OVC Support and emergency response

Scholarship Program

SWAP provides psycho social support, material support and scholarships for selected orphans and vulnerable children. SWAP cost shares with the care takers and community member. Some are referred to us for support by partner organizations. Each case is scrutinized prior to giving support SWAP has help build the capacity of a number of orphans to become self-reliant and some have completed their education and are able to take care of themselves without external support.

Emergency response                                                                            

SWAP is active member of the Western Kenya Humanitarian Hub. Previous SWAP responded to cholera outbreaks and more recently provided massive support during the ongoing flood and back flow of the lake which left many households displaced, properties and livelihood destroyed.  SWAP visited the affected families put up in shelters and provided material support to prevent outbreaks and mitigate the impact. SWAP supported households in over 25 evacuation camps in Kisumu and Migori Counties with distribution of Food and Non-Food Items. SWAP worked in collaboration with partners from the Western Kenya Humanitarian Hub, Local Administration and County and Sub County Health Management Teams. Among the support given was the building of 3 houses of desperate families whose houses were completely destroyed by flood and who had no alternative shelter. SWAP was able to get support from others such as Lake Region Economic Bloc, Lions Club Kisumu Host, Kisumu Business Community, PSK and other well-wishers. SWAP adopted Ombaka Primary School under the Adopt a School Initiative which is introduced by the Lake Region Economic Bloc. SWAP will support the school during the reopening to assist them comply with COVID-19 regulations. This school was used as evacuation camp and the Secondary school still under water is integrated here. SWAP supported Kodiaga Prison with a solar pump and water treatment following shortage of water in the prison.  We received a donation of 10,000 mosquito nets from PSK which were distributed to flood victims, special schools, widow and orphan support groups, people living with HIV, children homes and prisons, the cancer children’s ward and old, sick and vulnerable from low income settlements.SWAP further provided major support during the COVID-19 pandemic which is still ongoing by supporting 133 health facilities in Kisumu County and 27 health care facilities in Rarieda Sub County with hand washing stations and PPE’s. Four facilities benefited from water tanks lacking supply of water. SWAP supported Nyamasao Primary school with connecting their water tanks to the roof to ensure water harvesting since they reported to have no water at all. We have been able and will continue making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities.