GAPA focuses on grandparents who are not just facing the grief of losing their own children but must now face the additional psychological hardship of raising their grandchildren with little to no economic resources. In many cases, grandparents inherit the additional responsiblity of caring for orphaned and vulnerable children of friends and relatives. GAPA aims to combat poverty among the 150 grandparents through sustainable entrepreneurship skills to improve livehood.
- 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 ithe 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 for sale in Whole Foods
- 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
- Currently over 150 grandparents enrolled in Maai Mahiu and surrounding areas, with 20 grandparents linked to the Adult Literacy Program.
- With 465+ known dependants 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.
- CTC has recently implemented the program by providing goats to the grandparents who can in turn drink the milk and sell the goats.
- 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, ensure that they are receiving proper treatment, nutrition, water, etc.
- With the heavy rain and poor terrain, many people in Maai Mahiu live in very meager living situations. CTC set out to assess each grandparent's housing, assisting those in need to improve these conditions. The program, the community, and community health officers worked together to improve the homes of four grandmothers, enabling them to suitably accomodate the children under their care.
HIV/AIDS Program Director Charles Wachira, interviews GAPA member Cucu Jane on the impact of the program.