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Intro


Vulnerable children are valuable children.

The Vulnerable Children's Program of Lodwar serves vulnerable children in the vicinity of Lodwar in the drought-ridden county of Turkana, northern Kenya. We are committed to helping vulnerable children in Turkana escape the inhumanity of commercial sexual exploitation, and to helping children overcome the malnutrition and psychological trauma that comes from loss of parents through HIV/AIDS. 

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Intro


Vulnerable children are valuable children.

The Vulnerable Children's Program of Lodwar serves vulnerable children in the vicinity of Lodwar in the drought-ridden county of Turkana, northern Kenya. We are committed to helping vulnerable children in Turkana escape the inhumanity of commercial sexual exploitation, and to helping children overcome the malnutrition and psychological trauma that comes from loss of parents through HIV/AIDS. 

Most of the children are orphaned by HIV, or are without mothers; cared for grandparents, neighbors and other caretakers.

 

 

The program provides children with proper nutrition, clothing, medical treatment, educational support and social interactivity development.

We train caretakers in the vital subjects of hygiene, parenting, counseling alcoholics, small business operations, and small scale horticulture.  The children receive porridge in the morning, lunch and fruits. We provide caretakers with maize, beans, cooking oil, salt and bar soaps regularly to enable them to feed the children. The program carries out continuous monitoring of vulnerable children in the area, their progress and the challenges they encounter in order to fully improve their well-being, with special attention to equity. 

The program does this in three centers: Napetet Vulnerable Childrens Program, Mercy Center Vulnerable Children Program and the Crèche Vulnerable Children Program.

 
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History


The Vulnerable Children's Program of Lodwar began in 2006 and has impacted the lives of a large number of vulnerable children in Turkana.

History


The Vulnerable Children's Program of Lodwar began in 2006 and has impacted the lives of a large number of vulnerable children in Turkana.

The Vulnerable Children's Program of Lodwar was implemented as a response to a survey done in Napetet Village on the identification of vulnerable children found in that village. Napetet Village was a point of interest because its predominance of extreme poverty. 

The program began with 40 children and has increased its intake almost ninefold since then. With optimal funding the total number of vulnerable children attending the program is around 350 (along with approximately 125 caretakers). The program is currently underfunded and provides limited care for around 100 children (Jan 19, 2016).

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