HAWE supports HVCs who have lost one or both parents because of death and is under the age of 18 years and children who needs care and protection including children:
- Living with a chronically ill caregiver, defined as a caregiver who is too ill to carry out daily chores during 3 of the last 12 months
- Living with a caregiver with a disability who is not able to complete household chores
- Of school-going age who is unable to attend a regular school due to disability
- Whose parents or care-givers are unable to provide them clothing and food and pay for education materials and lack parental care and foster family
- Living in a household headed by an elderly caregiver (60 years or older, with no caregiver in the household between 18 and 59 years of age)
- Living in a poor household, defined as a household that spends over 60% of total household income on food
- Living in a child-headed household (meaning a household headed by a child under the age of 18)
HVCs suffer from displacement, marginalization, dissolution of family protection and segregation from the community making them feel they are an economic burden thus they fall behind educationally and even socially. Female HVCs face additional challenges including commercial sexual exploitation. Child girls are actively engaged in commercial sex as a means for survival. They are victims of physical assault, rape, unwanted pregnancies, underage motherhood and lack of self-esteem trauma, rejection and death among others.
According to US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief services for HVCs 6 core areas that can be used in combination with economic strengthening efforts to assist children, families and communities. Taken together these 7+1 components define a broad continuum of care that can provide for the complex needs of children. They are:
- Food and Nutrition Support
-Shelter and Care
- Health Care
- Psychosocial Support
- Education and Vocational Training
- Economic Strengthening
HAWE to date has provided these services for more than 3500 HVCs in the surrounding communities. HAWE has supports poor working mothers through Foster Day Care where the children of single parents, working mothers are kept in foster families during the time the parent is at work. Foster care is an important non-institutional service for the child, whose biological family is unable to care for it, for a short or an extended period of time, due to illness, death, desertion or any other crisis situation. An alternate foster family is identified who will provide temporary or long term care for this child so as to avoid children going out to street. Foster parents are identified and approved after a detailed home study is undertaken. Foster parents may be relatives, neighbors, or friends who are from a similar socioeconomic background and it is pioneer in the field of foster care in the community.
IGA and Sanitary Pads
Support of girls in all educational services, health cares and awareness creations in HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and income generating activities of girls.