Agape Centre of Hope is not for profit, Non-Governmental, Non Religious & Non-Political organization working in Kenya Nairobi County, Kajiado County, Ngong Sub County and other part of the country. It is being funded by the philanthropists in order to attain its envisaged goal of Rekindle the hurting of the world in the urban and Peri-urban areas of Nairobi County and Kenya as a whole with no limits. ACoH has been created by the efforts of Volunteers purely and actively working for improving and uplifting the people quality of life by developing a support mechanism and voluntary services that can ensure the provision of social guidance to the communities at the approachable level. Today the poverty poses most important development challenge in developing countries like in Kenya, to address this pressing social & economic issue, the participatory development approaches (PAR & PRA) has been selected as effective tools for sustainable and long term development of poorest and marginalized section of society. ACoH has taken the challenge to playing proactive role initiating the supplementing efforts for eradication poverty by increasing livelihood options.ACoH is unique organization established in Ngong town solely for the eradication of street children. Its innovative technique of social mobilization through PRA or PAR enables the poor to accesses, to control or utilize most efficiently the resources at hand. It is represented by the people who are committed to social and economical change of the poor and believe that strengthening and empowerment of the poor is critical to the poverty alleviation, because the powerlessness and poverty are almost synonymous. The pragmatic reality is that the poor lack choice and control over the resources and right to influence their future from the basis of their powerlessness. ACoH development society has a well-experienced implementation team and has at least 18 volunteers. It is successfully achieving arms and objectives of the organization in collaboration/support of different philanthropist.
To Rekindle the Hurting of the World
- Transforming street children and most vulnerable children into a leading dignified and responsible life in the community.
- Transformation of out of school children with an aim of getting them back into the mainstream education.
- To work for uplifting the status of children & women in the society through poverty alleviation & gender development programs and enhancing gender equity by expanding women’s access to justice and women’s human rights.
- To alleviate poverty through empowering poor people and increasing their access to income, opportunities.
- To provide help under health & Nutrition services for women and children.
- To encourage young people through capacity building program to develop a healthier, safer lifestyle.
- To provide help to people suffering from Natural calamities and work for uplifting poor rural/village people for their overall development.
- To propagate the need for tree plantation/pollution control and environmental awareness.
- Diversity, Teamwork and Inclusion: treats all communities with dignity and respect; shows respect and sensitivity towards cultural and religious differences; challenges prejudice, biases and intolerance in the workplace & field; encourages diversity wherever possible. The program recognizes the diverse nature of its stake holders and will thus respect their respective roles in community development through the integration of team work and understanding.
- Integrity: Maintains high ethical standards; takes clear ethical stands; keeps promises; immediately addresses untrustworthy or dishonest behavior; resists political pressure in decision-making; no abuse of power or authority.
- Care: We look for ways to serve the community people with quality, care and respect. We value community people opinion and treat them with courtesy and fairness.
- Environment: We value green initiatives and safety at work place. We always think safety first at work and at home.
- Citizenship: We believe that every citizen should access their basic rights and fulfill their responsibilities with same favor.
- Transparency: Transparency is built on the free clear flow of information.
- Participation: All children and youth, community members and other stakeholders have a voice in decision making, either directly or indirectly or through legitimate intermediate institutions that represent their interest, such board participation is built on freedom of association and speech of association and speech, as well as capacities to participate constructively.
- Consensus Orientation: Good governance mediates differing interests to reach a broad consensus on what is in the best interest of the group and where possible, on policies and procedures.
- Equity: All men and women, children and the youth have an opportunities to improve or maintain their well being.
- Effectiveness and efficiency: Processes and projects produce results that meet needs while making the best use of resources.
- Accountability: The program is accountable to the top management board, children, youth, community and collaborators (donors), both internally and externally.
- Strategic vision: Community leaders and employees have abroad and long term perspective on the good governance and human development, along with sense of what is needed for such development. There is also an understanding of the historic, cultural and social complexities in which that perspective is grounded.
- Continuous learning: Project staff will develop mechanism of understanding external environmental changes and adapting to these changes to realign the staff to remain relevant and responsive.
- Social Policy
- ACoH staff and volunteer workers will not abuse children through either action or neglect.
- ACoH will work in proactive manner to protect children safety from preventable harm.
- ACoH representatives will avoid being placed in compromising or vulnerable positions.
- ACoH representative will always realize that they are always the responsible parties, even if a child behaves inappropriately.
- ACoH representatives will not condone or participate in behavior of children which is illegal, unsafe or abusive.
- ACoH representatives will not themselves in positions where their actions (physical, verbal or otherwise) are offensive, inappropriate, abusive, neglectful or exploitative.
- Child care practitioners promote the health and wellbeing of all children.
- ACoH representatives will ensure that all confidential information is handled appropriately.
- Child care practitioners enable children to participate to their full potential in environments carefully planned to serve individual needs and to facilitate the child’s progress in the social, emotional, physical and cognitive areas of development.
- Child care practitioners demonstrate caring for all children in all aspects of their practice.
- Child care practitioners work in partnership with colleagues and other service providers in the community to support the well-being of children and their families
- Child care practitioners work in ways that enhance human dignity in trusting, caring and co-operative relationships that respect the worth and uniqueness of the individual.
- Child care practitioners pursue, on an ongoing basis, the knowledge, skills and self-awareness needed to be professional competent.
- Child care practitioners demonstrate integrity in all of their professional relationships.
- Human resource Policy
- Professional Ethical Conduct, Practice and performance
- A staff member shall not knowingly engage in deceptive practices regarding official policies and other laws of the country of Kenya
- A staff member shall not knowingly misappropriate, divert, or use monies, personnel, property, or equipment committed to his/her charge for personal gain or advantage.
- A staff member shall not submit fraudulent request for reimursment, expenses, or pay.
- Staff members shall not use institutional or professional privileges for personal or partisan advantage.
- A staff member shall neither accept nor offer gratuities, or favour that impair professional judgment or to obtain special advantage. This standard shall not restrict the acceptance of gifts or tokens offered and accepted openly from students, parents or other persons or organizations recognition or appreciation of service.
- A staff member shall not falsily records, or direct or coerce others to do so.
- A staff member shall comply with state regulation of the health and welfare System and other applicable laws.
- A staff member shall apply for, accept, offer, or assign a position or a responsibility on the basis of his/her professional qualifications.
- Ethical Conduct Towards Professional Colleagues
- A staff member shall not reveal confidential health or personal information concerning colleagues unless disclosure serves lawful professional purposes or is required by law.
- A staff member shall not harm others by knowingly making false statements about a colleague or the school system.
- The management team at MKC shall adhere to laws regarding the hifing,evaluation,and dismissal of the personnel
- A staff member shall not interfere with a colleague’s exercise of political, professional, or citizenship rights and responsibilities.
- A staff member shall not discriminate against or coerce e colleague on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin age, sex, disability, or family status.
- Ethical Conduct Towards Occupation Of( ACoH)
- A staff member shall not reveal confidence information concerning the occupants of (ACoH) unless disclosure serves lawful professional purpose or is required by law.
- A staff member shall not knowingly treat an occupant at (ACoH)in a manner that adversely affects her/him learning, physical health,mentalhealth,orsafety.
- A staff member shall not deliberately or knowingly misrepresent facts regarding an occupant of( ACoH)
- The educator shall not exclude an occupant from participation in a program, deny benefits to an occupant, or grant an advantage to occupant on the basis of race, color sex, disability, nationality origin, or family status.
- A staff member shall not engage in physical mistreatment of an occupant.
- A staff member shall not solicit or engages in sexual conduct or romantic relationship with occupant.
- A staff member shall not furnish alcohol or illegal/unauthorized drugs to any occupant or knowingly allow any occupant to consume alcohol or illegal/unauthorized drugs in his/her presence.
- Disciplinary Procedures Concerning Breech Of Conduct
- The above code of ethics is binding for all activities of the working staff at ACoH .Any proven breech of conduct in regard to one or more of the above ethical standards my result in immediate expulsion from ACoH and termination of the work contract.
ACoH is running the following programs meanwhile without a proper funding donor but generate philanthropy to carry out the programs.
- ACoH Child Protection and Rehabilitation and OVC Care Program
- ACoH Health, Hygiene and Sanitation Program.
- ACoH child Rights Policy and Advocacy Campaign Program.
- ACoH OVC Education Program.
- ACoH Child Counseling and Memory Book Development Program.
- ACoH Capacity Building, Gender development & Sensitization program.
- ACoH Environmental program
- ACoH Voluntary programs
ACoH Child Protection and Rescue and OVC Care Program
The project is aimed at transforming street children and most vulnerable children in the community into a leading dignified and responsible life. The Rescue Project is the flagship of the Children Services Program and is an integral to all other programs at ACoH. It involves processes such as counseling and guidance; temporary shelter; pre-home visit; home visits; school placement; family support; community education; life skills training; networking and collaboration. This project therefore prepares children to become responsible and to take care of one another. The project involves:
- Day street work: to make contact with the children, develop rapport and trust leading to an invitation to the centre.
- Night street work: To meet children who sleep in the street, maintain records of street children.
- Out-reach: to give education talk, medical needs, mobilization done through games, this is for them to behave reasonable.
- Over 16 years street youth: target them with education and medical arrangements and linking them with other like-minded organizations.
- Temporary and permanent shelter: once children are invited to the centre, they are provided with basic needs, education and recreation. Children whose homes and or parents/guardians can be identified stay for only up to a maximum of 3months then reunited with their families. Otherwise they continue staying in the Centre.
- Developing care and case management plan for each child and case load assigned to staff.
- Pre-home visits conducted for each child, actual placement at home and follow up of children taken back home. During this time we work closely with relevant agencies or government department for child stability.
ACoH Child Rights Advocacy & Campaign Program
ACoH ever believe that Advocacy consist of organized efforts, highlighting critical issues that have been ignored or submerged. The project target group is abused children and children affected by abuse from the rural and urban areas of Ngong Sub-County.
Project is guided by the United Nation convention on the rights of the child, African charter for the rights for the welfare of children and the children Act 2001 Kenya. This is a project that promotes the protection of the child rights to the fullest. It facilitates the promotion of social cultural behaviors and practices and that upholds child rights though Advocacy. The project targets the family members who are assisted to promote protection and care for children/youths against any form of abuse. It aims to develop an interaction and understanding with street children, Orphans and vulnerable children. The field worker is expected to develop trust and build rapport before a discussion and invitation to the children to attend the ACoH Rehabilitation Centre. Furthermore, the project works with other agencies, private sector and communities (pro-bono lawyers) to enhance the promotion of child rights.
- Identification of child abuse cases done by staff and community Child rights Actors.
- Community awareness and education on child rights and responsibility conducted by staff, also given is community training and talks.
- Rescue; (remove from immediate harmful environment to temporary shelter) case of extreme abuse.
- Cases of child abuse and neglect are investigated and an intervention recommended by staff.
- Care and case management plan is developed for each child.
- Publication; radio program, calendar, posters and stickers to pass information on child rights and responsibilities to the community.
- Networking and collaboration: cuts across in all projects with like-minded organization and relevant government department, pro-bono lawyers, police, hospitals, referrals, children a legal bazaar and the courts.
ACoH Capacity Building, Gender development & sensitization Program
ACoH believes that capacity building is only sustainable development promotes patriotism, national unity, social equality, responsibility, international consciousness and positive attitudes among the people. So ACoH team has designed session for children, women and men on importance of education, health and reproductive health, maternal & child health, Human Rights, Child Rights, Women Rights, labor, peace, security and communal Harmony, population, justice and law, Right to information, Culture, Social Welfare, Social Entrepreneurship, Importance of cleanliness. Gender equality & the best practices. On daily basis ACoH team will conduct sessions at school for children at community for women & men.
ACoH believes that gender disparity is an injustice, contributes to poverty and is major hindrance to development of Kenya so ACoH has initiated Gender development & sensitization program through this program local people are sensitized by ACoH team through lectures and training sessions. If the mothers are educated, the whole society will progress. Women have always played an important role in the progress of a nation. ACoH team also builds the capacity of women to participate in decision making at all levels.
ACoH Education Program
Education is the corner stone of any successful nation. At the heart of most thriving global economies lies a dynamic educational system which prepares their youth to compete with the best in the world. There is no doubt that prosperity of nations now depends solely on the intellectual quality of its human resource and investing in high quality education is synonymous with investing in the future of a nation. The program is split into the following sub projects: Non-formal Education, Vocational training and school based training.
The project goal is to transform of out of school children (street children) with an aim of getting them back into the mainstream education. The project is targeting children from the peri-urban areas and are out of school, children under temporary shelter (Orphanage)
Project description: this activity is aimed at maintaining the child’s standard of education involves an orientation and thereafter to uplift and help the child to learn how to read and write, and strengthen and develop the child’s spirit towards learning, and recreation. Outreach is part of the project and provides the children with an opportunity to develop their respective talents within a youth development curriculum, as stipulated in the UN Convention on Rights of the Child.
It is core area of positive child through development as well as managing healthy physical development of the child through numerous activities. It involves eight curriculum areas of activities such as Education, Health, and Participation, creative, and Social, Physical, and Spiritual experience. These are undertaken to build and improve youth talents, teamwork and teambuilding, leadership, socialization, physical fitness and also to enhance their skills in income generating activities.
- Community children selected each year, children under temporary shelter to join Non-formal Education (selection done by community committee) selected are children who are out of school, and in difficult circumstances.
- Interview + home visit admission to N.F.E.
- Prepare children for mainstreaming to formal education.
- Teach literacy with an aim of lifting the child academic profile.
- Care and case management plan developed for learner.
- Identify learning difficulties, nature children social activities and talents.
- Linking with schools for mainstreaming to support children academically, socially and emotionally, N.F.E provides admission fee, school uniforms, school bag and school shoes.
ACoH Education Program gives most vulnerable youngsters in Mumias area opportunity to train in job skills as well as prepare them for formal employment and self employment. The training is carried out in collaboration with institution and youth and self help groups. Many vulnerable girls that drop out of school continue to need training to enable them to become self-reliant by earning income and improve their living conditions this necessitates job skills so as to improve living conditions of the families.
Project strategy: This project intends to provide education, job skills, promote entrepreneurship, enhance quality of vocational training and create employment opportunities for young women and men of ages between 15 and 25 years of age in the peri-urban areas of Mumias Sub-County.
This is aimed at contributing towards direct poverty reduction at household level. The project objective is to train youth who are heading households and lack of job skills. These youths will be equipped with skills that would help them adapt to the rapidly changing market conditions to avoid future job loss. We have also developed proactive, innovative approaches to create jobs to the youths as well as rejuvenate self-help initiatives not just to create employment, but create employment of sufficient quality to lift youths out of poverty in sustainable way.
The project also undertakes capacity building for the youths in addressing HIV and AIDS issues in community. We work with relevant agencies in the community for sustainability and community ownership as well as establish linkages and networks to maximize the use of locally available resources.
Training to be offered include garment making, tailoring and dressmaking, cookery, carpentry and joinery, building and construction, computer training, entrepreneurship, sewing and knitting machines repair.
The training program: It is divided into three parts: Self-development; Mastering a trade, and entrepreneurship.
For the sake of the personal development of the students they are taught subjects like language, sexuality education, guidance and counseling, computer training as well as sports, theatre, music and dance. All this raise the esteem and confidence levels of the youngsters during their training.
For mastering a trade we follow the respective government syllabus. We had the following occupation in view: Tailors, dress makers, designers, carpenters, maintaince persons, building and construction work, sign writers, artists, most of the training take one year after which the youths sit for Government Trade Test and get government certificates. Entrepreneurship is an important element of our training.
ACoH Youth Counseling Program
Mumias youth is devoid of an IDEAL to follow whereas we know that almost half of the population falls under the age of twenty. They are lost in search of an individual whose line if followed will take them success. One more dilemma is that the youth even being very energetic and talented does not get chance to display their inner talent.
In short the young generation lacks clear guidance, vision, leadership, education, monetary support and clear path. Having analyzed this ACoH has started Career Counseling program through which hundreds of youth will be trained and counseled by renowned personalities so that youth make peaceful and prosperous Kenya.
ACoH Health, Hygiene and Sanitation
The program offers essential health services in the communities more importantly the informal settlements of Ngong town. The project is aimed at empowerment of community Health Actors to address health care needs. The project is sub divided into the following portfolios:
Child Counseling Project: The project goal is to provide holistic psychosocial support for the street children, Orphans and vulnerable children affected and infected with HIV/AIDS in communities and schools within Mumias Sub County.
Men VCT project: Provide Voluntary Counseling and Testing of HIV/AIDS targeting men. The project intends to:
- Encourage men to go for testing.
- Encourage men to use ARVs after testing positive.
- Encourage men to engage in save sexual practices.
- Offer counseling to those men found positive.
VCT Project for the deaf: provide specialized Voluntary Counseling and Testing of HIV/AIDS to the deaf. The project intends to reach the deaf community in a professional way that does not violet patient Doctor Privacy. The project will use the Facilitators that can sign in order to avoid a third person being involved to translate. This will encourage them to attend the VCT sessions and improve self-awareness.
VCT for all: promote behavior change that reduces further transmission of HIV/AIDS through:
- Conduct public HIV/AIDS education in institutions, schools and community using theatre for development, drama and video shows on reproductive health, life skills, HIV/AIDS awareness, nutrition and environmental health and sanitation.
- Community mobilization and awareness using other folk media.
- Supporting the establishment of health clubs in schools, peers groups and follow up of clubs.
- Regular input to clubs giving HIV/AIDS education.
- Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) including mobile VCT and static (Innovative ways to reach vulnerable groups e.g. commercial sex workers, youths and women which is essential for future VCT services.
- VCT services to alcoholics and drug users.
- Training on behavior change communication, life skills, peer counseling, theatre for development, group dynamics training of peer educators (children, youths and people living with HIVAIDS), entrepreneurship.
- Addiction counseling.
- HIV/AIDS risk reduction to alcoholics and drug users.
- Referral to relevant service providers.
Jiggers Eradication Campaign Project: The project targets all rural primary schools within Mumias Sub-County and families affected by the jigger’s menace. The project goal is to have a totally jigger free community through both preventative and curative measures.
Environment Awareness Campaign: The project is tasked with regular environmental cleanup services, tree planting initiatives, community empowerment through urban agriculture, poultry farming, recycling of resources to curb wastage and harmful disposals. Also improving coverage and access to better services (community and household levels), including but not limited to water, sanitation solid waste management, Drainages and hygiene education and promotion.
Patient Support Project: Offering comprehensive and compassionate HIV services to HIV infected families through:
- Home visits: The project has volunteers who identify clients in the homes by the help of community members, family members, community leaders and church leaders. They receive referrals from the hospitals and support centre. Daily home visit are conducted to assess the needs of the clients, offer care and advice and refer them to necessary institutions. The nurse carries out home visits too and gives treatment to the clients found with opportunistic infection, psychological support, social support, adherence support are given during the visit.
- Community mobilization: The home Based care workers and nurse educate the community on the importance of home based care, prevention of HIV/AIDS importance of VCT and PITC, importance of early hospital care during different forums to include chiefs Barazas, Church gatherings and other social gatherings:
- Involvement of the whole family in care: During visits parents are encouraged to take their children for testing so that these children are not left without care. Those who turned positive are referred to start care early:
- Referral and networking: referrals are made to ACoH projects like nutrition, clinical service, PSC, child counseling for care or we refer them to other Hospital and Organizations, support groups where they can receive the care that we can provide.
- Psychosocial counseling: Clients have other social issues that affect their life these poverty, ignorance, stigma and discrimination, disclosure issues, cultural and religion issues that needs re-assurance and counseling for them to comply with care.
- Economic empowerment: For the clients who have lost their job they are trained on entrepreneurship skills and small capital given to them to start up small businesses so that they can coup with life and get back to their previous states of life.
- Training: Trainings are carried out to the community members in skills of home based care and refresher training on different topics to train home based care workers to sharpen their skills. Caregivers are trained on entrepreneurship skills.
- 12 children supported at home in day primary schools in Nyanza and Western provinces.
- 3 in secondary day schools.
- Two youths enrolled for vocational training and completed successfully.
- 20 cases of child abuse handled 10 cases rescued and offered temporary shelter.
- 10 linked to legal services providers with 12 cases of children being picked actively pro-bono lawyers.
- 2 children meeting held with over 500 children sharing on issues that affect them.
- Children legal bazaar held participation of over 1000 children from various schools.
Together with ACoH;
- Let’s educate our children.
- Let’s respect our women and promote girls education.
- All human beings are equal with equal rights.
- Importance of cleanliness.
- Reproductive health.
- Children, Women and Women Human Rights.
- Let’s Plant and Make Green Kenya.
- Maternal and Child Health.
- Let’s vaccinate our children.
We work to mobilize people and their children on above mention areas; we do all we can to keep them and their children alive, educate and healthy in the society.