WEWE has over seven years’ experience in OVC programming and has managed various OVC focused donor projects across nine (9) States of the federation including, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Benue, Enugu, Federal Capital Territory, Imo, Oyo and Rivers. Through these projects, WEWE has reached 66,912 (27,917 male 38,995 female) vulnerable beneficiaries encompassing of orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers with services.
WEWE has experience managing a large direct award from USAID. Currently WEWE is managing an average annual budget of N50million Naira per month ($175,000 per month) or USD2, 100,000 per annual.
Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation advocate for the rights of orphans and vulnerable children and widows with the aim to reduce the socio-economic and cultural barriers that they face. Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation advocate to government to make orphans and vulnerable children issues visible in budgetary plans and allocation as well as put in place mechanism to ensure appropriately utilization of allocated funds.
Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation provides educational support schemes that aims to empower and orphans and vulnerable households and their households. These included:
- Vocational Education programmes entrepreneur mentorship, vocational skill development
- Formal Education, under which children from vulnerable households receives scholarship to enable them attend school;
- Literacy, through home visits and youth clubs, Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation provided vital reading and writing skills especially among adolescent girls to help them improve their school performance.
Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation through household economic strengthening activities works with vulnerable households to improve their livelihood and increase their financial resilience.
Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation strives to make high quality health care accessible to vulnerable households. Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation health education programmes covers not only HIV/Aids but nutrition and sanitation, comprehensive sexual and health reproductive education for youth
Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation capacity building approach is one that seeks to improve organisational and technical capacity of community-based organisations as well as systems and structures at community and Local Government levels with the aim to quality care for orphans and vulnerable children and their households.
WEWE is contributing to quality Orphans and vulnerable children programming in Nigeria through research. One of such is the “OVC Baseline Study” in Imo and Anambra states carried out in collaboration with ministry of health that highlighted the high burden of OVC and their needs in the two states as well as factors that drives vulnerability as well as strategies for addressing such needs.
WEWE integrate gender into design, implementation, and evaluation of all its project to improve outcomes and increase equality among girls, boys, women and men. WEWE gender-sensitive programming include effective gender intervention strategies that transform unequal norms and behaviour, empower women and girls, and engage men and boys at the community as partners and agents of progressive norms and behaviours that leads to social change