What We Do

Our Programs

We provide comprehensive, evidence-based education and community-level health programs to help children and their families thrive. As part of this, we research, design and evaluate programs to ensure they are having a positive impact.

All of our programs are centered around the The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model and the Coordinated School Health Program. 

At the center of each of these programs are community centers or satellite sites — helping to create deep connections across communities.

We are currently only working with primary and junior high schools but plan to extend all programs into senior high schools over time. If you would like to learn more about how HVK could work with your school, please e-mail us.

DEPARTMENT OF RESEARCH AND PROGRAM DESIGN

We research, design, monitor and evaluate innovative models to impact the health and well-being of citizens living in low-income countries. Since 2016, we designed Project REACH, our off-line e-learning program to address poor literacy. Project REACH is now in implementation stage. We are designing our second education readiness program, 21st Century Success. These two education programs allows us to develop a Teacher Training Initiative to support teachers to adopt these programs. 

Also, we have partnered with Dr. Jill McCracken from the University of South Florida to conduct focus groups with key population (LGBTQ, sex workers, and youth 10-19 years) for the development of a Sexuality Education, Risk, and Violence (SERV) program.

School-Based Education Programs

Lab-in-a-Box

Lab-in-a-Box tools support teachers in rural primary and secondary schools. This includes tablets and an offline e-learning system to support science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) education. Teachers receive five days training before the start of the school year and four additional workshops annually. Lab-in-a-Box is paired with a solar-powered system for schools without electricity.

Target Population

Primary and junior high school students and teachers

Goal(s)

  • To increase educational technology at resource-low schools
  • To train teachers to use the technology
  • To improve STEAM and literacy among students

Since July 2018

  • Teachers Trained = 20
  • Students Reached = 1,033
  • Tablet Laptops/GSAP Portal Donated = 34

We are committed to the long-term support and sustainability of every project we undertake.

The 21st Century Success

The 21st Century Success program equips children with the skills they need to excel in the modern world. The program motivates students to reach their goals through field trips, guest speakers and skill development.

The program is coupled with a technology system, GSAP Lab-in-a-Box (created by Dr. Stephen Mecca at Providence College S-lab).

School-based Health Programs

Sexuality Education Risks, and Violence (SERV)

We are currently developing a health education program with the support of Dr Jill McCracken, Associate Professor of Rhetoric at the University of South Florida St Petersburg and the Co-Founder/Co-Director of Sex Workers Outreach Project Behind Bars.

Dr McCracken is currently developing the Sexuality Education, Risk, and Violence (SERV) program in the Tampa Bay area, and is exploring how this program might be replicated in Liberia. The SERV project delivers a sexual risk reduction intervention for youth and measures the impact of this intervention on an individual’s self-esteem, sexual behaviors and experiences of sexual violence.

Nutrition Program (feeding program)

HVK Children’s Foundation is developing an assessment to determine baseline data to identify priority areas for the development of interventions. The assessment will measure poverty at the family level; food insecurity; school feeding and other economic and behavioral practices relating to feeding or malnutrition among school-aged children.

Target population: Parents, school administrators, teachers and students

Immunizations, Dental and Eye Care

HVK Children’s Foundation will partner with the Ministry of Health to provide schools with up-to-date health information and to ensure the protection of children and school staff.  Under this plan, HVK will ensure all children are immunized, de-worm, and have received dental and eye check-up based on the guidelines.

Community-based Programs

Over the next 5-years, we plan to gain national and international support and to commence the conversation which will lead to the developing programs to combat substance abuse & mental health (psychosocial programs for victim) and programs to help communities improve their built-environment.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (Wash)

Interventions to improve water supply, sanitation and hygiene alone are estimated to reduce child mortality by 65 per cent. These environmental factors also contribute to life-long illness and disability triggered by the risks encountered in childhood

GOAL 6 OF THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS TO ENSURE WATER AND SANITATION FOR ALL

HVK Children’s Foundation partners with the Global Sustainable Aid Project to provide sanitary school latrine using the Microflush off-grid system. Since  2015, funding and partnership from the Rotary Club Foundation of Foxborough, Massachusetts and the Global Sustainable Aid Project (GSAP) created the Water, Sanitation  and Hygiene Program (WASH). The early implementation of the program reached individuals from the low-income communities in Liberia to afford their own GSAP Microflush latrine. Since receiving the grant, 4 masons have been trained to construct the GSAP Microflush latrine; we sensitized churches and two communities about the sanitation micro-loan, constructed a latrine at one school and engaged the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) in Liberia to implement our model.

Moving forward, we are involved with this project in two ways: as a School-based Latrine Program and as a Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) effort.

How many people in Liberia are without sanitary latrine?

Access to improved drinking water
75%

(93% urban, 58% rural)

Access to adequate sanitation
44%

(63% urban, 27% rural)

About the Microflush Latrine

  • The GSAP Microflush latrine is a hygienic and sustainable bio-fil toilet that isolates wastes from human space,
  • The GSAP fabricated Microflush valve flush on 1 cup of water (150cc) which comes from hand washing,
  • All materials used to construct the toilet can be locally found in Liberia,
  • The user experience of the toilet is a clean bowl on every visit, no smell, odor, or flies
  • GSAP Microflush requires no septic tank, and no frequent dislodging,
  • Dislodges every two years and substances can be cultured for agriculture purposes
  • It is a cost effective solution to improving hygiene and sanitation in urban and rural areas.

What HVK Provides

For Schools

  • Small grant opportunity to support the construction of the Microflush latrine; HVK Children’s Foundation will match the grantee both financially and with our latrine method.
  • HVK Children's Foundation will train a team of masons (women also prefer), NGOs, non-profits, government institutions, and anyone interested to construct the Microflush latrine.

For Communities

We are engaged with interested communities by means of the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) model. CLTS is a community engagement method that mobilizes communities to eliminate open defecation. We will train members of the community to build the Microflush latrine; the community will provide the following: a) the land, b) some basic materials, c) and laborers. Members will also receive basic health promotion education about way to manage their latrine, as well as ways to improve their sanitation and hygiene.

Monitoring and Evaluation

HVK Children’s Foundation is invested in the full cycle of implementing health programs.  From assessment to strategic planning to program design, monitoring and evaluation of all programs to ensure quality assurance and impact.

We are interested in these types of assessments:

  • Survey Methodology
  • Poverty and Food Security Assessment
  • Community Needs Assessment
  • Assessments for Specific Programs
  • Education Assessment

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