Performance

The organization’s performance has been rated through its programs and projects carried out this year as documented below.

1.Comprehensive Assistance Support and Empowerment of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CASE-OVC)

This is a programme funded by USAID that operates under the guidance of U.S. Presidents Emergency Plan for Aids Relief {PEPFAR}. The overall goal of Orphans and Vulnerable (OVC) programming is to build resiliency of families and children affected by HIV and AIDS so that they can meet their health, economic, education, and social development needs. USAID PEPFAR defines OVC as a child, 0-17 years old, who is either orphaned or made more vulnerable because of HIV/AIDS. This means the child has lost one or both parent to HIV/AIDS, who are otherwise directly affected by the disease, or who live in areas of high HIV prevalence and may be vulnerable to the disease or its socioeconomic effects.

 The project uses the Case Management Approach (CMA) that is child-focused and family-centred. CMA in the context of OVC programs, is the process of identifying vulnerable children and families; assessing their needs and resources; working together to establish specific, realistic objectives and goals and planning actions to achieve objectives and goals; implementing plans through completing specific actions and receiving services that ensure children are healthy, schooled, safe and stable; monitoring both the completion of actions (including the receipt of services in a timely, context-sensitive, individualized, and family-centred manner) and progress toward achievement of objectives/goals (e.g., child protection and well-being, including HIV prevention, treatment, and adherence). Case management involves significant collaboration with the client unit— generally a family or household, including a child or children and their caregiver(s)—and utilizes problem-solving.

Case management includes the processes of and related tools for identifying, assessing, planning, referring and tracking referrals, and monitoring the delivery of services in a timely, context-sensitive, individualized and family-centred manner to achieve a specific goal or goals. Within programming for OVC, case management is the foundation to ensuring that children are healthy, safe, stable, and schooled. The case management process includes the following eight steps:

 1) identify vulnerable children using pre-established targeting or eligibility criteria2) enrol eligible children and families 3) assess a child and family’s needs and strengths 4) develop a unique case plan,5) provide direct services or referrals for services, and 6) monitor progress toward case plan achievement through assessments. Assessment results indicate either the need for 7) revision of the case plan and continued program support or 8) the child and their caregivers are ready to graduate from services because they have met both their own goals and those of the program. At this point their case files can be closed. ADS-CR is implementing the CASE-OVC in Baringo and Nakuru counties.

 Baringo County

 In Baringo, we are serving a caseload of 3370 OVC from five sub counties of Baringo County namely; Baringo Central, Baringo North, Baringo South (Marigat), Mogotio and Koibatek by providing care and support services focusing on healthy, safe, stable and schooled domains. It has an M & E officer with an assistant, eight data clerks reporting directly to the M & E officer an accountant.  In addition, the project has four drop in centers manned by seven social workers and two assistants who report to the project coordinators while offering services to project beneficiaries. The head office is situated at the ACK Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherds in Nakuru.

Achievements.

  • There are 3370 active OVC in the project. During the reporting period, 3358(1694m, 1664f) 100% OVC were served.
  • Out of the 3370 active OVC, all had known status, however after introduction of the new MER 3355 have known HIV status, 338(185m, 153f) being CLHIV. Among the CLHIV, 297(159m, 137f) 88% had their viral loads done and 219(113m, 106f) 74% were virally suppressed.
  • There are 30 VSLA in Baringo County. During the month, a cumulative savings of Ksh 1,088,930 was raised and a loan of Ksh 267,300 loaned out to its members and was used for different purposes.
  • The project has collaborated, networked and linked with a number of service providers to provide quality health education and other social services. this include 1health facilities 889 learning institutions.
  • In addressing child protection issues, the project works with department of children services civil registration, law courts, gender desks where 11 child protection points were mapped including 5 quality improvement teams and 66 VCOs.
  • The project works with ART cites facilities through comprehensive care centers in convenient support group meetings for paediatrics adolescent, adults and viremia clinics for client with unsuppressed viral loads.

 

Nakuru County

The project targets 7,631 OVC in Nakuru County, has 3,255 households out of the 8,124 active OVC   by providing care and support services under the Healthy Safe, stable and schooled as well as CASE management strategy.

Achievements

  • The project had enrolled 8124 active OVC which is 118% of the 7631 OVC target for Nakuru county.
  • The project has issued birth certificates to 3568 OVC out of the 8124 targeted OVC.
  • The project is supporting 20 VSLA groups and has been following up on them to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in operation.
  • The project has offered various core services to OVC including: health and nutrition, child protection and legal support, educational and vocational training e.g. hairdressing, psychosocial support and household economic strengthening.
  • The project also supported OVC acquire an education by school fees support for needy beneficiaries, providing candidates with scholastic material, and distribution of school uniforms as per need based.
  • The project has banked on enhancing economic resilience by supporting beneficiaries with start-up kits, follow up on: village savings and loan associations, school-based agriculture and life skills clubs and value chain follow up at grass root level e.g. poultry farming.
  • The project took part in Nakuru and Baringo trade fair show.
  • The project managed to support 82 {47m 35f} from within the project to participate during the Day of the African Child held at the Menengai social hall.

2. Conservation of Kerio Valley Ecosytem (CORKE).

This project is funded by UKAID through the Deepening Democracy Programme {DDP} of the Development Alternative Inc {DAI}, the Community Resilience in Kerio River Ecosystem commenced implementation in April 2018 and closed in August 2019. It was implemented by a consortium that includes the National Council of Churches of Kenya {NCCK}, Christian Impact Mission {CIM}, and Anglican Development Services-Central Rift.

Kerio river which flows along the Kerio valley and a boundary landmark for the 3 targeted counties, is the lifeline of the communities living in Kerio ecosystem; crop farmers, pastoralists and agro-pastoralists. Nevertheless, increasing vulnerability and low resilience continue to affect these communities. Search of water and pasture leads to both inter-county and intra-county conflicts between crop farmers and pastoralists. Environmental degradation, the need to preserve culture and government low investment in pastoralist areas remain key drivers to increasing this vulnerability. Since the CIDPs are the key documents that hold the development priorities of the people, opportunities to address climate change risks will be advanced. More importantly is community capacity to understand the government processes and articulate their issues to the county government. An inter-county platform was then used to strengthen joint efforts around the ecosystem for sustainable livelihoods for both crop-farmers and pastoralists.

 The projects primary objectives were:

  • To enhance the capacity of target communities on climate change governance and county planning.
  • To enhance the capacity of County government to mainstream climate change in county plans.
  • To strengthen the platform for intercounty co-ordination on climate change and resource governance within the Kerio Valley.

The project worked with a number of Community Organizers that were trained on climate change, resource mapping, county government planning and budgeting processes. It employed a participatory approach which entailed; capacity development and mentorship, stakeholder engagement, participatory community resource mapping, advocacy and networking, gender and social inclusion, conflict sensitivity, collaboration and synergies with other actors gearing to overall sustainability.

 The implementing partners had various achievements including:

  • Community participation in ADP and budgeting processes, 8 memos presented.
  • 64 climate change champions created
  • Proposed projects from county government ministries
  • Ministry of Agriculture promised 2 irrigation kits
  • Ministry of Environment promised to plant trees in schools and government offices, soil conservation through gabions
  • Partnership with other stakeholders e.g. Duty bearer, Action Aid etc.
  • Key achievement Recent signing of inter county climate change cooperation agreement on 25th June 2019 at Soi lodge Baringo by 3 Governors.

3. Solai Conservation Agriculture and Livelihood Development Project (SCALDEP)

This is a project funded by the Canadian Food Grain Bank based purely on conservation agriculture as governed by its principles. The main goal of this project was to improve household food security and incomes for smallholder farmers through the practice of conservation agriculture in Solai division. This has been achieved through integrating the practice of CA principles with the utilization of available local resources. This was a five-year project targeting 1,920 smallholder farmers from the three locations of Solai division in Nakuru County. To address food insecurity and root causes, the project worked with 32 contact farmers who enhanced farmer to farmer extension services through the establishment of demonstration plots for other farmers to learn of best practices on CA.

To ease coordination, farmers formed farmer groups (target of 64 farmer groups) which facilitated the transfer of CA knowledge and skills, along with the help of 480 mentor farmers who will be responsible for ensuring the farmers in the group are putting CA into practice. The project also trained area government agricultural extension officers and project staff who will be providing extensions services to communities throughout the project duration and beyond. The project has also incorporated the Village Savings and Loans Association {VSLA}. These are farmer groups that ease the access to credit services and have 3 components: the social fund, savings and shares which act as a pool of funds. They also assist farmers to acquire market information easily and market there produce together so they dictate upon the price.

The SCALDEP project has 3 components:

  • Technical component-this involves capacity building for farmers for them to understand conservation agriculture. It involves either formal or informal training. Incorporating, field days, demonstration sites, farmer to farmer extension and learning groups and exposure visits.
  • Marketing component
  • This caters for the selling of farmers produce. Where farmers are urged not only to target local markets but also higher levels in the value chain. The farmers in the project through this component are urged to be organised in groups to avoid exploitation by brokers.
  • Policy development

The project has formed a conservation agriculture community of practice-including, ADS, a research institute, higher learning institute, and stakeholders in the county and national government. There are no policies in regard to conservation and if they can be put in place it can really help the farmers and generally support conservation agriculture.

 Sustainable Agriculture Food Security project {SAFS}.

This is a project within the SCALDEP project set to fill in two gaps identified during monitoring and evaluation of the project. These gaps are:

  • Inadequate mulching material.
  • limited access to CA tools.
  • This project heeds to these identified gaps by incorporating;
  • Establishment of seed beds for growth of leguminous trees to serve aid in mulching material and livestock fodder with a general aim of agroforestry.
  • Fabricators that have eased the access to CA tools.

 Achievements.

  1. The project has managed to meet its target and surpassed thus achieving 1987{842m 1145 f} who have been trained and adopted CA principles and practices.
  2. Farmers have been trained on post-harvest management technologies to avoid loses of farm produce and maintain quality of farm produce after harvest.
  3. The project has promoted grain storage technology to minimize grain loses.
  4. There is increased knowledge on value chain development and agricultural marketing.
  5. Increased capacity for groups/individuals on financial management through VSLA groups
  6. There is improved access to credit for both men and women.
  7. Improved record keeping for CA farmers thorough provision of the farm record booklets.
  8. Increased access to CA information for both CA and non-CA farmers by use of IEC materials e.g. brochures.
  9. There is increased establishment of networks among stakeholders.
  10. The project has a selected team within the county government to advocate for CA policies.

4. Sustainable Diets for All Project.

Promoting sustainable food systems to enhance food and nutrition security in Nakuru County, is a 20 months project (Nov 2018 – June 2020) initiative implemented by a consortium of two organizations comprising of ADS Central Rift and BEACON, with financial and technical support from Humanist institute for development cooperation with developing countries (HIVOs).

 In Kenya maize remains the most important national staple food with ugali being the main meal in most families. High food prices and extreme weather conditions are contributors of food insecurity. Malnutrition remains high with 26% of children under 5 years stunted and 4% are wasted. Over nutrition is also high with 32.8% of adults being overweight or obese. In Nakuru county stunting levels are at 28%, wasting 5%, underweight 10%, obese6% according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.

 Project Goal

To promote sustainable food systems to enhance food and nutrition security in Nakuru County.

Specific Objectives

The project seeks to achieve the following specific objectives;

  1. To improve production of diverse and healthy foods including nutrient dense crops in rural and urban households in Nakuru.
  2. To increase citizen awareness on Agri-nutrition and Health in Nakuru County and nationally.
  3. To promote consumption of nutrient dense foods at community levels in Nakuru County.
  4. To enhance citizens and multi-stakeholder engagement in advocacy, policy and legislation for Sustainable Diets at National and County level.

The project is working with 90 model farmers in Bahati, Gilgil and Njoro, who have established demonstration farms that fellow farmers can learn. Through this project the organization is developing innovation centres where individuals can readily access information on urban farming techniques to promote food security.

Achievements

  • The project has established 3 innovation centers (1 per sub-county) to showcase agro-ecological practices, post-harvest handling, and value addition.
  • The project has conducted two public dialogues on sustainable diets discourse Bahati and Nakuru West sub-county.
  • The project has held sensitization meetings for members of the county assembly and policy makers in Nakuru county.
  • The project has done 3 media articles on the role of agriculture in advancing nutrition, challenges in nutrition sensitive planning and a blog on healthy diets for a zero-hunger world.
  • The project has participated in Sustainable Agri- food Systems Strategies workshop to discuss research findings.

5.Maisha Thabiti Project

This is a project carried out in Nginyang Division, East Pokot as funded by Diakonia Sweden. It’s a livelihoods project introduced in May 2016. The project covers two locations namely Chemolingot location and Kositei location. The two locations have a land area of approximately 102 km2 and population of 8200 according to 2009 census.

ADS is focusing on introducing new livelihood systems which will help communities cope with the effects of climate change and improve their income and make the communities in the two regions more resilient to the effects of climate change e.g. drought, floods and cattle rustling which often affect the populations in the East Pokot region.

  Project Objectives.

Objective 1: To build capacities of communities to cope with the effects of climate change

Result 1.1: Communities have adopted innovative climate resilient practices and technologies to deal with the effects of climate change

Objective 2: To promote uptake of sustainable livelihood options for households in target counties

Results 2.1. Communities adopting sustainable livelihood options

Objective 3: To advocate for establishment and enforcement of appropriate sustainable climate change resilience strategies

Results 3.1. Appropriate climate resilience strategies mainstreamed in county policies and development plans

To achieve this the project has incorporated some resilience technologies such as:

  • Fencing
  • Moist garden/Kitchen garden
  • Water pans/Silanga
  • Zai Pits

 ADS-CR in partnership with World renew and Precise, did a peace study at East Pokot and Nakuru. The peace study was a new approach of “peace analysis” as opposed to “Conflict analysis”, a new concept in peace and conflict studies.

Achievements

  • The project has assisted communities adopt innovative climate resilient practices and technologies to deal with the effects of climate change. this has been achieved this year through the semi-annual meeting with steering committee, the annual planning meeting with steering committee, sensitization and planning with 83 farmers and gender studies.
  • Communities (70%) have adopted sustainable livelihood options for households in target counties.
  • The project has trained 48 farmers on adaptable agricultural techniques and sustainable livelihood options through an exposure visit at Yatta.
  • The project has given food for work to its farmers.
  • The project has advocated for the development mainstreaming and implementation of climate change resilience policies and strategies in the target counties.
  • The project is working with select community champions to engage with the development of word and county budgeting processes/ prioritization.

Challenges

  • Insecurity in the project area.
  • Low levels of education in the project area.
  • Substance and drug abuse.
  • Harsh climatic conditions in the project area.

6.Elementaita Integrated Project.

 This is an integrated project that has incorporated various components:

  • Food security and environmental conservation
  • Health HIV AIDS, drug and substance abuse,
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene,

This project seeks to improve the lives of the people at Elementaita holistically. To improve the status of food security in the area, the project officers have carried out trainings on adaptable agricultural techniques, water conservation, incorporation of conservation agriculture, diversification of livelihoods and assisted farmers to acquire inputs and select crop varieties suitable according to the Argo-Ecological zone. This has improved the food security and increased the income of farmers, within the project area tremendously over the 7 years of implementation. The project has also incorporated agro-forestry in the program as it seeks to carry out environmental conservation. 

The project has also taken steps in creating awareness and training the communities on the importance of; Antenatal Care, maternity care, vaccination, deworming, care for under 5 children, and the need to seek for medical assistance in the event of a disease. Also, by sensitizing the community to adopt positive health behaviours such as the use of latrines, hand washing, use of treated water for domestic use, abandoning retrogressive cultural practices such as FGM. This brings out the aspect of a healthy community living a dignified life.

Leadership is an important aspect in any community and by training and carrying out capacity building, the project is able to create champions in the community. These are individuals in the community that can take part in public participation forums, run projects and groups effectively and efficiently, basically, they are the voice of the people.

The project has also incorporated the Village Savings and Loans Associations that give the community members an opportunity to pool funds together. The project is also working to improve the education levels of the children in the community and care to the vulnerable children. The Community Health Volunteers {CHVs}have greatly contributed to the care of women and children in the 3 hospitals to which the project is attached to. Peace Building cuts across in the project. Through advocacy and further partnership with the county government and other stakeholders the project is currently doing fine and has an added two years of implementation from the donor.

Achievements

Food security and environmental conservation

  • The project has contributed to food security in the project areas by holding capacity strengthening forums for 60 agricultural CORPS.
  • The project has held animal husbandry upscale training to CORPS.
  • The project has promoted poultry farming among people with disabilities; special groups were supported with 600 chicken.
  • The project has promoted irrigation by offering 30 dam liners for water storage in pans to promote horticulture.
  • The project distributed 4000 tree seedlings to individual farmers so as to help in water conservation and prevent soil erosion.

Health/ HIV AIDS & drugs and substance abuse

  • -The project has worked with community health workers to improve rates of immunisation for children under 5 years, adoption of family planning and voluntary counselling and testing services.
  • The project has helped improve hygienic practices amongst the target communities as a result of access to clean drinking water from safe water sources e.g. roof catchment. 80% of the target community are treating drinking water, washing hands before eating and after visiting the toilet.
  • 90% of the target HHs have latrines in their homesteads which has directly attributed to the work of CHVs and BCP corps on behaviour change activity.
  • Schools which were reached with BCP sessions in the last two years have shown tremendous improvement in their mean scores with a decrease in pregnancy rates among school girls.

 WASH

  • The project did capacity building for seven water structure committees with a total membership of 124. Emphasis was put on leadership and management of water sources available.
  • A number of water committees have adopted some treatment methods at the water source e.g. chlorification.

Leadership and community organisation development

  • The project has strengthened leadership in all the structures it works with including the common interest groups, disaster risk reduction committees, locational development committees and peace committees.
  • LDC have now been incorporated into the new world structure as a voice for development in their areas and the following milestones have been achieved so far; restocking medicine in all the health facilities within the project area, an ongoing construction of a road in the area and construction of three centers for early child development.