St. Camillus Dala Kiye Program is founded on Christian virtues of love and compassion to deprived and devastated children in the community. The Program is an initiative of the St. Camillus Mission and the surrounding Christian community to address the needs of Orphans and other children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.
For over two decades, a number of children have been orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS in Nyatike and Gwassi communities. According to Kenya AIDS indicator survey, (KAIS) 2012 provisional findings, the prevalence of Nyanza where Nyatike and Gwassi fall stand at 15.1% as compared to the national prevalence of 5.6%. Migori County in Nyanza leads with the highest number of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in the region. Further, the deepening and pervasive poverty in Nyatike community blow the situation around the children out of proportion. These children become deprived and devastated. A majority of these children live with their economically weak extended family members while others live in disjointed male/female headed households that are prone to insecurity and abuse. Some of the OVC are already infected with HIV. Owing to their orphan hood and their already vulnerable status, these children face myriad of difficulties. Their needs that are never met include medication, protection, shelter and psychosocial support. These expose them to risks that threaten their lives in terms of growth and development.
Currently, the Program is implementing a number of interventions that are all focusing on children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. These interventions were specifically designed to help improve the quality of life of the targeted children. The interventions include health support, education support, shelter and care, psychosocial support, food and nutrition support, economic empowerment to caregivers and child protection.
The major actors in the area of operation include Government of Kenya, Non-Governmental Organizations, Faith Based Organizations and Community Based Organizations. Within the Government, the Department of Children’s services takes charge of the coordination of care and support services to children. Key professional staff members of the Department are the sub – county level Children’s Officers who bear the responsibilities of working with all organizations working with and for children in Nyatike and Suba Sub – Counties. In recognition that the protection of children’s rights is a responsibility that goes beyond the Children’s Department; the Children Bill has incorporated the other government ministries to ensure services provided to children are holistic. Dala Kiye Program operates under the auspices of the Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay and has consistently worked with supportive Provincial Administration systems and Political leaderships. The organizations have close links with other government departments and organizations in her work. These include but not limited to Ministry of Health, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts and Ministry of Education, Ministry of interior coordination and national government, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender affairs