Humanity for Orphans, Youth and Widows Initiatives Kenya (HOYWIK)

The Community Sustainable Livelihoods Project
The HOYWIK vision is sustainable community development and the mission is to lobby for the rights, and specific needs and general welfare of Orphans, Youth and Widows through advocacy and implementation of sustainable developmental and health programs in the community.

To achieve the vision and mission, HOYWIK implements activities that create employment for youth and women in order to increase household income reduce poverty and enhance food security.

The Community Sustainable Livelihoods Project is aimed at rearing animals for wealth creation as a sustainable income generating activity. It is designed to further support Aids Orphans and other Vulnerable Children to countermeasure the short-term interventions that are dominated by food aid and mechanisms that can build resilience of communities and households against current and future shocks.

UCF received a grant application from HOYWIK to enable them to expand their Sustainable Livelihoods Project with the following activities:

  1. provide revolving fund loans to 30 women and youth;
  2. conduct 30 mentor sessions for youth and women on the enterprise’s development;
  3. purchase 70 (rabbit) kittens and chickens for rearing;
  4. conduct four capacity building training sessions;
  5. purchase teaching/learning materials for the participants;
  6. provide nutritional support to 300 children in HOYWIK Circle of Hope Educational Centre in Kibera slum and
  7. expand brooder house to accommodation the bigger number of animals.

The project  aims to have a long term impact on the beneficiaries i.e. the youth, orphaned children and the women in the targeted community. The following will be some of the outcomes the project will realize: –

  • Improvement of the long-term capacity building to further meets the basic students, youth and women needs with less donor reliance;
  • Increase youth and women microenterprise development through revolving funds;
  • Increased revenue collection through sales of produce and offspring.

The UCF Board was pleased to approve a grant of $2,000 to HOYWIK to upscale this project.

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