Impact of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children’s (OVC) Intervention Programs on their Holistic Wellbeing in Kenya.
This paper examines the impact of OVC intervention programs on the holistic wellbeing of children in Residential children homes in Kajiado West sub-county. The question however is, how effective are the programs conducted in these homes to the wellbeing of the children? A mixed-methods research design was adopted for the study using both qualitative and quantitative data. Targeting one residential home in the sub-county that comprised children between the age of 12 to 25 years, a sample of 20 children was purposively selected from eighth grade, high school and tertiary institution going children as they were at a stage where they could provide relevant information given the length of their stay at the residential home. Data was then collected using self-administered questionnaires and an interview guide, which was further analysed descriptively, drawing findings, conclusions, and recommendations. The study evaluated the overall wellbeing of the children in various aspects, including their education, shelter, food and nutrition, economic status, protection, mental health and family with food and nutrition, shelter and spirituality having a higher impact at an average mean of 2.76, 2.73 and 2.73 respectively. Among the programs evaluated, mission visitors played a significant role in influencing children’s holistic wellbeing depicting a mean of 2.73 followed by talent identification programs at 2.50, Computer Programs at 2.40, Music lessons at 2.11 and Foreign Language at 2.00.