ARFH LFC PROJECT

THE LINKS FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM


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Links for Children is a five-year project targeting three states of Nigeria (Kaduna, Bauchi, and Katsina), aiming to expand access to care and support for 11,950 vulnerable children (VC). This will be achieved by working with local community groups, "Child Welfare Committees" (CWCs), and with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including: the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Nigerian Red Cross (NRCS), Jama'tul Nasril Islam (JNI), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), NEPWHAN (Network of Persons with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria) and AONN (Association of OVC NGOs in Nigeria).

 

The goal of the Links for children project is to expand access to care and support for children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS using a proven community-based approach, while building the capacity of indigenous organizations to enable children and families to continue accessing such services in an effective and sustainable manner.

 

The project has three main objectives, which are related to capacity building, provision of care and support and creating enabling environment. With regard to the first objective, Save the Children works in partnership with ARFH to enhance the capacity of Nigerian CSOs so that they acquire the required skill to design, implement and manage programs addressing the needs of vulnerable children.

 

The second objective of the project focuses on the provision of quality, comprehensive and compassionate care to 11,950 VC. Accordingly, Save the Children and its implementing partners including the community based Child Welfare Committee are providing a range of services such as psychosocial, educational, health care, food and nutrition, shelter and care and activities to strengthen the VC household economy.

 

The third objective of the project focuses on strengthening policies, strategies, and action plans for care and protection of orphans and vulnerable children at sub-national levels. This comprises activities and interventions aimed at influencing Government action at the State level in Bauchi, Kaduna, and Katsina to move forward in, adapting the National VC Plan into specific implementation and service delivery plans, and release of funds for implementation. Activities include trainings/orientations, meetings, and field visits with selected communities/CWCs. It also includes collaborating closely with the local government agencies in referrals, reporting, and involvement in project activities deemed relevant.

 

The project is working collaboratively with the LFC project partnership as well as through linkages created with other initiatives. As at March 2013, the project provided additional and ongoing services to enrolled beneficiaries and also initiated services for new beneficiaries. A total of 3,818 children (1889 male and 1929 female) received a minimum of one service across the project states, in the seven service areas of the project. While a total of 13,284 children (6,534 male and 6,750 female) are currently enrolled in the program.

 

Key Achievements under the LFC Project in Kaduna

 

Some key achievements under the LFC Project includes construction of (2) borehole in Kaduna respectively, one (1) block of two school classrooms built and eight ( 8) pit latrines completed in the state with tables and desks for pupils. The construction of these projects was made possible with the fund from HSBC which is complimenting the LFC project.

 

This gesture by LFC/HSBC is a laudable, and has created a great impact in the schools and the communities at large. All the schools have been singing praises of the LFC project and are quite appreciative and have also promised to maintain the structures put in place so as to enable the children and others that will come after them to benefit from it. The schools also stated that it is a great step up in the learning environment which will greatly enhance learning and performance of the children.

 


Borehole Constructed in LEA Primary School U/Barde community with about 575 children (250 boys, 325 girls) directly benefitting from it.

 


Another Borehole constructed in LEA Model Primary School Kawo community with about 2100 (1236 boys, 1166 girls) directly benefitting from it.

 


60 School furniture constructed and donated to LEA Primary School U/Barde community with over 120 children to directly benefit from it.

 


A block of Classroom constructed in LEA Mashi Gwari Rigasa community with about 120 children directly benefitting from it thereby having an effect indirectly on over 2000 children (making learning environment more conducive for the children).

 


Pit Latrine constructed in LEA Primary School U/Barde community. About 575 children (250 boys, 325 girls) directly benefitting from it.

 


Pit Latrine constructed in LEA Model Primary School Kawo community. About 2100 children (954 boys, 1146 girls) directly benefitting from it.

 


60 School furniture also constructed and donated to LEA Model Primary School Kawo community with over 120 children directly benefitting from it.

 

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