OCHHOregon Coalition on Housing and Homelessness
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Free expressions from the OCHH were mostly from the activities before or after the interviews.
The voice I was receiving from the OCHH's tears indicates that the separation from siblings was painful.
The participant's observation in this case included different activities depending on the different setting and agreement with the OCHH. In some households we weeded in the household's vegetable/banana garden, while in other households we fetched firewood or pounded wheat, while in others we made tea or cooked food.
This method was used with groups of orphaned children in the two districts following the semi-structured interviews as a way of triangulating data, but also as a way of getting more information on the situation and perspectives of the OCHH. FGD in Makete was carried out in a classroom but in Karagwe one FGD was carried out in a hall at the hostel I was staying in and another in a garden of orphaned children who are organised in a group.
This was not the only case; other OCHH mentioned some horrible things which they experienced, but which they could not raise individually as they were afraid it could go back to their relatives and bring more trouble.
The children used songs to narrate the story of HIV/AIDS and how it has affected them and made them ' children in adult robes.' During the interviews the OCHH interviewed neither related their situation with HIV/AIDS nor did they mention the cause of parents' death.
Although the use of different methods provides the space to ensure OCHH express their views on matters affecting them, how they understand and perceive their situation and the environment that surrounds them, it was not an easy undertaking.
OCHH have double roles as children who were taking care of their households while attending school.
Children's voices and specifically the voice of OCHH are vital in understanding of the situation facing children and the way they perceive it.
(2) The term OCHH is used in two different ways; first it is used to mean the child who is orphaned and heads a household: Orphaned children heading households, secondly it means the household in which the head is an orphaned child: Orphaned children headed households.