Grassroots Alliance For Community Education
Date:April 05, 2018

The New Partners Initiative (NPI) Program

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In 2008, G.R.A.C.E. received a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), under the umbrella of the New Partners Initiative (NPI). The aim of the grant was to support Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and their households in three provinces in Kenya (Nyanza, Eastern, and Central) between December 2008 and November 2011. G.R.A.C.E. implemented the NPI program in partnership with 15 community-based organizations that had experience in supporting OVC programs.

NPI program activities included the provision of education and related services to OVC aged 3-6 years in community ECD centers; strengthening the capacity of caregivers and other vulnerable community members in economic well being, child protection, psychosocial support, food and nutrition; and promoting HIV prevention through public education and Behavior Change Communication (BCC).

The NPI program was implemented in partnership with 15 local partner organizations located in Nyanza, Eastern and Central provinces of Kenya. To provide technical support to the 15 partners, the program was implemented in collaboration with four organizations: Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH), UZIMA Foundation, Population Services International (PSI), and Children Legal Action Network (CLAN). In addition, G.R.A.C.E. worked with SAHAYA Deaf Kenya to provide HIV Prevention services for deaf children. G.R.A.C.E. also received technical support from NUPITA.

Several line ministries and government departments also supported the implementation of the program mainly at the district level. These included the Ministries of Education, Agriculture, Public Health and Sanitation, Gender, Children’s Services, and the local government. G.R.A.C.E. worked closely with both the in-country USAID team and the Government of Kenya through partners’ meetings and participating in national workshops.

To promote community ownership and sustainability, G.R.A.C.E. trained representatives of caregivers, community members, CBO staff, ECD teachers and neighboring primary schools in various service areas. The trained personnel served as volunteers to reach the caregivers and community members with appropriate information and skills.

The capacity of all the 15 local partner organizations was built through the provision of IT equipment; strengthening of existing structures and governance systems, training and mentorship in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Financial Management, Resource Mobilization, and strengthening of referral systems for better coordination of services.

Below is a map of Kenya illustrating the geographical coverage of the NPI Program