To be efficient and effective care giver for children infected and affected with HIV/AIDS in Kenya.
To provide holistic care and support to children infected and affected with HIV/AIDS
Professionalism, Empathy, Integrity, Team Work.
HOREC creates a conducive family environment for children who have been orphaned or living with HIV/AIDs. The children have been rescued from different parts of Kenya.
The children are showered with love, given hope and attention by our dedicated caregivers as well as life skills to ensure they lead a productive and normal life.
Most of the children who are rescued and brought under HOREC’s care arrive with all manner of illnesses as a result of neglect and abuse. The health of the children quickly improves thanks to the highly nutritious meals that are prepared for them. The children receive four meals per day (breakfast, mid-morning tea, lunch and supper).
Of the 128 children under our care, 82 are beneficiaries of HOREC outreach program. To ensure the children get the best care in their respective guardians’ home, HORECs social workers visit their homes and schools for progress reports.
HOREC outreach program promotes community ownership and participation in protection of OVCs.
The children relate like brothers and sisters with the older ones giving directions and playing with the young ones. They play together and perform chores together.
HOREC has a fulltime nurse aid who ensures the medical needs of the children are met. She also checks the nutrition of the children under ARVs as well as treats other illnesses.HOREC is in the first phase of constructing a comprehensive care clinic.
HOREC believes in quality education for both the boy and girl child with the realization that they will exit from the center to the highly competitive job market.
Thus far 10 children have graduated from Komahill and joined reputable High schools in Machakos County and other parts of the Kenya. Every year our children who sit for national exam continue to show marked improvement. Two girls have graduated from college and have been absorbed in the job market.
During school holidays, HOREC conducts a Study Holiday Program whereby the children engage in revision, consultations, group discussions & fun academic activities. The program is facilitated by the HOREC staff team together with volunteers
HOREC children prowess in acrobatics has seen them represent their school in many events. We endeavour to engage the children in different extracurricular activities with a view of giving them an opportunity to fully exploit their talents.
Through our outreach program, 82 children are in primary and high schools in different parts of the country.
HOREC realizes the imperativeness of promoting community ownership and participation in protection of OVCs. With this in mind, and the knowledge that we have limited space to take in more OVCs, we have engaged the community to participate in our outreach programme.
Currently we have 82 OVCs who are benefiting from the outreach program. Our trained social workers visit their homes and schools to check their progress and to ensure that they are well taken care of.
We provide Home-based Care to our community members who are living with HIV positive by doing the following:
• We provide physical, psychological (emotional) and spiritual care and support. In cases where we find such people very sick, we organize to take them to hospital as we continue to make follow-up visits.
• Guidance and counseling –
• Helping them to accept themselves and to live positively
• Helping them to access ARVs
• Training them on drug adherence and compliance
• Teaching them importance of Hygiene and Nutrition
• Generally being there for them (showing love and concern)
• Giving Nutritional Food Supplements to the very weak
Adolescent girls, young women and mothers around the communities HOREC works with are greatly vulnerable to gender-based violence (GBV), emboldened by the various forms of societal injustices skewed mostly against the female gender. HOREC and partners identified that the absence of: awareness on and/ or access to sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and services among adolescent girls, young women and the communities emerged as the biggest contributor to gender-based violence. HOREC embarked on working with adolescent girls in schools and in communities and with young women to create awareness on and access to sexual and reproductive health rights, with the two groups above highlighted jointly with the communities in general in building their various capacities to prevent, respond to and eliminate cases of gender-based violence within their respective communities, and with health institutions to create access to SRHR services.
HOREC ensures that children receive a well balanced diet in order to match the nutritional requirements needed for them to be able to maintain health. The nurse aid and house mothers monitor the children’s food intake, hydration levels, weight assessment & sleeping patterns.
Through partners and academic sponsorships, HOREC is able to pay school fees for the children in High school. HOREC is also able to provide learning materials & uniform for the children in kindergarten and primary school. No other investment will suffice than that of knowledge.
Due to the condition of our children, Health care is a priority area. The children have frequent visits for check up and assessment to ensure they are in good shape. Adherence and compliance to medication is strictly observed. Their weight is measured monthly. There is a nurse on call in case of emergency/ crisis.
The consistent hurdle has been a reliable means of transport to take the children to hospital. HOREC is sending an appeal to well wishers to support in raising money to champion the purchase of a bus. To donate; Use Paybill; 971410 Account; Bus
– In order to maintain a healthy relationship with their guardians and relatives, the children visit with them every holiday. The HOREC Social Workers conduct home visits to assess the safety and nature of the homes before the children are released. In cases where the home is not safe, the child is retained at the centre until HOREC is able do House Hold strengthening to the guardians.
HOREC recognizes that it is a temporary shelter. After 3 years, children are reintegrated back to their guardians and relatives. There is follow up done after reintegration to ensure that the children are well taken care of. A home assessment is also done before reintegration to see whether the guardian is ready to receive the child. It is usually a sad time since the gap left by every child can never be replaced even with new children being rescued.
HOREC has a vast knowledge in Children, Adolescents, Youth, HID and AIDS, Child Protection, Vulnerability, Sexual Reproductive Health, Life skills and so much more. We conduct trainings to schools and the community on matters mentioned to ensure that they stay informed and are able to make decisions based on knowledge. It is also our responsibility to empower both children and adults in life skills so that they realize their full potential.
Every last Saturday of the month, HOREC family go out for community service. Our goal is to promote a heart of giving and service to the children. It is easy for them to feel like they have nothing to offer. In our small way, we touch the lives of those around us with acts of compassion. We also have grandmothers from around our community join us in service.