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Entries in OVC (35)

Monday
Mar232015

Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children Affected by HIV and Other Adversities

   This brief gives an overview of the Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children) project. 4Children is a five-year, USAID-funded project designed to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS and other adversities.

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Wednesday
Nov072012

Self-Esteem, Self-Efficacy and Hope Among Vulnerable Adolescents Affected by HIV and Participating in Community-Based Savings and Lending Groups in Rural Nyanga District, Zimbabwe

Self-Esteem, Self-Efficacy and Hope Among Vulnerable Adolescents Affected by HIV and Participating in Community-Based Savings and Lending Groups in Rural Nyanga District, Zimbabwe   

Do adolescents who participate in savings groups have more self-esteem, self-efficacy and hope? Research in Zimbabwe suggests that yes, they do. Savings groups may provide a way for adolescents to address immediate financial concerns and build mental health resilience for the future.

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Wednesday
Nov072012

Can Young Children Provide Meaningful Input Into Their Wellbeing? Exploring the Utility of a Self-Report Measure for Child Wellbeing in Kenya and Rwanda

Can Young Children Provide Meaningful Input Into Their Wellbeing? Exploring the Utility of a Self-Report Measure for Child Wellbeing in Kenya and Rwanda   

The OVC Wellbeing Tool is a widely used self-report measure of wellbeing for children ages 13–18. Catholic Relief Services adapted the tool for children who are 7–12 years old. Enumerators found that most children understood the revised questions.

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Wednesday
May252011

My Skills, My Money, My Brighter Future in Rwanda: An Assessment of Economic Strengthening Interventions for Adolescent Girls

To respond to the OVC crisis in Rwanda, CRS and our Caritas partners implemented a five-year program that provided caregivers and children a range of services: education support, health care and HIV education, protection, psychosocial support, food security and nutrition assistance, and economic strengthening. Interventions examined here include vocational training, savings and internal lending communities, biointensive gardens and small-animal husbandry.

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Wednesday
May252011

My Skills, My Money, My Brighter Future in Zimbabwe: An Assessment of Economic Strengthening Interventions for Adolescent Girls

This project was designed to improve the economic status, food security, health and psychosocial well-being of out-of-school (or at risk of being out-of-school) adolescents. The assessment evaluates three economic strengthening approaches: (1) vocational training, (2) Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools and (3) Savings and Internal Lending Communities.

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Wednesday
Feb022011

OVC Wellbeing Tool 

A self-report measure meant for individuals aged 13-18 that provides a fast, easy method of securing data about the overall wellbeing of children in OVC programs.

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Friday
Jan282011

Caring for the Caregivers

Understanding Rwandan OVC Volunteers in a Faith-Based Setting

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)-Rwanda has been relying on volunteers to reach orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in their communities. To improve the quality of services provided to OVC, CRS conducted a study to better understand the profile of the most committed and effective volunteers, the motivation of all volunteers, the importance of incentives, and the relationship of volunteers to the church.

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Friday
Jan212011

Saving and Internal Lending Communities: An Approach for Improving Life and Wellbeing of PLWHA and OVC

CRS/Rwanda has integrated SILC across programming in projects such as agriculture, health, nutrition and HIV & AIDS since 2005. Recently, 942 SILC groups saved a total of $128,473 and provided $34,463 in loans to help members meet household and productive needs.

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Friday
Jan212011

Best Nutrition Practices Promoted by Community Health Volunteers for PLWHA and OVC

Malnutrition is not always due to food unavailability but is often the result of misutilization as people may not be sufficiently educated about how to maximize their nutritional status. Ibyiringiro is a five-year project that is focused on food and nutrition intervention for PLWHA and OVC in Rwanda.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC)

The key to helping Zimbabwean orphans, vulnerable children and youth

Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) are helping youth in Zimbabwe develop basic skills in financial management. Youth participating in SILC are also learning to appreciate the importance of saving for emergencies and investments. This poster outlines how the SILC process works and how it is being used by youth in Zimbabwe.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Increasing Savings and Solidarity among Households with Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Rwanda

This learning paper looks at linking the Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) methodology with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) programming in Rwanda. CRS Rwanda introduced SILC to help households headed by OVC to build financial assets and complement current OVC programming, with the intent to provide OVC households with reliable and safe financial services as well as an avenue for basic financial education.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Empowering Rwanda youth through savings-led microfinance

Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) is a savings-led microfinance methodology developed by CRS to increase access to financial services for the poorest of the poor. This case study looks at CRS’ experience in introducing the SILC methodology to orphans and vulnerable children in Rwanda in an effort to help them build successful businesses.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC)

The key to helping Zimbabwean youth overcome poverty

Engaging vulnerable youth in positive economic strengthening activities is critical in helping them develop the life skills and coping strategies required to meet their basic needs. This case study looks at CRS’ experience in introducing Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) to orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe through the Support to Replicable Innovative Village Community Efforts (STRIVE) project.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

A Facilitator's Guide to Developing OVC Program Sustainability and Transition Plans

Over the course of five years, the capacity of indigenous CRS partners and community programs has been enhanced. The current aim is that the well-planned transition of OVC programs to CRS partners will result in long-term sustainability. To increase program sustainability, it is critical that the transition is conceptualized and designed with input from all the key stakeholders. CRS has subsequently designed A Facilitator’s Guide to Developing OVC Program Sustainability and Transition Plans in order to facilitate the comprehensive and systematic review of existing structures and planning for strengthening of indigenous mechanisms for OVC.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Improving the quality of life for orphans and vulnerable children through Psychosocial Support

Individual counseling for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) is not possible and may not even be necessary for each child, so how do we improve the emotional, mental and spiritual lives of OVC? This fact sheet outlines the broad forms of psychosocial support that are provided by CRS and partners through the PEPFAR-funded OVC program.

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