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Community Action for Health and Development

1.2 million Kenyan children currently orphaned by HIV/AIDS.


CAHED is an independent not-for profit community Based Organization (CBO) registered with Ministry of Gender, Sports, Children and Social services. The organization geared towards the abolition of child abuse and neglect and empowerment of the youth and other disadvantaged person’s. We are working with the orphans and vulnerable children, girls and women, the youths and the most vulnerable communities of Homa-Bay County which is part of 47 counties forming Kenya. It is located in the south-western part of Kenya along Lake Victoria.

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132 million children in the developing world have lost a parent.


Community Action for Health and Development was founded in the year 2008 as a Community Based Organization by a group of minded young persons in the development mainstream as a means of doing service above self by championing for the rights of underprivileged young persons, children and the poor in our community for empowerment and equity.
It was realized that this organization must also address the plight of children that were left behind the widows as orphans and the vulnerable children who were left to yonder after the death of their parents. Therefore, the organization is currently focusing on issues that affect the growth and development of the youths, the children and other vulnerable and disadvantaged community members’ in Homa-Bay Municipality And pilot project in Nairobi slums.

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One billion children are currently living in poverty.


CAHED has been involved in HIV/AIDS mainstreaming and other related interventions since 2008. Currently CAHED is involved in implementation of HIV/AIDS project in Homa-Bay town, one of the deep heated towns with HIV/AIDS in the county. The project is not supported but is carrying out its activities through organizations initiatives.
The main activities include community capacity building through training of CORPS, vocational training for orphans and vulnerable children, awareness creation through peer educators and micro enterprise development.


CAHED is currently trying to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS with it’s Area Development Program activities. The program has started home-based care programs, peer education of school children, church leaders and community members.
There is also a Life Initiative project where OVC and their households are given food supplements donated by well-wishers as a short-term intervention. We are developing concept paper for long-term interventions in OVC support project.

Over 9 million children die yearly of disease and malnutrition.


Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) face a number of challenges, including finding money for school fees, food, clothing, and access to basic healthcare. Their desperation makes them more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, ultimately making them more susceptible to contracting HIV. Less than 15 percent of OVC receive any kind of international support – the majority of the support they receive come from their own communities. Effective responses to the challenges facing these children must strengthen the capacity of families and communities to continue providing care, protection, and assistance to them at minimum, meeting their basic needs.

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HIV Destroys Families

As one can imagine, the loss of a parent (or both parents) profoundly affects a child economically, psychologically and socially. UNICEF’s Unite for Children Unite against AIDS’ Framework for the Protection, Care and Support of Orphans and Vulnerable Children living in a World with HIV and AIDS enumerated the following effects of sickness and death of a parent upon children:

  • Economic hardship – As parents succumb to sickness, they become unable to provide for their child financially and what little savings are available goes towards health care costs. As a result, children’s needs, such as school fees and clothing, aren’t able to be met.
  • Lack of love, attention and affection – While children of all ages need emotional support and stimulation, young children may be left without responsive care, stunting the child’s emotional development and sense of wellbeing.
  • Withdrawal from school – Often times, children become the care takers of a sick parent and are unable to attend school. Financially, families may no longer be able to afford school fees, supplies and uniforms as sickness devours the family’s finances.
  • Psychological distress – Children suffer from the fear of loss once a parent has been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS as well as the stigma that accompanies the disease in many regions of the world.
  • Loss of inheritance – In many countries around the world, property and inheritance laws do not protect the rights of orphans and widows and they are prohibited from claiming what is rightly theirs. Even when inheritance laws are on the books they are often not enforced.
  • Increased abuse and risk of HIV infection – Without parents to look out for their best interests, children can fall prey to sexual exploitation and child labor in order to provide for their needs. Because of the high-risk behavior in which they may be forced to engage, orphaned and vulnerable children are at an elevated risk for contracting HIV.
  • Malnutrition and illness – Orphaned children are at an elevated risk for malnutrition and illness in addition to a lack of access to health care.
  • Stigma, discrimination and isolation – When they are orphaned by HIV/AIDS, children must often time leave their familiar surroundings and may not be as readily accepted by extended family members. Even when children remain in familiar surroundings, they may become victims of discrimination or isolation due to common misunderstandings of the disease and how it is spread.
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77 million children are unable to attend school.

Child Prostitution & Beyond


60 percent of female children are prostitutes here.

Shauri -Yako slum program has started OVC initiatives project, which is at its initial stages. This project hope to mobilize community and empower them to take responsibility for the well-being of OVC affected by HIV/AIDS. Thus, the strategies used will strengthen existing resources, coping mechanisms and support capabilities within the family and community structures and will facilitate networking and collaborating between community-based organizations and outside resources.

When children are orphaned, they become vulnerable to a whole host of dangers in the name of supporting themselves and their siblings. Children who have been orphaned often drop out of school to provide for themselves and to pay for food and school fees for younger siblings. Orphaned children often fall prey to sexual exploitation and possibly prostitution; they may be co-opted into joining militias or armed groups or forced into domestic servitude. UNICEF noted some staggering statistics regarding the affects of being orphaned upon children. In the slums of Shauri- Yako, the school attendance rate for children living with at least one parent is 70 percent; for double orphans, it is 55 percent.

CAHED intends to support over 100 Children in this program with the current number of 50 in the slum and many more OVCs are left out. The number of OVC in the programs area where we work now is not known. We are aware there are vulnerable children living with very ill parents and other child headed families but we do not know exactly how many they are.
In order for CAHED to have meaningful programs, a baseline survey has been found crucial for the success of this project, to establish how many OVC there are and what happens to those whose parents die.


In this slum over 72 percent of domestic workers are child orphans.

Shauri -Yako


Shauri -Yako is a Kiswahili word which literally means, “at your own risk”. It has a history of “Sodom & Gomorah” where prostitution and drunkenness was the order of the day.
In this same slum 60 percent of Girl children engaged in commercial sex and 52 percent of them are below 14 years. Over half the children working full time in fishing are Shauri-Yako orphans.

Our children support appeal for donors, well-wishers, friends, as well as local and international organizations who have an interest in children’s education, food, clothing, medicine or health services, shelter, on the ground to those families who need it most.

Thank you for standing with us.


Support our mission

How your money will be used:

A donation of $10 will allow us to provide personal effects for one child for 3 months.

A donation of $10 will allow us to provide books or pens for one child for one year.

A donation of $10 will allow us to provide clothing that will benefit one child for a year.

A donation of $20 will allow us to provide health care support access for one child for 3 months.

A donation of $20 will allow us to provide a child going to school with food pack supplement for a month.

A donation of $20 will allow us to provide School uniform for one child in a year.

A donation of $30 will allow us to provide a child with food pack supplement for the child and the family dwelling for a month.

A donation of $30 will allow us to provide bedding for one child in a year.

A donation of $500 will allow us paying school fees for one orphan in secondary school for a year.

A donation of $500 will allow us to provide a christmas gift for 50 orphans in supported by our charity every year.

In case of cash donation, you can also send it via western union/money gram or just send cheque/pay order payable to community action for health and development or can do the wire transfer using the below information:

Ms. Rael Achieng Ogutu
Executive Director
Community Action for Health And Development
Address: P.O.BOX 641,
Town: Homa Bay(40300),
Postal code: 40300,
Country: Kenya.
Cell phone: +254725709631/+254 710810910
E mails: cahedchildrenrescue@gmail.com

PS: In lieu of a financial donation, we’d be happy to accept any donation in form of donated dollar gift. Please note: Our Organization is non-profit making charity institution working to help the most vulnerable children in Kenyan community informal settlements. We are grateful once more for your concern and hope to hear from you in cooperation and partnership soon.

Our Location

Bordering Kisumu County to the north across the lake, Migori County to the south and Lake Victoria to the west. It is located between longitude 34º E and 34º 20” and latitudes 0º 20”S and 0º 52”S. The County covers an area of 8,056 km² exclusive of water. The county comprises of 16 islands, 5 District with the two biggest islands Mfangano followed by Rusinga. The water mass covers an area of 1,190 km².

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