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Project Title: COPE – Community Based Orphan Care Protection and Empowerment
Time Frame: 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% 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.

Project Objectives:

  • 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.

Stand Out Results:

Over the life of the COPE project:

  • More than 209,000 OVCs have been served with education, health care, nutritional support, and protection services including obtaining birth and poverty certificates. This is 52% more than the 137,500 targeted by the project.
  • Over 50,000 caregivers have received services or been trained in caring for and providing psychosocial support to OVCs.
  • Collaborations – including block grants – with 54 primary and secondary schools have kept over 7,000 OVCs in school and provided over 75,000 of them with scholastic support such as uniforms, notebooks and more.
  • Income generating activities were initiated and have supported more than 12,000 orphans.

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