AIDS , Kenya , Child Health