What the OVC Program Does

What the OVC Program Does

CARE Rwanda's OVC Program is centered around a theory of change. The theory of change consists of a strategic goal, three domains of change divided into a number of pathways. Achieving a strategic goal is a long-term process of change, affecting many dimensions of life.

Strategic goal & theory of change

 In CARE International's definition, a program's strategic goal is "a 10 to 15 year ambition, specifying the kind of enduring impact we would like to see achieved in the lives of the impact population group, at broad scale." Based on the analysis of the poverty and vulnerability situation of OVC in Rwanda, the strategic goal that CARE Rwanda strives to achieve, together with its partners and allies, is that by 2025, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) under 18 will enjoy their human rights and live in dignity. 

Models for programming

CARE Rwanda's OVC program is built on a number of strong, well-tested models. These models consist of NkundabanaEarly Childhood DevelopmentVillage and Savings Loans, and Community Score Card which have been developed and refined based on past experience of CARE Rwanda and others, as well as theoretical research. They have proven to bring about a positive impact on the lives of orphans and vulnerable children.

CARE Rwanda is committed to scale-up these models with local partners and the Government of Rwanda. This is a careful, step-by-step process, during and after which CARE continues to contribute to their continuous improvement. In addition, we are engaged in innovative initiatives to develop new models.