THE CASH TRANSFER FOR ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN (CT-OVC) PROGRAMME

William Omondi

The Cash Transfers for orphans and Vulnerable Children (CT-OVC) programme is a government initiative that gives support to households taking care of orphans and vulnerable children with regular and predictable monthly cash payments payable after every two months.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

For households to qualify for selection as beneficiaries they must:
1. Be taking care of orphans and /or other vulnerable children
2. Not be having a caregiver, who is formally employed, or receiving financial assistance equal to or more than KSH. 2,000/= per month
3. Be extremely poor

RIGHTS ON BENFICIARY HOUSEHOLDS

Eligible households that have been selected and enrolled into the Programme have a right to:
1. A monthly payment of Ksh. 2,000/= payable after every two months, payable after every two months, (Ksh. 4,000) subject to the availability of funds and your continued stay in the program as a beneficiary.
2. Free Payments from the PSP without giving anything or giving any favors.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CAREGIVER

1. As a caregiver it is your duty to ensure that you:
2. Collect household payments within the payment period. You will be informed in advance the payment dates.
3. Provide regular updates to your Beneficiary Welfare Committee member in your area about your household members whenever there is a baby born, marriage into or outside the households, death of a member of the household, change of school attended by benefiting children or change of hospital where your children go for immunization.
4. Take care of your Program ID Card, Payment card and the National Card. Losing any of these documents will result in you missing your payments until they are replaced.
5. Make sure all children living in your household aged 4 – 17 years are enrolled in primary school and attend school regularly.
6. Ensure you take all children in household aged 0 – 1 years to health clinics immunization, and those children aged 1 – 5 for vitamin A administration and growth monitoring.
7. Ensure you acquire a National ID card within 6 months of enrolling in the programme if you do not already have one.
8. Carry and produce both programme ID, Payment Card and the National ID card when you go to collect payments.
9. Ensure all children under your care are provided with basic necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter and are taken to a healthy facility for proper health care when sick.
10. Protect all children under your care from all forms of abuse such as exploitative labour, disinheritance, sexual exploitation and/or neglect.
11. Report any cases of child abuse to the local Chief or District Children’s Officer (DCO).
12. Report anyone asking for money or any other favors in exchange for programme benefits.
13. To appoint alternative care giver who will collect money in the event that you are not able to do so.

HOUSEHOLD EXIT FROM THE PROGRAMME

1. You cannot be removed from the programme unless:
2. You nolonger take care of an orphan or vulnerable child under the age of 18,
3. You fail to collect the payments for three consecutive payment periods,
4. You move to a new geographical location not covered by the programme
5. You are found to have provided false information to CT-OVC programme
6. You decide to leave the programme on your own

COMMUNICATING PROGRAM CONCERNS

You should not give anyone favors to continue in the Program.

For any complaints, compliments or suggestions on the OC-OVC programme communicate your concerns through the following ways:

1. Mailing a letter to: OVC Secretariat
P.O. Box 46205 – 00100, Nairobi
Or
“CT OVC Complaints”
P.O. Box 1611 – 068
Nairobi

2. Call this Free number:
0800 – 720 035
Or
Send an SMS to: 0722 528 825
Or
Call this number: 0703 830 957

3. Send an email to:
Ctovc.2010@gmail.com
Or email to:
ovcomplains@gmail.com

4. Complaining in person to:
• Nearest office of the Provincial Director of Children’s Services
• District Children’s Officer (DCO)
• The District Commissioner (DC) or District Officers (DO) offices
• Location OVC Committee (LOC) members
• OVC Secretarial Office in Nairobi Electricity House (Entry near the Standard Bank) 6th Floor- Door No. 1, next to Uchumi Supermarket-Aga Khan Walk.)
• Staff at health clinics or schools

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Invitation to the third Mombasa Counter Human Trafficking Symposium

You are invited  to participate in the upcoming Third Mombasa Counter Human Trafficking Symposium for the Faith Based and Grassroots organizations that will be held in Mombasa, Kenya, on the 21st to 23rd of June, 2012.

Engender the 2012 political process. We should choose the right leaders and not be clouded by the tradition which compelled us to choose only male candidates even when they were not meeting the qualities of leadership and betrayed the electorate.

The Conference has traditionally been organized by CEA (Consolation East Africa) a Nairobi based NGO that works to build the capacity of the grassroots and the faith based organizations to address the challenge of human trafficking through the support of Koinonia Advisory Research and Development Service (KARDS) a Nairobi based community development consultancy in collaboration  with Trace-Kenya a Mombasa based organization working to prevent, and protect children and young persons from trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation. This year we are honoured to introduce new partners of the symposium. The first being Solidarity With Women in Distress (SOLWODI), an organization that provides support to women and children driven into the commercial sex industry in Mombasa; Arise and Shine youth group (A&SYG), an organization working to build linkages between the isolated anti trafficking groups across the coastal region;  The Cradle Foundation of  Kenya, a  non-governmental organization committed to the protection, promotion and enhancement of the rights of the child through court representation, advocacy and law reform; and the Kenya Blue Hearts Grassroots Initiative, a network of performing and visual art groups whose mission is to educate the society on human rights and civic responsibilities through art and performances.

The symposium takes cognizance of the fact that this is the year of elections in Kenya. Its main theme is “engendering the electioneering process 2012/2013 in Kenya.” It’s a fact that when the electoral process has problems, violence erupts which leads to gross human rights violations. People lose lives, property, they also become victims of sexual crimes, exploitation and possible human trafficking. It is for this purpose that the symposium will be divided into two. One part will dwell on discussing about the leadership that is responsive to the engendering process that is focused on gender empowerment in Kenya and on the need for peaceful elections.

According to WHO report of 1999, violence against women is an area that is increasingly being recognised as affecting women’s health and autonomy. Violence against women has serious consequences for their mental and physical well-being, including their reproductive and sexual health. If violence against women is tolerated and accepted in a society, its eradication is made more difficult. In extension this violence has direct effect on the children as  in most cases it is extended to them. Tolerating this violence would mean that the society cannot be moved even when the women (and in extension the children) are facing extreme injustices. To solve this peoblem there is a great need to engender the electioneering process and introduce the concept of gender responsive campaigning and ultimately leadership. On the other hand, there is a great need to empower women on their rights so as they may defend them and speak loudly against any acts of violence metted against them during the electioneering time. Women must be encouraged to join politics as direct participartion in policy formulation helps in changing the societal constructs and will help in correcting the past social economic attitudes and injustices metted against them. 

Secondly, the symposium will focus on the conducive tools and environment for an effective reintegration process for trafficked victims. Literature and practices on “reintegration process will be discussed in order to bridge the gap between the literature and the practice.

For more information on the conference and the program please visit the Consolation East Africa Blog here. More info on the symposium here and find the poster here.

Should you wish to receive any further information about the content or as regards logistical arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us at

consolationeastafrica@gmail.com.

Telephone +254734988713 or 0720812638 or 0720444545 or 0722499302.

Poster: Third Mombasa Counter Trafficking Symposium for the Faith Based and Grassroots Organizations

Programme: Mombasa 2012 Counter Human Trafficking Symposium

The Third Mombasa Symposium for the Faith Based and Grassroots Organizations in East Africa

2012 Theme: Engendering the 2012 Kenya Electioneering Process and Victim Reintegration (click to go to the concept)

Organizers: CEA and Trace Kenya

Day 1: June 21st 2012

08.00-8.30  am: Arrival/Registration

08.30- 9.00 am: Introduction & Welcome remarks

9.00 to 10.00 Addressing Gender issues in the wake of the electioneering 2012 process in Kenya

Gender mainstreaming

Engendering the election process

Addressing political violence borne out of the electioneering process

 10.15-10. 45 am: The electoral process and human rights

11. 15- 12.15 pm: Introducing the Reintegration Challenge

Economic aspect of reintegration

psychosocial aspect of reintegration

Spiritual aspect of reintegration

Legal aspect of reintegration

12.20 to 1.00 Presentations and feedback

Psychological services in support to enhancing reintegration

3.00 to 4.00 pm

Psychological and trauma debriefing

Model interview for the victim of human trafficking

Addressing the needs of the victim of human trafficking immediate and long term

Day 2: 22nd June 2012

Community Intervention Reinforcing Reintegration

8.30 to 9.00 am:

Family role in the reintegration process of victims of human trafficking

How Community support can mitigate on the  reintegration process

Social stigma as a challenge to the  reintegration process

The role of social support structures in the reintegration process: Mosques, Churches, schools, hospitals etc

Practical Issues

10.45- 11.15 am

Referral      systems and information sharing to enhance reintegration of human      trafficking victim

Social service, FBOs ,CSOs and government roles in the reintegration process of the victim of human trafficking

The role of the media in enhancing the reintegration process for the victims of human trafficking

Monitoring and Evaluation

11. 15- 1.00 pm

Reintegration interventions impact assessment using case analysis

Knowledge management for the improvement of reintegration process

Networking and Collaboration for a peaceful electioneering process and for enhancing victim integration 

2.00-4.00 pm

Social networking to enhance successful reintegration on one hand and as a strategy to contribute to a peaceful electioneering process in Kenya (Constantine Deus, Organizational Devt. Consultant, Dar es Salaam)

Forum Conclusion: The Organizers.

 

The Third Mombasa Counter Human Trafficking Symposium for the Faith Based and Grassroots Organizations in East Africa

Follow this link to the programme

Dates: 21st  to 22nd June 2012

Venue: To be Communicated

Theme: Reintegration of the victims of human Trafficking

Organizers: CEA and Trace Kenya

The ideal image of the reintegration environment for a victims that has passed through the pain of human trafficking.  All the societal structures working to promote total internal healing and helping the victim to find easy reintegration back to his new or former society.

Trafficking in persons in the region is now publicly seen through the eyes of the returnees from Middle East. This follows the current media attention to the circumstances of Kenyan women working there. Through unscrupulous labor agents young women are lured into skewed labor contracts in the Middle East. Once they reach their work destinations the come to realize that they must repay their travel, accommodation and upkeep. It does not end there, and slavery is the condition they find themselves in. If they do not manage to find help, then they may end up maimed or they may even die. The most vulnerable people are those from poor backgrounds. As any promises of employment creates in them a hope to find resources to help their families out of their present misery and get additional income.

Human trafficking victims are exposed to deep trauma through their entire ordeal. The physical and psychological consequences of violence control and abuse inherent to human trafficking are extremely serious; regardless of the sector into which trafficking occurs. It can take the victims a long time to recover from the trauma and be able to remember their experiences without pain or anxiety. Human trafficking is not merely a concern of the victims and their families but of society at large as it has direct and indirect ramifications on development. The abuse and trafficking of children, in particular, have severe consequences both at individual and communal level, undermining the personal development of the children and also bringing serious problems to the entire communities and state security.

Working towards the reintegration of the victims is a great challenge within the society today. As a victim moves deeper through the human trafficking chain so do the reintegration needs become complex.  Organizations on the other hand have to work to ensure that the trafficking victims can be assisted to reintegrate through the legal tools, social and psychological support and through other creative means.

The third counter human trafficking symposium for the grassroots and the faith based organizations will explore the issue of reintegration in depth. The symposium will be held from the 21st to 22nd of June, 2012. This symposium amongst other aims will hope to fulfill the following objectives:

  • Share knowledge, skills and experiences from different FBOs, CSOs and grassroots on practices used to reintegrate the victims of human trafficking
  • Explore other potential innovative programmes and resources that could aid the process of reintegration.
  • Contextualizing reintegration of the trafficked victims in legal, economic and psycho social scenarios
  • Promoting social networking amongst counter human trafficking organizations.

Other conferences here

Please contact +254720444545/0722499302  or consolationeastafrica@gmail.com for more info.

Former Street Children to Launch A Music Album in Nairobi

The former street children singing their hearts out. Our Father who art in heaven bless all the children including those on the streets and help them not to dispair but to hang onto hope of a better tomorrow. The children’s message to the society is that “we too are children and do not understand many things just like all other children. We hence need love, care and accompaniment.”  Thanks to their trainer George Ndikwe, the children have perfected their voices.

Friday the 27th of April former street children will be launching a music album entitled “Amka Kenya.” This event is scheduled to start at 9.30 and end at noon courtesy of Ndugu Mdogo Home, one of Koinonia’s children projects in Nairobi. There are no charges  and all people are invited to this important occassion. The children in this album have performed in various platforms and their main aim is to give encouragement to fellow children passing through life difficulties or also to help Kenyans know that social integration and love can triumph even in the midst of so many temptations to believe that the contrary is true. These children’s main aim is to affirm the triumph of love, courage and kindness over selfishness.

THE GREAT CHOIR: The children from Ndugu Mdogo sing their hearts out during the Red Carpet Event in Nairobi on 10th December 2011

The theme song Amka Kenya is a new composition created with the participation of the children, on the need for Kenyans to shun violence, tribal divide, political incitements and instead focus on national cohesion, informed choices of leaders and peace building initiatives, as the Nation prepares for the next General Election.

 The Album contains 9 songs from the rarely heard voices of the most vulnerable in the society. With their voices the former street children want to deliver a message of peace and unity. Amka Kenya is an invitation to all Kenyans to stand up for justice, peace and integral human development.

During the launch the children of Mdugu Mdogo and other Koinonia Homes will also  demonstrate their artistic talents in music, dancing, poetry and acrobatics, proving  to  all that despite the challenges they’ve gone through, they have a wealth of talents that they want to put at the service of a peaceful and just society.

For more information kindly contact George 0725377623

Conference on Gender Based Violence

Kenyatta University in collaboration with the Liverpool VCT will be hosting the Conference on Gender Based Violence on the 1st to the 5th of August 2012. The conference will address four important  themes. The first theme is the structural issues which recognizes that the genesis of GBV resides in underlying norms and value systems which make it both necessary and legitimate thus subverting prevention and response efforts.  The second theme is Governance, policy and legislation which seeks to locate GBV within the national and state context and help to  identify the primary level of responsibility and obligations that illustrate responsiveness. The third issue is about research which underscores the paucity of research in the area and lastly the fouth theme is about practice which will focus on innovative and tailor made interventions. The information about the conference is found here while the info about the thematic areas is found here.

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