USAID LOPIN I Project
Local Partners for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (LOPIN 1):
The LOPIN 1 Project is a 5 years (August 2014 to August 2019) USAID funded project aimed at mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS and other forms of vulnerability on children and their households. LOPIN is an accelerated and sustainable approach to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and caregivers. It is designed to model inclusiveness in programming for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in selected states in the country in accordance with the National Priority Agenda.
A critical component of the project is at the community level, where CBOs and CPCs have key roles in identifying and enrolling OVCs and vulnerable households and linking OVCs to services in health, education, nutrition and psychosocial support services. CBOs, with the support of the LGAs are also expected to guide the communities in Household economic empowering activities and to provide oversight for other activities in the communities, reporting accordingly to the LGA Social Welfare Officer, who in turn report to the State Desk officers in the State Ministries of Women Affairs. CBOs will be provided grants to conduct these critical interventions. Another innovation of the project is the secondment of ARFH LOPIN staff (State Programme Coordinators and State M&E Officers) to the State Ministry of Women Affairs to provide coaching, mentorship and hand holding in service provision as well as in the collection, validation of data. The project will also focus on strengthening stakeholders’ capacity to provide services as well as Public Private Partnership involvement.
The programme is currently being implemented in Lagos, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States