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

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OVC SUPPORT PROGRAM

OVC situation in Kenya

Kenya now has a growing number, of OVC. An estimated 2.4 million Kenyan children are orphans, who are under 18 years and have lost one or both parents as a result of death. Nearly two thirds of the orphans in Kenya have lost their parents due to HIV/AIDS. Also, the proportion is increasing, as it was approximately 16 percent of all children in Kenya in 2007 (Kenya Demographic Health Survey-KDHS 2003), compared to about 11 percent just five years earlier (Kenya Demographic Health Survey-KDHS 2002). In addition to orphans, there are increasing numbers of other "vulnerable children", who are also especially in need. The National AIDS Control Council (NACC) estimates that there are about 600,000 children who are not orphans but who are also particularly vulnerable because their parents are sick and are not able to adequately provide for their safety and development.

Overview of OLPS OVC Support Program
HIV/AIDS is a global pandemic that impacts negatively on socio-economic well being of societies. For the reason that HIV/AIDS mostly attacks populace of childbearing age, its impact on children, extended families, and communities is overwhelming. When a parent dies of AIDS which, his or her child is three times more likely to die even when that child is HIV negative. Moreover, facing an increased risk of death, children whose parents have died due to HIV/AIDS also face stigmatization, rejection and a lack of love and care. They often suffer from emotional distress, malnutrition, a lack of health care, and poor or no access to education. AIDS orphans are also at high risk for labor exploitation, sex trafficking, homelessness, and exposure to HIV. Ever more, extended families and communities in highly affected areas like the Lake Victoria basin (i.e. Nyanza and Rift Valley provinces) find that their resources are inadequate to provide the basics for all needy children. In communities hard hit by the double hammer of HIV/AIDS and poverty, there are thousands of children who may not be orphans, but who have been made more vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. For example, children whose parents are ill with HIV/AIDS might not receive the care and support they require. In extreme cases, roles in the household are reversed and the children become their parents caregivers, often dropping out of school and becoming breadwinners. Research indicates that these children, caring for sick and dying parents, are the most vulnerable of all. This is the context upon which OLPS operates.

The organization has over the years since its inception, implemented programs aimed at enhancing Service Coverage to OVC in Nyanza Province by increasing coverage of key essential services to OVC and households caring for them in ways that reduce their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and improve their overall well-being.

OLPS strategies to addressing OVC challenges

Strategy 1: Direct and indirect service provision to OVC: the services are provided in line with the universally agreed basic support for OVC (i.e. food/nutrition, shelter and care, protection, health care, psychosocial support, and education).
Strategy 2: Provide evidence-based interventions to reduce OVC vulnerability to HIV infection by implementing family and peer-centered approach to prevention of HIV that include paediatric and general HIV testing, evidence-based HIV prevention such as Familys Matter! And Healthy Choices will be implemented to reduce OVC vulnerability to HIV infection
Strtaegy 3: Advocacy and Promotion to create supportive environment to ensure full realization of OVC rights and welfare
Strategy 4: Economic and livelihood strengthening to enable households caring for OVC meet expanding responsibilities for ill family members or to welcome OVCs into the household

OLPS currently has slightly over 1,500 OVC aged between 1-15 years enrolled in her program support against demand of over 100,000 OVC in Nyanza province.
OLPS partners in OVC support program
Financial partners
Elizabeth Glazer Paediatric AIDS Foundation,
Aid to GOSPAs Children,
Mamahope International,
Our Lady of peace Shottery catholic church,
Innerwheel.

Individuals/families
Rama and Rachel UK,
Roland Gagne-Value for advice (UK),

To help OLPS change the life of a child in need

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