Nkundabana Initiative for Psycho-social Support Project

Nkundabana Initiative for Psycho-social Support Project

Mentoring Youth for Psycho-Social Needs

The Nkundabana Initiative for Psycho-social Support (NIPS) was started as a community-based approach to mobilize adult volunteers as mentors to provide guidance and care for children living in child-headed households or without sufficient adult guidance. 

NIPS paired OVCs with trained community volunteers who acted as mentors and provided support networks. These volunteers were trained to provide support and facilitate sessions on HIV/AIDS prevention, economic security, emergency assistance, education and vocational training, advocacy and protection, psychosocial support, and community organizing. Based on the success of the NIPS program, the Nkundabana model has been expanded to other projects.


For further information on this project, please see the attached document. To learn about the models used, see the Models page. 


Project Achievements


Among the success of the NIPS project, there are a number of objectives that have been achieved throughout the projects implementation, including the following aspects: 

  • Economic strengthening of youth
  • Social integration
  • Protection from abuse and exploitation
  • Behaviour change among youth
  • Physical health of youth
  • Psychological well-being of youth
  • Relationships among house-hold youth
  • Quality of life among Nkundabanas
  • Community commitment OVC

A Nkundabana mentor said that “NIPS is credited for the skills it gave to these children because when you compare the state in which they were in to the present state it’s drastically different. Now, they are able to feed their families and even save some for future use." As for the OVC, a female youth apart of the NIPS project said “when our property was stolen, Nkundabana helped us in searching for those who stole it, when we got them, authorities punished them."


Project Info

  • Start Date: 2006 January
  • Donor: European Union, CARE Austria, & Government of Austria
  • Program: Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program
  • District: Kamonyi, Muhanga
  • Number of beneficiaries: 2003


Models used:

  • Nkundabana Model
  • Community Score Card Model