affirmative action among the Widowed and orphaned communities; it has conducted Civic education and mobilized the community on civic engagement issues; enhanced capacity building on income generating mechanisms; initiated awareness campaigns on reproductive health and the environmental issues; advocated best containment practices on drug, gender issues, general Human rights, Advocacy and lobbying, it has developed appropriate response strategies in tackling HIV/Aids and sexually transmitted infections. HOYWIK has concentrated the bulk of its work in the Kibera slums in Nairobi - arguably the largest informal settlement scheme in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is at this slum that poverty levels are on the rise and the challenge of meeting other millennium development goals remains a daunting task. HOYWIK also embraces networking and partnerships to execute most of its programmes and projects.

Current Activities

  1. Building local Governance
  2. Peace building and conflict management.
  3. Mitigation of HIV/AIDS
  4. Counseling.
  5. Orphans support/Sponsorship
  6. Horticultural farming (Nutrition)
  7. Education
  8. Advocacy and lobbying through (Trainings /Workshops/Seminars).
  9. Networking and Collaborations.
  10. Environmental and water sanitation.
  11. Sporting/Theater activities
  12. Income generating activities (IGAs) for poverty alleviation.

Governance and leadership
The Board of Directors who includes the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, PLWHA Representative, the Disabled person, Youth Representative and Gender Representative, governs HOYWIK; the Board is the policy-making organ for the organization.
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Mission of the organization
HOYWIK exists to champion, lobby for the rights, and specific general needs of the welfare of Orphans, Youth and Widows through advocacy for their role in the implementation of sustainable developmental programmes in the community.

Vision of the organization
Having a society where the rights of the vulnerable persons are appreciated, guaranteed, protected and also where such persons are accorded opportunity to live in dignity through easy access to health care, education, information, shelter and other basic needs.

Our Core Values
The core values are central guiding principles, which are basic and should not be violated in the conduct of HOYWIK Programmes business. They are meant to guide behavior and form the basis of HOYWIK’s culture. HOYWIK’s core values include Teamwork, Human rights, Innovativeness, Integrity, Excellence, Transparency, Responsible, Accountable, and Inclusive Leadership.

Integrity and patriotism
HOYWIK will endeavor to guarantee community members the best quality products, fast and efficient services. Its staff shall give their best to national building by exhibiting high standards of integrity.

Innovativeness and creativity

This is the basis of our future success of HOYWIK. Our commitment to service excellence will be demonstrated by our continuous improvement through creativity and innovativeness.

Professionalism, teamwork, and excellence

HOYWIK values effective teamwork, Networking and Collaboration when delivering services. The organization will support and facilitate teamwork by recognizing both team and individual effort, output, continuous learning, accepting change and serving citizens professionally. We strive to attain the highest standards in all that we do.

Inclusiveness Leadership, Human rights
We strive to ensure effective youth participation and representation at all levels of decision-making, so that young people can gain a sense of contributing something of value to the society at large, feeling connected to others and to the society, belief that they have choices about their future and feeling of being positive and comfortable with their own destiny.

Equity\equality, Transparency, Responsible and Accountable
We strive to ensure equity and equality and advocate for structures, systems and processes that facilitate achievement of youth, PLWHA, Children, Women parity\integrity, honesty and accountability, we will integrate good governance at all levels. We strive to serve community in an honest, trustworthy and transparent manner.

Track Record Achievements/ Success story and Partnerships
2009 Received a joint Project support Seed grant from Global Health Action for Orphans, Support
2008 Held a joint intercommunities and Youth peace dialogue forums with funding from PeaceNet Trust in Kibera and Kawangware slums to discuss the post election violence crisis. Read more

Challenges

  1. No proper funding scheme for most of our programmes activities.
  2. High level of poverty in the community we serve due to poor Socio-economic situation among the infected and affected families we normally target.
  3. High level of community ignorance and among the clients we do attend to.
  4. No proper treatment for client’s due to lack of drugs (ARVs) and other supplements to most of these families.
  5. Poor information breakdowns within the community due to lack of proper Equipments in the community.
  6. Lack of incentives for the community volunteers/ members and staffs.

Future Plans
We are seeking various partners to help the organization realize the following: -

  1. Improve the build to accommodate the both Full Primary and Secondary
  2. Develop Advocacy programs on good governance
  3. Develop media engagement programs
  4. Develop several strategic partnerships with like minded organizations.
  5. Develop a web page for HOYWIK
  6. Initiate a VCT /Clinic Center in urban slums.
  7. Develop an endowment fund to support the HOYWIK projects.
  8. Initiate Rehabilitation Vocational Centre both in urban areas to support Orphans above 18yrs of age.
  9. Expand our Mini Community Resource Centre embrace information flow.
  10. Establish a Community Pharmacy to help in easy access of the drugs for the vulnerable children.

Kibera Slums
Kibera slums cover an area of about 40sq km with a population approximately size of 1.3million people. Out of the 40sp Km, the project reaches seven stations that cover approximately 9sq km with a population size of one million people. There are approximately 80,000 households within the project catchments. It is estimated that one Million poor households live within the project area. The area is densely populated and with informal type of settlements. There are no proper Roads and many of the buildings are constructed without proper planning, in fact many of the areas are only accessible by foot.

Most of the houses are made of tins; without Clean Water and proper sanitation. Many of the people living in this area are unemployed, while a few are engaged in informal jobs like selling Charcoal, local liquor brew, maize roast, washing clothes to earn their livelihoods. The Poverty has made it had for most of the vulnerable children, youth and Women in Kibera slums to acquire some of the basic needs.

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