Who we are
KVI is a nonprofit, legally registered, independent, and active organization that operates in Ethiopia since its establishment in 2008. It was founded by Dr. Eyob K. Balcha with his friends.
Mission: KVI’s mission is to provide integrated holistic services to people’s needs, mainly children and women by addressing their social, economic, physical, and emotional needs.
KVI’s vision is to see a community where children and women are holistically transformed
Love: We do whatever we do with love. We share our love with our beneficiaries and stakeholders unconditionally.
Transparent: We are open to our stakeholders who would like to know what we do, why we do it, when we do and how we do ALL that WE DO with details.
Excellence: We do our very best to provide high-quality services to our beneficiaries and stakeholders.
Respect: We respect all the people who have connected us regardless of race, color, religion, or background.
What we do
Within Child Protection Category, we have subprogram divisions such as Child Care, Alternative Child Care Services, and Child Rights. Our organization has significantly implemented all of these programs over the last 13 years and impacted more than 20,000 orphans, vulnterbal children, and destitute families.
1. Childcare services
a. Childcare Center
KVI opened 8 different children’s homes in 8 different locations in Ethiopia: Addis Ababa, Bishoftu, Adama, Batu (Ziway), Wolaita, Dawro, Durame, and Metahara. This service is intended for a temporary stay for children until a better option is in place. It is not recommended for children to The picture below was taken when KVI celebrated its first-year anniversary in 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Children stay in our safe home we call the ” Child Protection center” where children are rescued from their dangerous situations before they were admitted to our home. After they are admitted to our home by the approval of the concerned government body with legal profiles on each child, we provide them with holistic services such as food, shelter, education, socialization, psychosocial support, and spiritual services access based on their interest.
Once the children are admitted into our home, we conduct assessments on each child and reunify those whose biological parents or relatives are traced and prepared. Pre and post-reunification preparations are made. When it is possible to reunify, we do so. We have managed to reunify more than 200 children with their biological parents and relatives so far successfully.
b. Foster care
KVI is the pioneer organization to promote Foster Care in Ethiopia starting in 2009 when the new Alternative Childcare Guidelines got approved by the then Ministry of Women Affairs. It is one of the care options served by families who are willing, trained, and approved families provide holistic care to children without parental care until better options are in place. Different sources mention that there are several types of foster care approaches such as emergency, long-term, temporary, foster-to-adopt, and so on. KVI has practically implemented three of these approaches: temporary, long-term, and foster-to-adopt based on the individualized situation of each child in the care system.
KVI partnered with its local and international partners to incorporate foster care with the need to de-institutionalize its orphanage sites in 8 different locations in Ethiopia. KVI has successfully de-institutionalized all the children in the eight locations through its new approach of Family-Based Childcare Care Alternatives in which over 2000 children have been placed into loving and caring homes. By doing so, we are proud to claim that these children are no more called ” orphans” as they are now children in their parents’ homes. KVI used its foster care program to temporarily place children into trained, informed, and approved foster families to care and love either for long term services that may end up with adoption by the same families or long term foster care until the children become independent with self-emancipation or until there is a possibility to be reunified with their extended biological families if possible.
Under foster care, KVI has achieved the following major objectives :
- Pioneered standardized foster care practice in Ethiopia by using foster care as a tool to de-institutionalize orphan centers and replace them with a family-based childcare approach.
- De-institutionalized all its eight (8) centers in Ethiopia and became a role model for similar institutions.
- Drafted a standardized guideline of foster care for Addis Ababa city Administration and introduced practical foster care in Addis for the first time placements.
- Conducted Alternative Childcare Services Training to more than 500,000 people in Addis Ababa, Oromia, Southern Region, Dire Dawa, and Beneshangul Gumuz in addition to the federal level cooperation and networking thru the facilitation of the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs.
- KVI has gained practical experiences from different countries such as the USA, UK, Norway, Germany, Thailand, Greece, Italy, Japan, Australia, Uganda, and Kenya. However, we have adopted experiences and practices obtained from different countries to the local context which may reflect the long-sustained community-based practice in different regions in Ethiopia. Thus, we can claim that we have Ethiopian-focused foster care practice that reflects the culture and practice of the country for generations.
Adoption has been in Ethiopia for several generations with different forms in different communities. The most common practice sustained in Ethiopia is called “ Gudifecha” a word which comes from the Oromo culture of taking in a child of another as if it belonged to him or her. When we started foster care in Adama city in 2009/2010, it was easily understood by the community because of the practice of Gudifecha. Most of the foster families with whom we have placed the children from our orphanage center got adopted by the same families through the court system, unlike the local Gudifecha which does not require going to court to get approval. The practice expanded to other regions where we have child centers. 95% of the children who have been placed in foster families have been adopted by the same families who fostered them.
KVI has mainly implemented this aspect to bring out of school older children to school which is called ” Accelerated Learning For Arica” which was funded by Geneva Global inc. This program works by creating an enabling learning environment for children from age 9 to 13 who have never been to school due to poverty, abuse, marriage breakdown, displacement, and other natural crisis in the environment. The children are provided with a special arrangement of classes that are designed to help them achieve accelerated classes to catch up with other children of their age in the formal school. Once they complete their 10 months program, they sit for an exam by external evaluators coordinated by the concerned government body who evaluate the students every semester to qualify them for promotion to the formal school where they can continue with other children of their age. Whereas, the parents of these children are included in the Income-Generating Activities (IGA) to prevent school dropout owing to a shortage of basic needs. KVI has succeeded in placing more than 6000 children to foster school after completing the program while their parents and guardians ( 6000) have been empowered economically, socially, and emotionally.