Based on 9 years  practical experience, AIFEC has developed a 6-year Model that improves and strengthens emerging groups into mature organizations capable of caring for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in drop-in centres within rural communities.

The goal is to build the capacity of Community-based Organizations (CBO) to:

  • Attain 100% accountability
  • Develop and practice good governance
  • Deliver effective broad based care
  • Scale up services to increasing numbers of orphans and vulnerable children
  • Build their own sustainable organizations

This outcome is achieved through:

  • Long-term, incremental operational grants
  • Capacity-building interventions including training in: Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Accounting, Grant-writing and Strategic planning
  • Agricultural supplies and training for food security
  • Child care and psychosocial support training
  • Certified Health Care Training
  • Ongoing mentoring and coaching by AIFEC field staff and Board members


Our strategy has 3 primary objectives to be reached by 2018:

  1. Twenty seven drop-in centres will serve 10,800 orphans and vulnerable children, providing nutrition and broad-based care, with access to education, health services and social welfare, ARVs where available, youth leadership activities and home-based care.
  2. The Drop-in centres will train 540 childcare workers, and increase their ability to network and find their own resources.
  3. Community workers will extend agricultural training and resources to OVC guardians. AIFEC introduces bona fide micro savings and loans initiatives in their communities, to enhance sustainable economic development to care for their OVC.



In 2002 we found 100 women caring for 280 children, and by 2010 there were over 614 women providing broad-based care to 9,995 children. With the installation of Drop-in Center buildings and gardens, in addition to regular on-site capacity-building visits, these organizations and their networks of women are capable of scaling up to reach increased numbers of children.


The following indicators will be used to determine the status, health and well-being of vulnerable children and orphans affected by HIV/AIDS in the drop-in centres:

  • An increase in literacy levels of children aged 5-18 years.
  • A decrease in the number of children suffering from malnutrition determined by Body Mass Index measurements over time.
  • An increase in social grants accessed.
  • Improved health care and home-based care services with a concurrent reduction in child illnesses such as diarrhea and HIV/AIDS related opportunistic illnesses.
  • A reduction in the number of abandoned and neglected children.
  • OVC household assessments yield psychosocial outcomes indicating abilities for self-care and healthy socialization with peers.
  • OVC access drop-in centers and Early Childhood Development centers regularly.
  • Good school attendance records.  A reduction in  school drop-out rates and increase in number of matriculants.