The East African Orphan Summit 2016 – Kenya
The OVC Summit 2016 is a forum aimed at bringing together church leaders in Kenya for purposes of building a national wide Christian movement aimed at spearheading child care reforms in Kenya.
There are estimated to be 3.6 million orphaned and vulnerable children in Kenya today, of which 2.4 million are orphans. Of these, between 300,000 and 400,000 are living on the streets while approximately 50,000 are in 1,014 registered and regulated children homes. The number of unregulated and unregistered children’s homes is unknown but expected to be as high as that of the registered ones. Thus, the number of children housed in these orphanages is much higher than estimated.
Children’s homes are a celebrated phenomenon in the Kenyan society. They are by default the most popular remedy to the problem of orphaned and vulnerable children. This is not withstanding their proven deficiency in terms of the psycho-social, cognitive and intelligence development of children. On the other hand, family based cared options in form of domestic adoption, foster care, kinship care and guardianship are still heavily underutilized. This can be attributed to a myriad of factors ranging from lack of awareness, poverty, family disintegration, absence of supportive policies and laws amongst others.
A considerable number of children’s homes in Kenya are owned and operated by churches. Even for those that do not have them they will always have an orphan ministry taking one form or the other. As such, the church is a critical player in child care and protection in the country. The main church umbrella bodies on the other hand are some of the most critical stakeholders in policy making in the country. Their collective voices are always taken into consideration in major policy, legislative and political decisions in the country bearing in mind that 70% of Kenyans profess Christianity.
Consequently, the church should be at the center of any child care reform initiative for purposes of not just input into the policies but also dissemination and implementation of such policies at the grass roots level through the local churches.
The OVC Summit 2016 is a forum aimed at bringing together church leaders in Kenya for purposes of building a national wide Christian movement aimed at spearheading child care reforms in Kenya. The forum will bring together leaders of church umbrella bodies including the National Council of Churches of Kenya, The Conference of Catholic Bishops of Kenya, The Evangelical Alliance of Kenya and the Inter-religious Council of Kenya amongst other local bodies. The summit will provide a platform for church leaders already engaging in OVC ministries through their local churches to share knowledge and experiences.
The summit will comprise of two days of intensive collaborate sessions where church leaders already engaged in child care will share knowledge and interact and two days of plenary and break outs where attendees will have a chance to hear from a variety of well-informed speakers.
The core objectives of the summit are:
- To impart the knowledge of institutionalization and child care reforms on church leaders in Kenya
- To provide a platform for sharing of local and international knowledge and experiences on OVC care
- To come up with a national Christian plan of action for institutionalization and care reforms in Kenya
- To establish a National Christian Alliance to spearhead child care reforms in Kenya
Time and Date
From November 2, 08:00 to November 4, 17:00.
P. O Box 6406