NEWS

HOUSEHOLD ECONOMIC STRENTHENING (WORTH GROUP)

Umliba Loya Embili project targets both caregivers and adolescent OVCs. The caregivers are facilitated to form WORTH groups where they make groups and individual savings to enhance their capacity to meet family basic needs. The caregivers are equipped with savings and entrepreneurial skills in order to strengthen household economy.

HOUSEHOLD ECONOMIC STRENTHENING (WORTH GROUP)

Umliba Loya Embili project targets both caregivers and adolescent OVCs. The caregivers are facilitated to form WORTH groups where they make groups and individual savings to enhance their capacity to meet family basic needs. The caregivers are equipped with savings and entrepreneurial skills in order to strengthen household economy.

WORTH group session in Mtsambama

EDUCATION-OVC IMPACT MITIGATION

Umliba Loya Embili project supports OVC adolescents by providing educational support; school fees, school uniforms and stationery depending on the need of the child. Those who were forced out of school due to certain reasons are re-enrolled back to school. Out of school adolescents and young women between 20 – 24 are supported to join vocational skills training colleges to boost their employment opportunities and self-employment through ownership of small businesses.

PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT

Adolescents are facilitated to form support groups; Teen clubs for ALHIV, teen camps through which they get a supportive environment where they share experiences from their peers and receive psychosocial support. They share experiences in negotiating safe sex, menstruation challenges, relationships, sex and sexuality, status disclosure and ART adherence. Home visits and care plan development are done by Home Visitors to each and every adolescent’s household to assess the individual adolescent needs; HIV prevention, counselling, treatment literacy and ART adherence, sexual and reproductive health rights, child rights and child protection, referral system for medical assistance.

HEALTH HIV PREVENTION (ADOLESCENT GIRLS CLUB)

After school adolescent girls club and community based adolescents club. Adolescent girls between the age of 10 to 19 in school, 15 t0 19 out of school are facilitated to form clubs and go through Stepping Stone Curriculum. The adolescents take lessons on HTC, SRH, access and use of contraceptives, condom usage, delaying sexual debut, menstrual cycle management, HIV prevention career choices, assertiveness, decision making, leadership, rights of women and girls and advocacy against GBV.

Community based adolescent girls club in Mpolonjeni during one of their sessions

After school adolescent girls club session in Mpolonjeni High School

PROTECTION AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Advocacy on children’s right and protection against abuse. Adolescents are screened for depression, sexual and gender based violence (GBV) during routine field visits and referrals for services to recommended institutions are made. Care giver, teachers and community leaders are sensitized on the effect of GBV and how they can be engaged in the fight against GBV. They are trained on human rights, Child Protection and Welfare Act of 2012.

ONE WEEK OVC IMPACT MITIGATION TRAINING REPORT

On 29th May 2016 to 2nd June 2016 there was a training for OVC impact mitigation Field Officers and Home Visitors from Mtsambama, Mpolonjeni and Ngwempisi Tinkhundla under the Umliba Loya Embili Project. The training was to equip the OVC Field Officers and Home Visitors especially, those from Ngwempisi Inkhundla who have just started implementing the project; enrolment assessment exercise has taken place and the next step is to implement the project based on the results found from the enrolment exercise. The Home Visitors were awarded certificates after the even.

Participants taking a group photo after the training; holding their certificates