To improve the social resilience of 7,000 households in Gwassi Hills (Kenya), Help a Child is implementing the Gwassi Integrated Community Empowerment Program (GICEP). The program supports the social and agri-business development of the region and is carried out in close cooperation with the Undugu Society of Kenya.

Improving the resilience of 7,000 families is expected to impact the lives of more than 30,000 children. By equipping these families with the relevant skills they will be able to deal with the setbacks and challenges that prevent them from realizing their potential.

In 2014, GICEP was initiated with an extensive context analysis and a participative community development process. The implementation of the social component of the programme began in 2015.

In order to realize the program’s goals in the Gwassi division, the project has defined the following outcomes to be achieved by 2019:

· Community resilience: increased social and household resilience of 7,000 households through better functioning community structures in 70 villages;

· Quality basic education: improved access to education for 14,000 children in pre-primary, primary and secondary schools in these villages;

· Youth Technical/Agricultural Vocational Educational Training (TVET/AVET) and Business Development Services: increased participation of 2,450 youths between 15 to 27 years in economic sectors;

· Strategic partnerships and collaborations with key stakeholders: Development of multi-sector networks in which stakeholders at the local, regional, national and international level contribute to the well-being of children in Gwassi.

In order to monitor the progress of the program, Help a Child has developed a rigorous monitoring, evaluation and learning system. Furthermore, we have also added a capacity building element to the project to strengthen the skills of our local partner, Undugu Society of Kenya, in areas like child rights, vocational skills training and group development.

The total budget of the social project is almost €2,5 Million for the period 2015-2019.