The organization has grown rapidly, yet we have always had as many children on the waiting list as we have in the program. When we accept additional students in the program we are looking for children who:
- Are affected by the HIV epidemic. This includes children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS or whose parents are infected.
- The child must be from a stable family setting. (The family must agree to keep a roof over the child’s head and do their best to provide at least one meal per day, have no substance abuse problems, able to make school visits and support the child with other basic needs).
- The family’s background should be poor and should be a resident in Dagoretti Constituency.
- The child must be between 8 to 10 years old.
- The child must be performing well in school. Children in Classes 2 to 4 (aged 8 to 10 years) must present a report card with a minimum of 400 marks. They must also pass the entry exam which will be conducted at NRCF offices.
- During application period, the guardian and/or parent must produce relevant documents to prove that they are infected by HIV/AIDs. Guardians must also prove that the child’s parents died of HIV/AIDs in the case where the child is an orphan.
- The parents/guardians must sign a consent form and undergo an HIV/AIDs test.
- The program can accommodate a maximum of two children per family unless exceptional circumstances apply.
Selection: NRCF conducts an ongoing process that takes place once a month on the last Thursday of every month. In the case where such a Thursday is a holiday, the selection process will take place the next day, Friday.
Documentation: The parent/guardian must present the relevant supporting documents both for the parent/guardian and the child to the NRCF Administrative Assistant i.e.
- Health documents
- Current report card (Class 2 to 4 above 400 marks)
- Birth certificates/notifications – Age limit to be observed (Not above 12 years)
- Death certificates/burial permit of deceased parents
- Identification cards
- Recommendation letters from the family pastor or the area chief
Once a child is admitted to the program, Ngong Road Children’s Foundation Caseworkers visit the home at least once annually and the school twice per year. Our goal is to keep connected to the child and be able to report to sponsors on a regular basis.