Within the community department, ROM empowers clients and caretakers of orphans and vulnerable children to reduce the economic vulnerability of their households. Activities include entrepreneurship skills training, provision of income-generating activities including poultry, piggery and goat-keeping, liquid and candle-making training for the most-at-risk populations, and village savings and loans association groups.
In 2015, 854 households containing orphans and vulnerable children were empowered through vocational trainings and agricultural products. They were encouraged to form or join VSLA groups. These households that received income-generating items (goats, pigs, and poultry and farming seeds) were followed up, their Income-Generating Activities plans reviewed and given guidance to ensure high yields from inputs. Due to ROM’s economic strengthening activities, these households had increased ability to provide nutritious food to their beneficiaries, and the children under their care were now in school. They were also accessing medical care when needed.