Empowering and Caring for Orphans and Vulnerable Children under the COPE Project
Stand Out Results:
Over the life of the COPE project:
Project Title: COPE – Community Based Orphan Care Protection and Empowerment
Budget: 15.47 million
Countries/Time Frame: Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania/2005-2010
The Problem: One of the most acute challenges in the HIV/AIDS pandemic has been the number of children and youth orphaned by AIDS-related illnesses or made more vulnerable to challenging socio-economic conditions created by the pandemic. When parents die of AIDS-related illnesses, the children experience a variety of difficulties including loss of livelihood, lack of guidance, decreased access to education, and stigmatization.
Globally, there are over 15 million children orphaned due to AIDS and over 80 percent of those children are in sub-Saharan Africa.
Long-Term Goal of Project: To reduce the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) targeted by the project.
- Increase district and community capacity to coordinate care and support services for OVCs and caregivers.
- Provide life skills training, peer education, and psychosocial care and support to OVCs and caregivers.
- Increase access to education for OVCs.
- Increase access to health care and nutritional support for OVCs and caregivers.
- Increase access to income generating opportunities.
Direct Beneficiaries: 209,000 OVCs and their caregivers in Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.