Project information

Ahero Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC)

The goal of this project is to provide access to quality early childhood services to children in order to promote the intellectual, physical, and social development of identified preschool orphans and vulnerable children through the establishment of an ECDC at the Ahero Resource Centre, Kenya.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Aids Orphan UK Trust

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  • Need


    Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) is recognized globally as a crucial in laying the foundation for a child’s holistic education yet is severely lacking in Kenya, and especially in Kisumu County – one of the poorest regions in Kenya with the third highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates. As a result, poorer families are unable to provide their children pre-school level education, putting them at further disadvantage when joining state level primary school thus perpetuating the poverty cycle


    The project will target 75 HIV/AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) from poor households, aged between 2-5 years per year to receive structured, age appropriate care through the establishment of the Early Childhood Development Centre. Additionally, the nutritional needs of the children will be prioritized in order to tackle the high mortality rate of children under the age of 5 years in Kisumu County

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To facilitate pre-primary school education to HIV/AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children


    » Engagement and awareness raising of local community to ensure community participation and ownership for ongoing sustainability of project
    » Recruitment and training of teachers and preparation of curriculum and educational materials

    1. Completed construction/adjustment of the Ahero Resource Center 2. Curriculum established and in place 3. Parents / families engaged in the ongoing operation
    4.# of pupils

    Aim 2

    To qualify the children to enter in Primary School


    » Provide quality Early Years education and support to prepare children for entry into Primary School education

    1. # of children entered in the local primary school system

    Aim 3

    To provide for nutritional needs of the children through a feeding programme


    » Children will be provided with a healthy balanced meal daily to support healthy growth and nutrition

    1. # of meals delivered

  • Impact


    Through the engagement of the local community of caregivers and families the well being and overall development of children through various child friendly activities at the centre will be improved.

    The project will increase knowledge around child hygiene, health care and nutritional needs as well as promoting learning, playing and other interactive social activities for children.


    The major risk to the project is the non engagement of local caretakers and parents however this is mitigated by engaging them from the early stages of project development and ensuring the project meets local needs and is fit for purpose.
    Extreme weathers, such as floods, could delay the implementation of the project.


    Donors will receive a 6 monthly update on progress. The report will include pictures of the project progress and a financial breakdown of the spending occurred during the reporting period.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £35,112

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,704 Construction Expansion of the current Ahero Resource Centre
      £1,852 Play area Materials for outside play area
      £8,667 Schooling Cost of curriculum materials and teachers
      £13,333 Feeding Feeding programme costs for 1 year
      £7,556 Support costs Organisational overhead costs to provide administrative and oversight support to the project
  • Background


    Kisumu County in Western Kenya is one of the poorest regions in Kenya with the 3rd highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in Kenya (19.3%). It is estimated that 30-40% of babies born to HIV positive mothers are infected with HIV. According to the Kenyan Ministry of Health, there are approximately 2,300 new HIV infection cases among children (0-14 years) every year in the County and the high number of child deaths caused by AIDS threatens to reverse the recent gain of child survival programmes


    75 HIV/AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) from poor households, aged between 2-5 years will benefit from the project directly whilst their families (one household has an average of 4.4 people) and members of the wider community will be indirect beneficiaries.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    AIDS Orphan Trust UK has more than 7 years experience of supporting Early Childhood Development in Kenya with a particular focus on providing support to HIV / AIDS affected Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs). CIVS Kenya, our implementing partner in the project, has more than 5 years experience working in Ahero and has developed excellent relationships with local communities ensuring programmes are well thought out and designed.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Michael Wicke

    Michael Wicke is a Project Manager at CIVS Kenya and holds a Bachelor in Business Administration. He has 8 years experience working in Kenya.

    Jasper Malome

    Jasper Malome is the Programs Manager at CIVS Kenya and holds a Masters degree in Business Management. He has been working with CIVS for 12 years.

    Ian Govendir

    AIDS Orphan CEO & Founder Ian will ensure adequate funding to complete the project and provide monitoring support