Integrated Community Empowerment Project

The Project to support the Foster Families, Youth and Women with economic activities in order to build their economy in a changing climate.

The family supported must have two or more children in addition to their own (biological) children. The IOP Foster Family Project started in 2003 in effort to encourage local families to take in orphaned children. The program supported over 500 children living in over 200 families within the project area.

The Foster Family Program is in need of more supporters and partners to continue with providing material support to families in the form of mosquito nets, food vouchers, school fees and bedding. This is very important in order to reduce the burden faced by the foster parents (most of them are above 60years) in raising the orphans. It is equally important that families are supported to lift up their economy by initiating Income Generating Activities like avocado farming, poultry, veggie and other related sustainable projects. Any person willing to support one or more families, is highly welcome to contact us. 

The project is supported by Norwegian Church Aid. IOP has received over 480,000US$ to provide different services to the households having Foster Children and Community Members who are economically vulnerable in order to empower them. 

It has trained the community on different things including Environmental Protection, Hygiene, Parenting, Public Resources expenditures tracking, Village Community Banks and Income Generating Activities like fruit growing and veggie gardens which use drip irrigation.

The Norwegian Church Aid(NCA), who has supported the project since its commencement, has continue to play a major role in designing the programs which aim at transforming the lives of the communities through innovative activities. In the 2020-2024 Country Strategy, among others, NCA, will focus on Climate Smart Economic Empowerment. This thematic area will ensure that Communities become lifted out of poverty and are ensured with food security in a changing climate. Youth and Women will be prioritized to ensure that they own the economy through access to agricultural information, quality agricultural inputs and that they sell their products to the known and reliable markets. 

 

One of the project's beneficiaries