Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 4473
Country/Region: South Africa
Year: 2007
Main Partner: FHI 360
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $382,895

Funding for Care: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (HKID): $382,895


This FHI Track I Faith-Based Regional Initiative for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (FABRIC) activity is linked to the FHI OVC Mission-funded PEPFAR activity (#7984) that will use capacity building tools such as the Organizational Performance Capacity Assessment Tool (OPCAT) to improve NGO capacity for managing OVC programs.


FHI will continue to support the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) and its sub-recipients (SRs) in OVC program design, implementation and direct OVC service provision through ongoing training, mentoring and support. FHI will continue to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system through quality assurance and improvement procedures and regular data verification checks. The emphasis areas for this program are local organization capacity building, community mobilization/participation, development of networks and linkages, quality assurance/improvement and training. The primary target populations are OVC and caregivers.


FHI together with SACBC began implementing the Track 1 FABRIC program across 11 sites in South Africa in February 2006. In FY 2007, the SRs will reach OVC and their families with psychosocial support, educational support, nutritional support, economic support, health care, palliative care, legal support, pediatric treatment referrals and child protection services. The program will encourage home and community-based care referrals and will integrate age-appropriate HIV prevention messages in its key activities. The major components of this program are: 1) capacity building in OVC program design and implementation; 2) collaboration and coordination with government and other services/programs for the provision of quality care and support to OVC; 3) effective M&E; and 4) gender mainstreaming. These activities are directly aligned to the South Africa Department of Social Development (DoSD) strategic priorities for OVC in its national plan of action for OVC for 2006 to 2008. Strategy one seeks to strengthen the capacity of families to provide essential care and support for OVC. Strategy two seeks to mobilize communities to care for OVC. The remaining DSD strategies focus on creating an enabling environment in terms of policy, legislation, advocacy and coordination. FABRIC will ensure that each OVC gets at least 3 services, per the South Africa PEPFAR guidance.



FHI will provide further technical assistance to SACBC to strengthen their organizational capacity to support SRs using tools such as OPCAT. Both FHI and SACBC will continue to provide assistance in project and financial management and OVC technical areas to SRs to improve the quality of their OVC programs. This support will include training and ongoing supervision and mentoring. FHI will ensure that SACBC together with each SR have clear sustainability plans and will provide training and links to other providers for the establishment of creative income-generating activities (IGAs) to support OVC and their families. FHI will develop wrap-arounds with other partners for food and nutrition assistance to ensure more sustainable food and nutrition support. Public-private partnerships will be encouraged at the local level, for example soliciting support from local businesses such as bakeries.


In line with the DoSD policy framework for OVC, FHI and SACBC will jointly boost networks developed with government and with other USG partners. FHI and SACBC will work closely with DoSD through forums such as the National Action Committee for Children Affected by AIDS (NACCA) and the provincial and district committees to strengthen networks and linkages to improve care and support for OVC and also to link caregivers to other government programs. FHI will ensure that strong referral systems are in place at local level for the provision of essential services such as health care, educational support, food security and nutrition and legal assistance. FHI will continue to

support community mobilization and coordination. SRs will be encouraged to liaise with community leaders and community members to target the most vulnerable, identify local resources and develop linkages with other services. In FY 2007, FHI will emphasize pediatric treatment. SRs will be supported in conducting mapping exercises to identify the nearest treatment sites for pediatric referrals. SRs will be trained in basic pediatric HIV testing, treatment and care in order to provide essential information and support for pediatric treatment to OVC and their families. All referrals will be tracked closely to ensure the referral service has been provided and the feedback form has been completed and returned to the SR by the referral site. Age-appropriate prevention messages and life skills programs will be integrated into the after-school care program.


FHI will strengthen technical skills around M&E for SACBC and the SRs through ongoing training and mentoring. FHI will compile, integrate and analyze existing and new data and will participate in the documenting of the OVC model of care to be conducted by USG. FHI will participate and provide ongoing comments in the development of the national DoSD M&E system and will ensure that the indicators required for the national database are included and collected by the SRs. FHI and SACBC will implement information verification procedures as part of regular site visits and will ensure that the M&E forms are translated into local languages in low-literacy areas.


In FY 2007 gender will form an integral part of the FABRIC program's activities. FHI will ensure that girls and boys are receiving equitable support and access to essential OVC services, especially education. Partners will work with male groups in their dioceses to mobilize the involvement of men as caregivers. Female child-headed households will receive special attention to ensure that the burden of care on them is decreased and that they continue to access education and to receive adequate mentoring and support. Communities will be mobilized to enforce OVC protection from exploitation and abuse and to mitigate against stigma and discrimination. Advocacy initiatives will also be conducted at the congregational level to ensure that the church is supportive and promotes the same messages to address gender inequities. FHI will link gender to sustainability efforts by improving access to training and resources for female primary and secondary caregivers. FHI will set-up a tracking system to ensure that equitable access to care and support is enhanced and that activities addressing gender inequities and child protection are recorded and reported.


Improve reach (# of OVC) and coverage (# of geographic regions) in 14 sites across 8 provinces; Strengthen the capacity of SACBC and its SRs to effectively coordinate and sustain programs at the local level; Enhance skills and knowledge of caregivers through training in OVC technical areas; Improve the FABRIC M&E system and align with the DSD national system and indicators through quality assessment and improvement; Equitable access to care and support and resources for male and female OVC; Increase in the number of male caregivers trained and mentored to care for OVC; Establish linkages to income generation service providers and training opportunities for SRs and families caring for OVC; and Increased awareness and community mobilization against gender-based violence and child abuse.

Through these activities, FHI will assist PEPFAR to achieve its goal of caring for 10 million people, including OVC. By the end of the third quarter of FY 2006, FHI had directly reached over 2,915 OVC with a minimum of 3 services and a another 2,258 OVC indirectly.

Subpartners Total: $500,000
Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference: $500,000