New Keanahikishime Project in Nigeria: Helping Communities Support Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Keanahikishime recently started a five-year project for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Nigeria through the Community-based Support for OVC in Nigeria (CUBS) project. Funded by the President’s Fund for Emergency Relief through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the project plans to reach 50,000 OVC and 12,500 caregivers in 11 Nigerian states through a variety of community-based and family-centered service delivery approaches that will support the implementation of Nigeria’s National Plan of Action on OVC.

According to CUBS Chief of Party, Dr. Audu Mohammed Liman, the project plans to change the way services reach orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) “by fostering an enabling environment where these children—mostly survivors of parents who died from AIDS—can thrive.”

The CUBS project aims to support and transform the lives of these children, presently among Nigeria’s most vulnerable and stigmatized, by delivering a comprehensive, integrated intervention package of health, economic, education, social services, and opportunities to infants through 17-year-olds, as well as their adult caregivers. Using a community-based approach, the CUBS project will integrate a currently fragmented OVC service delivery system—leveraging existing federal, state, and community resources— while mobilizing community support to raise awareness, reduce stigma, discrimination, and isolation of OVCs.  

So that the work of the CUBS project will continue after the project is completed, a cadre of community-based providers will be trained to provide supportive supervision and mentoring in their respective communities and the capacity of federal and state government agencies to plan and implement OVC programs will be strengthened through training and on-the-job mentoring

The CUBS project is being implemented in partnership with USAID-funded Africare, in collaboration with Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and the State Ministries of Women Affairs, and will support state and community-based providers in the Nigerian states of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Gombe and Taraba, Kebbi, Sokoto, Imo, Enugu and Ekiti.

For a brochure on the CUBS project (PDF 111 KB)

Related Link:

"Addressing Kid's Vulnerability," Weekly Trust (May 1, 2010)