What We Do

HVK Children’s Foundation adopts schools to form a partnership network where coordinated school health and education programs are executed. Since 2016, we work in six primary and junior high schools in Monrovia, Liberia.

What We Do

Our Programs

All of our programs are centered around the The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model  and the Coordinated School Health Program. We have officially launched our first program, Project REACH at five partnered schools and have collected data for our second program, Sexuality Education, Risks and Violence (SERV). While we currently adopt elementary and junior high schools to work with, as we progress, we are extending all programs into senior high schools.

Though we are not working in senior high schools now, if you are a senior high school (9-12 grades) located in Paynesville, Barnesville or Jacobs Town, please contact us. If you belong to a primary, secondary, and junior high school in another community outside of these locations and would like to partner with HVK Children’s Foundation, please use our e-mail to contact 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

Project REACH

Project REACH aims to enhance the learning and teaching capacity of rural primary and secondary schools by providing Lab-in-a-Box tools. These tools consists of 20-25 tablet laptops coupled with 64gbs offline e-learning system that provides built-in reading resources and resources to support science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) education. The program also provides computer science curriculum to expand learning and STEAM education. Teachers receive five-days training before the school year commence in September, and 4 additional workshops for one academic year. 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 is a readiness program that teaches real world application; it also aims to prepare low-income elementary and junior high students to add new skills into their tool box for now and the future. 21st Century Success is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. Our program focus on WICOR with the addition of  STEM, character-building, and basic career-track education. Also, the program will include field trips to NGOs, non-profits, and national institutions in Liberia. In addition, guest speakers will be invited into the classroom to share their expertise in ways to reach educational and professional goals, and to motivate students about options for their future.

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)

  HVK Children’s Foundation is developing a health education program with the support of Dr. Jill McCracken, an Associate Professor of Rhetoric at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the Co-Founder/Co-Director of Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) Behind Bars. Behind Bars provides community support for incarcerated sex workers and connects incarcerated sex workers in US prisons and jails to the sex worker rights movement. Her primary areas of research focus on sex work and trafficking in the sex industry, the impact of sexuality education on marginalized communities, and women and incarceration. Her book, Street Sex Workers’ Discourse: Creating Material Change Through Agential Choice, is an analysis of street-based sex work representations, the power of everyday language, and how both influence the material conditions of individuals involved in street-based sex work (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group 2013).

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 (HIPTeens) for youth (13 through 19 years old) and measures the impact of this intervention on 1) an individual’s self-esteem and empowerment, 2) behaviors and experience with sexual activities, 3) vulnerability to and experiences of sexual violence, and 4) tendencies to or experiences of perpetuating sexual violence. Focus groups and interviews are used to better understand the current issues surrounding sexuality, risk, and sexual violence young people face as well as to gauge the outcomes and benefits of and suggested improvements to the curriculum.

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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