Introduction

Green Zone Agencies (GZA) CBO is an independent non-partisan, non-profit, Community based Organization established in 2016, working towards empowering \orphans and widows infected and affected by HIV AIDS. GZA’s mandate is to advocate and implement policies and programs that enable women and young people to exercise choice, access to services and participate fully in activities that promote their health and well-being. GZA has its headquarters in Kisumu, along the Kisumu-Busia Highway before KEMRI/CDC.

Our Vision

An empowered community with unlimited opportunities for all.

Mission

To empower vulnerable populations to access opportunities necessary for sustainable self-reliance.
Goal: To link vulnerable individuals, communities and existing community organizations to access life changing skills and opportunities. Objectives:  To enhance the capacity of PLWHIV to access care health and social services, through establishing community networks and collaborations in their support.  To Strengthen the capacity of households and communities to protect and care for OVC.  To enhance the capacity of communities to reduce the impact and incidences of HIV/AIDS through appropriate poverty reducing development projects.  Strengthen Child Welfare and Protection Structures and Systems for effective responses Eradication of Gender-Based Violence and Child protection.  To build capacities of community interest groups in modern and appropriate techniques in agricultural practices to boost food security, nutrition and household income.
Philosophy: People have the power to participate in their development.
Core values:  Accountability to resources  Giving hope where there is no hope at all  Dignity of human being, fairness and justice for all  Promotion of people’s participation and local ownership as a backbone to sustainability.  Recognition of the existing indigenous technical knowledge.  Teamwork, commitment and patience for community work in pursuance of holistic development

CURRENT PROJECTS

USAID 4TheChild Program-Tuungane, Tulinde, Tuwekeze Tuboreshe Afya Na Elimu ya Mtoto

GZA is implementing a 5 year orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) program known as USAID 4TheChild program- in partnership with Moi University Collage of Health Sciences (MUCHS -lead partner), Make Me Smile Kenya (MMK) and Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) in the entire  Kisumu West Sub County, Kisumu County. This program addresses the UNAIDS target of 95% 95% 95%

The goal– to increased use of quality county-led health and social services for targeted children and adolescents.” The program seeks to help Children and adolescents living with HIV and those affected by it, to save their lives, defend their rights, help them fulfill their potential whilst empowering local and county-level OVC stakeholders to strengthen the formal and informal HIV, child protection systems and services as well as linkages between them, including multi-sectorial service referrals and coordination to ensure quality service delivery to OVC and their Households. USAID 4TheChild program intends to achieve her goal through three main sub purses:

  1. Increased Targeted Services for HIV Exposed, Infected and Affected O
  2. Increased Economic Stability of HHs to Care and Protect OVC

3.      Strengthened Capacity of Local Social Services Systems and Structures to Support OVC Services

To advance the above, the program integrates OVC/HCBC with the ART (AIDS Relief) and other on-going OVC-PEPFAR programs. Ensuring that the OVC program integrates agriculture and microfinance to promote food security and improve incomes, Initiate collaborative activities with county partners, including Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Development, Children’s Department and other National organizations as appropriate. To create ownership and sustainability, the program will implement J2SR within the coverage area, involving the private service providers as key stakeholders and contributors in OVC service delivery. USAID 4TheChild program uses case management approach to OVC programing.

PAST PROJECTS.

GZA together with CRS implemented USAID MWENDO OVC project  in Kisumu county between April 2018 to May 2021. The project covered Kisumu West Sub county (West Kisumu, North West Kisumu, South West Kisumu and  Kisumu North  Wards) and Seme Sub-county (North Seme, East Seme and West Seme Wards). Our core business was to prioritize interventions for “…CLHIV, Children who are directly affected by the disease, or who live in areas of high HIV prevalence and may be vulnerable to the disease or its socio-economic effects.” This Included; children who have lost a parent to HIV/AIDS, children living with HIV positive caregivers including HIV exposed infants (HEI) and  adolescents living in a high HIV prevalence area (i.e. adolescent girls, children of key populations, children living outside of family care, and those out of school). Our mandate was to reach children that are most vulnerable to HIV infection to mitigate the impact of HIV and prevent new HIV infections whilst doing household economic empowerment to the already affected ones.

GZA was addressing these main objectives:

  1. Increased access to health and social services for OVC and their families.
  2. Strengthen the capacity of households and communities to protect and care for OVC.
  3. Strengthen Child Welfare and Protection Structures and Systems for effective responses.

Our coverage areas for MWENDO project were as follows in Kisumu West and Seme sub-counties. The table below shows the summary of our coverage areas and the number of OVC  targeted:

Partnership

Recognizing that effective, responsive and accountable governance requires the inputs of all stakeholders, we share the learning generated through interventions done. We are committed to inspiring dialogue from the bottom upwards, promoting consultations, building consensus, and facilitating convergence, forging partnerships and engaging diverse stakeholders in all programs we undertakes.

Diversity and Inclusivity

We advocate for and practice inclusiveness in the communities we work with. We recognize diverse strengths, needs, voices, and backgrounds of all members of our community. We respect the diversity of our people as we fulfill our mission. We believe in equality of opportunity for all and to respect for difference.

Integrity and Accountability

We uphold stewardship. We believe in transparency and accountability to our donors and the communities we work with in all undertakings. We are committed to demonstrate accountability to all the partners we work with formally and informally.

Resourcefulness

We recognizing that the people we work with may be constantly in need of information and capacity building. We will continue to be creative and innovative toward generating and disseminating information and current best practice to be adopted

Leadership

We listen to and learn from our community. We address the root causes of community problems and mobilize resources for the common good. Leadership is about giving the voiceless a platform to give their opinion as well as what they feel is best suited to mitigate their problems

our team

Benard

Benard

Director

Team leader

John

John

John is the Project Coordinator​ (PC)

He has 13yrs experience working with and for disadvantaged children in the community. The journey started in 2006, implementing CRS – The Child behind project (TCB) & AED OVC project for 8yrs. He has also worked with OVC sponsorship programs with Compassion International and USAID program. He has worked with OVC in both urban and rural settings looking at the social determinants of health and household economic empowerment model.

Having studied BSc Applied Community Development from Egerton University, he has been privileged to work with the poor of the poorest to better their lives, while at the same time work with resourceful stakeholders to help mitigate problems bedeviling OVCs overtime. This has been specific towards resource mobilization and active participation in OVC sustainability teams/networks.

Rhodah

Rhodah

Rhodah is the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Officer​

She has 7yrs experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of USAID funded projects both in the Agriculture Industry and Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC)  project.

During these years She has been able to implement all the projects successfully through constant Monitoring to ensure that the projects are on track and if need be change strategies to ensure they remain on track and Evaluate them for success and Document lessons learnt.

She has also been able to acquire Team Leadership Skills, Report Writing Skill sand Dissemination Skills and Management of both OLMIS & CPIMS Systems and Staff Skills.

Paul

Paul

Paul is the Household Economic Strengthening (HES) Officer

A teacher …

Dinah

Dinah

Dinah ​is the Finance & Admin (FAD) Officer​

Dinah works out of the Main Office, Kisumu with a Bachelor degree in Business Studies from Maseno University. She ha previously worked for Mombasa Hospital and Village Enterprise as a Finance and Admin Coordinator and has over 4 years experience in Finance Practice.

Contacts

Working hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00-17:00 Hrs (Phone until 17:30Hrs)
Saturday: 8:00-12:00

We are here

Along Busia -Kisumu Rd, P.O BOX 2123, Kisumu.
TEL: (+254) 057 2533159
CELL: (+254) 0722869891, (+254) 0735394975
Email: info@greenzoneagencies.co.ke
www.greenzoneagencies.co.ke

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