OVC Projects (7)

Below is a list of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program's projects.

Expanding the Nkundabana Model to More Rwandan Communities Overview: The Nkundabana Initiative Scale-Up (NISU) Project aims to scale-up the Nkundabana Model so that a larger population of OVC in Rwandans can have access to mentoring and mentors. As a major part of the scale-up initiative, CARE Rwanda seeks to connect local NGOs, through support, training, and guidance, with the communities and those who are mentoring and need mentorship. By guiding NGOs at the beginning, CARE…
Mentoring Youth for Psycho-Social Needs The Nkundabana Initiative for Psycho-social Support (NIPS) was started as a community-based approach to mobilize adult volunteers as mentors to provide guidance and care for children living in child-headed households or without sufficient adult guidance.  NIPS paired OVCs with trained community volunteers who acted as mentors and provided support networks. These volunteers were trained to provide support and facilitate sessions on HIV/AIDS prevention, economic security, emergency assistance, education and vocational…
Community Guidance for Youth One approach to mitigate the risks to orphans, vulnerable children, and youth (OVCY) is the use of mentors. Mentoring programs have been used successfully in the United States to enhance school attendance and achievement, diminsh risk-taking behaviors, and improve psychosocial wellbeing among at-risk youth (Sipe, 2002). Adult mentors have been used in Rwanda among youth-headed households to effectively promote psycho-social well-being.  CARE Rwanda initiated the Nkundabana Initiative for Psycho-social Support (NIPS) project, in…
Breaking Education Barriers Faced by Girls Despite their potential for success, many girls face barriers that inhibt their ability to stay in school and become leaders. Gender-related challenges such as household responsibilities, social norms, and sexual and reproductive health can cause girls to drop out of school.  The Keeping Girls at School (KGAS) Project aims to reduce the number of girls that drop out of secondary school and increase the transition rates girls from lower…
Good Physical, Social, and Cognitive Growth Kuraneza is Kinyarwanda for good physical, social, and cognitive growth. The project contributes to reducing maternal and child mortality in rural Rwanda, where infant and under-five mortality and chronic malnutrition rates remain unacceptably high. CARE Rwanda is implementing this four-year child survival project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and District Social Affairs and Social Development Unit.  The Kuraneza project integrates training and interventions for mothers on key…
Uplifting Un-educated Girls Financial Inclusion for Out-of-School Adolescent Girls (FINAG) is a pilot project being implemented by CARE Rwanda and Girl Hub Rwanda (GHR). The project targets 10,000 out-of-school adolescent girls aged 14-19. The focus on out-of-school girls is because girls are especially likely to drop out of school, and once they do, they face additional risks and vulnerabilities. The project provides girls with financial education and skills, using the Village Savings and Loans (VSL)…
Learning Centers and Home-based Education A quarter of the world’s youngest children suffer one or more forms of severe deprivation and risk, such as poverty, disease, disability and exposure to violence. The government of Rwanda considers Early Childhood Development (ECD) as a priority. It has recently developed an ECD policy and strategic plan. However, the implementation of the policy and the plan to reach all children remains a long way from reality. Therefore, using their Early…