STRATEGIC FOCUS 2018 - 2023
R.A.V.F`s strategic focus over the next five years covers two Departments including the Program areas Department and Organizational Development Department.
The Program areas Department will focus on the following programs; (i) Orphans and other vulnerable children, (ii) Health, (iii) Governance and human rights, and (iv) Climate Change and Disaster Risk reduction & resilience.
The Organizational Development Department will focus on the following; (i) Advocacy, Networking and Communication, (ii) Institutional Capacity Building, (iii) Finance and Office Administration. Each strategic focus area is highlighted, with accompanying activities as listed below.
STRATEGIC FOCUS AREA 1: ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN (OVC`S)
Objective: To promote full development, realization, and enjoyment of rights and fulfillment of responsibilities of Orphans and other vulnerable children. This objective will be achieved through implementation of the following activities:
- Promoting micro-finance initiatives that benefit households caring for orphans and other vulnerable children
- Promoting apprenticeships, vocational and lifelong skills training
- Providing psycho-social support
- Establishing effective community-based mechanisms for monitoring the socio-economic welfare of orphans and other vulnerable children
Food and Nutrition Security:
- Providing adequate nutritious food to households caring for orphans and other vulnerable children in emergency situations
- Improving productivity and storage of food in households caring for orphans and other vulnerable children
- Strengthening nutrition education targeting such households
- Establishing community-based early warning food security systems and mechanisms
- Promote provision of meals in government aided schools through construction of energy saving stoves, provision of fortified/nutritious meals, promotion of school gardens
Psycho-social Care and Support:
- Empowering families and communities to provide quality care and support for orphans and other vulnerable children
- Providing for basic needs
- Providing emotional support to children and youth
- Strengthening capacity of communities to provide counselling
- Establishment of community-based child based recreational facilities and promotion of recreation activities
- Promoting access to education and retention of orphans and other vulnerable children/youth in school
- Child sponsorship
- Improvement of learning environment in schools through; construction of classroom blocks, pit latrines, provision of furniture schools etc.
- Provision of scholastic materials, school bags and uniform
- Promote peer to peer education
Child Rights and Protection:
- Child rights advocacy through radio, print advocacy materials, print media, social media etc.
- Strengthen child-friendly legal protection systems, procedures and mechanisms through strengthening referral systems
- Capacity building and dialogue with community duty bearers on child rights, care and protection
- Create community knowledge and awareness on children`s rights
STRATEGIC FOCUS AREA 2: HEALTH
Objective: To enhance and broaden the provision of health services to reach the most vulnerable communities. This objective will be achieved through implementation of the following activities:
Sexual and reproductive health rights:
- Increase adolescents access to sexual and reproductive health information and services
- Increase access to contraceptives, comprehensive and quality family planning services
- Promotion of maternal health care and safe motherhood (Antenatal care, Safe Delivery, Post natal care, Breast feeding etc.
- Prevention and Elimination of practices with emphasis on child/forced marriage and Female Genital Mutilation
HIV/AIDS care and support:
- Community sensitization/awareness raising on HIV/AIDS
- Home Based Care givers to provide care and support to those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS
- Provision of welfare kits e.g. mattresses, blankets, jerry cans, mosquito nets, basins etc. to households affected by HIV/AIDS
- Economic empowerment for people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS
- Facilitating local to local dialogue sessions between the local populace with their local leaders and community health workers to air their views on issues that affected them and finding solutions together
- Coordinate a Home Based Care Alliance (HBCA) initiative which aims at supporting the organizing and development of grassroots home based care givers` capacity to respond to HIV an AIDS pandemic through grassroots-driven strategies. The initiative also links caregivers for peer exchanges and advocacy and to shift responses and decision making opportunities to grassroots caregivers through negotiation with local, national and international decision making bodies. In Africa, there are ten member organizations of 500 caregivers each coordinated by R.A.V.F.