The GAPA Project (which stands for Grandparents Against Poverty & HIV/AIDS) launched in 2011 thanks to seed funding from Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Secure the Future Fund. GAPA empowers grandparents and orphaned and vulnerable children to fight poverty and HIV/AIDS through support groups, training, and income-generating activities. Grandparents currently in GAPA range in age from 27 to 83 years old.
- GAPA reaches this target population through income-generating activities, psychosocial support, and training on management of orphans and vulnerable children.
- Improve quality of community health through the integration of health education, HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns, capacity building programs and continued support through income generating activities.
- Income-generating activities within support groups include: gardening, poultry keeping, goat keeping, sheep keeping, charcoal selling, farming and bead work. We have also recently added liquid soap making and mat making to the list of activities.
- 56 grandmothers trained on soap making & mat making and 80 grandmothers trained on beadwork for bracelets
- 34 homes have been reconstructed or improved for the health and safety of the grandmothers
- 39 grandmothers so far have accessed microloans to start income-generating activities
- With 465+ known dependents on record, each grandparent cares for at least 6 children.
- 7 total support groups for grandmothers and grandfathers, with around 20+ grandparents in each.
- Increased access to basic education for participating grandparents to promote development.
- Table banking: a small scale microfinance program within each support group, which gives each grandparent the opportunity to launch income-generating activities based on their skill sets.
- Home based check-in and care packages for those clients who are bed-ridden to ensure that they are receiving proper treatment, nutrition, water, etc.
HIV/AIDS Program Director Charles Wachira, interviews GAPA member Cucu Jane on the impact of the program.