Welcome to OLPS Kenya

Welcome To OLPS Kenya Receive greetings from Our Lady of Perpetual Support For People Living with AIDS and Orphans OLPS. We are indeed glad to have you visiting our website. At OLPS we find pride in making simple miracles possible on the basis of providing hope for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS pandemic. Read more

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OLPS Health Programs To effectively deliver health programs that respond to the needs of members of our community, OLPS emphasizes on integrated approach to health programming. Our health services are both facility and community-based. We run a community dispensary, mobilize resources and partner with like-minded organizations to make healthcare affordable to members of our community. As much as our health services are modeled within the context of HIV and AIDS, we also reach out to other members of the community with general healthcare needs Read more

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OLPS Health Programming focuses on… HIV Care and Treatment (targeting children, adolescents and adults); Community TB Prevention and treatment; Maternal Child Health services; Reproductive Health Services; HIV Testing Services. None of these if offered in isolation. Our integrated approach ensures that we address as many needs as possible for any person coming into contact with any of health service provider.

Building Resilient Households

Building Resilient Households OLPS covers the spectrum of services for anyone affected by HIV/AIDS. In this context, we work to empower individuals to be self reliant and live a dignified life. Our aim is to ensure that we support households in such a manner that they will be able to provide for their basic needs such as education for their children, healthcare, housing, food and nutrition among others. The ultimate goal is to create resilient households able to withstand crisis, recover from them and adapt so that they can better withstand them.

Livelihood Strengthening through small business support

Livelihood Strengthening through small business support OLPS uses a microfinance model to loan out small amounts of money ranging from Kshs. 10,000.00 to Kshs 15,000.00 to women for business startups and business expansion. Training and mentorship is key to the success of the businesses. Priority is given to women because of their proven ability to manage their businesses and repay their loans promptly. A total of 150 women are currently supported by this program. Read more

Building resilient households through sustainable agriculture

Building resilient households through sustainable agriculture On a 4ha piece of land, OLPS is implementing a Community Farmers’ Education Program and targets local farmers with low input farming technologies. OLPS primarily promotes food security for women & children affected by HIV/AIDS and focuses on creating healthy and nutritional gardens and keeping livestock e.g. chickens to boost family income. These women were facilitated to form groups for peer-to-peer mentorship Read more

OVC Program

OLPS OVC Program Kenya has an estimated 2.4 million orphans and vulnerable children, about 50% of whom are orphaned due to the HIV/AIDS. Regions with high HIV burden (like Kisumu where OLPS majorly operates) therefore account for a higher percentage of OVC. Because of lack of proper care and protection, these children experience many forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation, a situation which undermines their ability to develop into productive and responsible adults. OLPS implements a comprehensive OVC program that ensures this doesn’t happen. Read more

OVC Programming approach

OVC Programming approach We implement a two-pronged approach to addressing the plight of OVC i.e. community-based and institutionalized care at OLPS Children’s Rescue Center. Priority is given to community-based care strategy but in situations where there is need for extreme care and protection, OLPS admits carefully selected OVC into its Rescue Center for a 1 to 3 year transitional care and support. During this period, a responsible adult/relative is sought and prevailed upon to offer support to such a child as his/her own once the child leaves the center.

OLPS Water Project

Water Drilling Enabling access to safe clean water and sanitation facilities is one of the strategies identified by the community in improving their health standards of the community Read more

OLPS Bee keeping Project

Bee Keeping Project Description � Read more

Overview

SECONDARY EDUCATION FOR OVC

Overview
The education Scholarship Program was founded on the principle that Education is the surest pathway out of poverty. Give a child quality education and you will be sure with proper mentorship, the child will develop necessary skills to enable himself/herself move out of devastating state of perennial relief seekers to self sufficient individuals. This is OLPS belief!!!!


In spite of this reality, many children find it hard to access quality education which is a right for all children. Governments efforts are in line with the international declaration of universal access to free and compulsory primary education. Primary school enrolment has plummeted impressively to reach over 95%. However, what is lacking is an elaborate plan for continued education for over 2.4 million Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC).


HIV/AIDS pandemic has created an enormous population of OVC in Kenya. It is estimated that over 2.4 children in Kenya are orphaned due to HIV/AIDS epidemic (National Plan for Action for OVC in Kenya, 2007-2010), and that only 32% of OVC have been able to get financial assistance to continue with their education beyond primary.


OLPS catchment area (i.e. Nyanza Province) is characterized by the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence of 16.9% (Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey-KAIS, 2007). This has resulted in an increase in number of OVC over years and the region currently accounts for over 21% of all OVC in Kenya. The majority of OVC guardians are too poor to look after their own children let alone cope with the added burden of feeding and looking after additional children who suddenly, without warning or preparation, appear in their lives. Some guardians are ill and/or incapacitated from the HIV/AIDS infection themselves. The children they foster have nowhere else to go and come to them as a consequence of death. Even in the best of circumstances, where a foster child is treated equally, there is immense financial pressure on families that are living at the poverty level.


OLPS started Education Scholarship Program to effectively address educational needs of OVC especially in secondary and tertiary level. This program has been in existence since the year 2003 but was officially launched in 2006. The program aims to provide financial and emotional support for OVC attending secondary school in an effort to increase each childs chance of success in accomplishing their educational endeavors. This is accomplished by adopting a holistic approach which includes not only paying for school fees and other expenses but partnering OVCs with social workers that can monitor their progress and provide on-going encouragement and support. Since the year 2006, the program has enabled over 440 OVC access and complete secondary education.


The need for secondary education for OVC is overwhelming. This year alone, OLPS received over 600 applications from potential OVC for consideration. Unfortunately OLPS could only absorb 87. Spot checks later confirmed that the number left out never made it to secondary school. What this means is that such children will always remain within the poverty cycle since they lack the means to enable them step out of it.

OLPS Partners in Education for OVC

  • Antelope Foundation,
  • Children Investment Funds Foundation (CIFF),
  • Our Lady of Peace Shottery Catholic Church,
  • Innerwheel,
  • Rotary Club International,
  • Aid to GOSPAs Children,
  • Kenyan Cooperate Bodies (i.e. ABC Bank, Equity Bank)

You also can be a partner by helping OLPS sponsor a child through secondary education

Our Partners

OLPS Programs

  • Community Health Programs 
  • HIV&AIDS Care and Treatment Programs 
  • OVC Care and Support (Community-based and institution-based)
  • Support to the aging
  • Emergency Relief & Aid
  • Livilihood Support and Strengthening Program 

OLPS Contacts

Our Lady Of Perpetual Support

P.O. Box 3400

Kisumu, Kenya

Tel: +254 202030720 / 733 403 704

Email: info @ olpskenya.org