WEMIHS recognizes that children are often the most vulnerable members in households affected by poverty and disease. WEMIHS uses a rights based approach to ensure that children’s rights, health and development needs are met, especially for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) and adolescent girls.
12,500 vulnerable children accessing age and gender appropriate essential services ie, early childhood learning, nutrition and food security, community support and legal protection.
WEMIHS improves the ecology of care and support for vulnerable children by building capacity in the community and developing support systems to support the needs of children and their caregivers. WEMIHS works to:
- Raise awareness on the psychosocial needs of OVCs and the violence and abuse experienced by vulnerable children and adolescents
- Support caregivers to meet the needs of OVCs in nutrition and food security, prevention of childhood illnesses and child protection
- Support elderly caregivers (‘grannies’) of OVCs to better support their families while receiving psychosocial care
- Establish training facilities for early childhood development needs for children aged 0-8 living in vulnerable female-headed households
- Partner with government agents, judiciary, schools, community associations and community child protection networks to identify vulnerable youth, provide appropriate care and support services and protect the rights of children and adolescents against
- Raise awareness on sexuality and reproductive health, behaviour change and life-skill mentorship for vulnerable adolescent girls
- Influence positive policy and legislative change to support child protection rights
“WEMIHS programs are currently reaching a total of 15,000 beneficiaries through working with most vulnerable households (ultra poor, people living with HIV and the age care providers)”