AVSI’s presence in Ivory Coast began in 2008 in response to a specific request from USAID and PEPFAR to adapt its successful social and educational project for orphans and vulnerable children which was ongoing in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.
Accepting the the challenge to adapt to a new context and reach a large number of beneficiaries, AVSI maintained its method of building networks and relationships with each individual child and family, and with the surrounding community and associations as all of these have an impact on well-being.
Between 2008-present, AVSI has deepened relationships with communities, government officials at all levels, including with schools and households. Projects range from income generation, and loans & savings to peace building, health, youth development, OVC programming and education.
The World Food Program awarded AVSI a sub-grant to carry out literacy promotion activities, funded by USDA as part of the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program. The project responds to the challenging factors that include the difficulty of access to schooling for girls and low-income populations, below level reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as high repetition and dropout rates. AVSI will support the Ministry to properly train teachers in the reading curriculum and additional resources and will ensure that sufficient support mechanisms are put in place. AVSI will focus on the involvement of the whole community.
AVSI received a sub-grant from JHPIEGO for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded RPP-HIV project, aimed to improve the health status of priority populations through the increase access to quality HIV testing, age-appropriate counseling, enrollment in ARV services and follow-up, including adherence support. AVSI focuses on the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) component, which goal is to improve the capacity of households to provide the basic needs of children, prevent infection by HIV and control the epidemic when the disease is present in the household.
PROJECT TO EMPOWER LOCAL CRAFTSMEN ORGANIZATIONS
AVSI, with CNMCI (National Chamber of Trades), provides technical and material support to strengthen 50 local craftsmen organizations. This support will contribute to empower professional and living conditions for 5,000 craftsmen and their families through capacity building, health insurance, and saving lending groups. AVSI also focused on the identification and registration of 50,000 craftsmen and the diffusion of 5,000 copies of regional and national laws about craftsmen‘s activities.
STRENGTHENING LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR MORE SUSTAINABLE AND QUALITY CARE FOR ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN (2010-2014)
AVSI, with USAID, provided technical and material support to strengthen local community centers and associations to improve the quality of services for 21,450 children in 7,150 families through psychosocial, educational, health, nutrition, local capacity building and economic strengthening activities. AVSI also focused on ensuring a stable adult presence in the life of each child and building networks among families, communities and associations.
Results from OVC project (2010-2014):
- 31,751 vulnerable children, 24,521 adults, 7,000 families benefited from a range of services
- 30 NGOs were strengthened with technical training and financial assistance
- 12% increase in school attendance and better attitudes at school
- Reduction in number of children never tested for HIV
- General reduction in the incidence of common illnesses
- Significant improvement in the average monthly household income