Hope Restoration Centre was registered in May 2011 with the government of Kenya as a Community Based Organization(CBO). In June 2014 we upgraded our registration status and re-registered our organization as an NGO under the name of 'Kisumu Hope Restoration Programme' with the NGO Coordination Board of Kenya. At our Centre/school we give our beneficiaries time, affection, attention, love and most importantly we provide our children with friendly home atmosphere to help them overcome self internalized social stigma, discrimination and self pity. At the end of our life transformation process in our school, we envision our children to build self esteem, gain self confidence, become proactive in all they should be doing, being assertive, healthy and full of confidence for their future.
Our Vision: A society where every child receives the support he/she needs to develop his/her full potential irrespective of his/her origin.
Our Mission: To transform the lives of our beneficiaries through provision of quality Basic Education and other life changing activities at our Albert Schweitzer School so that they can be able to face challenges in life with hope and confidence for their future and eventually become responsible members of their communities.
Our objectives: - To become a life transformation school for children who are infected/affected by HIV/AIDS that will empower them to become responsible citizens of their communities.
- To empower children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS to realize their self worth through imaginative and creativity thinking activities like personal story telling, songs and dances, theatre plays,video coverage and film making.
- To insure every child a good life and is able to live to their full potential by facilitating necessary health referrals and attend school.
Our main Objective: - To promote human rights, access to education, health and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS among orphaned children in Kenya.
Our Specific Objectives:- To help advocate for protection of human rights among our target group through awareness and advocacy.
- To help our beneficiaries get access to quality Basic Education through provision of formal education at our Albert Schweitzer School.
- To mitigate HIV/AIDS prevalence through awareness campaigns, home visits PLWHA, counseling, encouraging drug adherence among positives.
Our target group: HIV/AIDS affected/infected children in South West Seme Location, Seme Sub County, Kisumu County.
Our Core Values:
- · Accountability
- · Empathy
- · Honesty
Kenya has a population of approximately 44 million people. As a developing nation, one of the leading challenges to our country's socio-economic well being is the spread of HIV. According to the latest HIV prevalence statistics released by the Kenya National AIDS & STI Control Program (NASCOP) on 1st August, 2016, Kenya is the 4th most HIV/AIDS affected nation in the world with a prevalence rate is at 6.3% nationally. According to UNICEF, the prevalence rate is at 7.4% nationally. Among the 8 Provinces in Kenya, Nyanza Province is leading at 15.1% followed by Nairobi at 9%. According to the Government's statistics, Kisumu County where we are situated is the 2nd mosty affected county in HIV prevalence(12500 new infections in 2013) in the country after Homa Bay County. The scourge has led to massive pools of orphans and vulnerable children in our communities who need our urgent attention.
Without the guidance, structure, and support that families can provide, the orphaned children are suffering from various social problems.
Most of them live with their old grandparents who in most cases are less productive to provide their basic needs.
This expose them to a host of problems like getting involved in child labor to get food, high school dropout/truancy, depression, anxiety, anger, hopelessness, loss of self esteem and lack of self confidence to talk openly about their problems. While the society are willing to help, most members are non responsive to the plight of this target group since they are very poor and cannot provide beyond their personal households (63% living below a budget of $1 a day).This basically leaves this target group in a very desperate situation and in dear need for our support.
Organizations such as Plan International has been giving infrastructure support to schools in our region to make learning better for children, Walter Reed Project has been carrying out research on malaria and also giving support to orphans and vulnerable children through community psychosocial support, Amref has been carrying out HIV prevention awareness campaigns and encouraging people to go for Voluntary Counseling and Testing, Terre Des homes of Netherlands has been giving basic needs to children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.
Kisumu Hope Restoration Programme, has been providing quality Basic Education since January 2016. At our school we provide our children with breakfast and lunch food, school uniforms to the very needy, counseling, making referrals for the sick, and making home visits to check progress of our beneficiaries. Apart from the material provisions being given out to our target group by the other organizations working in the same catchment area, we believe our target group need to be shown love and attention and be helped to come out of their stigmatized conditions through personal touch on their lives. We do this by involving them in imaginative and creativity driven activities like drama, personal life stories, songs and dances, drawing and painting,photography, video coverage and editing, film making and theatre plays. By getting involved in our programed activities, our children build self esteem and self confidence and are able to have hope in their future lives which is seemingly missing out now!
Our current project activities:
- Nutritious food provision for our children.
- Continuing to carry out life transformation activities at our Centre/school.
- Providing health access for our sick children through referrals.
- Educating our children on the importance of nutrition, ARVs and HIV prevention.
- Providing school fees and other school requirements for our older children.