Areas of Expertise
Inclusive Development: Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) are a designated segment of the child population who are most at risk of facing negative educational, health, and social outcomes compared to the average child in their society. OVC include orphans, children with disabilities, children living in child-headed households, children subjected to exploitation, and children living in households with high burdens of illness. OVC also include internally displaced persons or refugees, children affected by conflict or post-conflict settings, and victims of food scarcity as a result of natural or man-made events. AIR leads a number of projects focusing on orphans and vulnerable children in countries across the globe. We bring to this work a broad range of expertise as well as contextual knowledge of the countries to help provide effective and efficient support.
USAID/Zambia's CHANGES2 Program was a major education support activity in the Zambian Ministry of Education (MOE). CHANGES2 strengthened teachers’ classroom pedagogical and leadership skills with a special focus on school health and nutrition, as well as HIV and AIDS prevention and mitigation.
The Primary School Support Program: A School Fees Pilot (PSSP:SFP) was a three-year project funded by USAID/Malawi and the Government of Malawi to improve the quality of education in Dowa District. PSSP:SFP also had a mandate from the U.S. Congress to develop and pilot strategies that reduce the cost of schooling for Malawi’s most vulnerable children.
RECLAIM withdrew/prevented approximately 2,960 children from exploitive child labor by enrolling them in either formal or vocational education programs, and provided income generation alternatives to 500 women.