Kenya Grantees portfolio
1. Africa Alive
Africa Alive! is a youth-serving organization started in 1998 with a vision to build and empower a healthier HIV/AIDS free generation of African youth. The mission of Africa Alive! is to promote positive behavior change among young people through advocacy, empowerment, partnership and resource/community mobilization, in order to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Its approach combines entertainment and education to attract the attention and provide a forum for delivering behaviour change messages. Africa Alive! reaches African youth by tapping into popular, creative channels of communication that appeal to youth in Africa and all over the world such as;
Radio and TV drama ,variety/talk shows with phone-ins, discussions, and mini-draws addressing HIV/AIDS, Puppetry and folk media, traveling road shows (music performance and quiz).Peer education outreach in schoolsTraining and working with young music artiste and club DJs as youth advocates on RH/HIV/AIDS issues and comics with HIV/AIDS prevention messages.
Sporting events with prevention messages at break, on tickets, and at HIV/AIDS information booths in and around the venue.
The project will target youth in and out of school with messages geared towards abstinence and behavior change. It will target to reach 10,000 youth aged 10-35 years. The messages geared towards the 10-14 will focus on delay of sexual debut. Secondary abstinence activities will target avoidance of intercourse among unmarried youth and young adults who have previously initiated sexual activity but are not in a committed relationship. Activities to increase safer behaviors, including fidelity, partner reduction, knowledge of own and partner sero-status, and reduction in sexual coercion and violence will target both youth and young adults. The project activities will also address social norms in the community more broadly, including the need for greater sexual responsibility on the part of older men and issues of gender based violence.
2. Eastland Community Development Initiative.
The Eastland Community Development Initiative was established in the year 2003. It begun as a network of over 300 churches located in Eastland, Nairobi.
ECDI is based in Eastlands and has a strong link to the community through the churches, this has made it much easier to mobilize the community and implement the Abstinence and Behaviour change ( AB) program. For the last seven years, ECDI has successfully been implementing the AB program through the Churches and Schools. The Families Matter is integrated into the AB activities due to previous involvement with parents through the churches particularly through the Be Faithful program. Gender-based violence affects women and girls of all ages and the risk of HIV infection makes it a critical issue that cannot be ignored by projects focused on addressing HIV/AIDS. ECDI will be able, through the outreach activities to identify victims of gender based violence and make referrals. ECDI will incorporate this topic in the curricula with the aim of raising awareness and changing attitudes that foster violence against women and girls.
Eastland’s is a region which is characterized by high population density. Most of the population here are low-income earners. The relationship between poverty and HIV/AIDS here cannot also be ignored. The Pentecostal church had for a long time been silent on issues to do with HIV/AIDS. This can be attributed to stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and also the lack of adequate skills and knowledge on how to address these issues, among the church leadership. ECDI was hence established as an organization through which the church in partnership with the community and other like-minded stakeholders effectively address the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS .
The project being implemented will aim at promoting Abstinence and Fidelity in monogamous relationships with an aim to decreasing vulnerability to HIV infection among the youth.This project will aim at reaching 15,000 youth in the community with the following objectives;
To increase abstinence and secondary abstinence among young unmarried people aged 10-24 years, their families and communities
To increase fidelity in monogamous relationships among the youth and general population
To reduce incidences of gender-based violence, sexual coercion and cross-generational sex
To promote HIV Counseling and Testing to encourage fidelity and abstinence
3. Catholic Diocese of Kitui
The Diocese of Kitui was created in 1963 and administered by St. Patrick’s Missionaries from Ireland. At this time there were only 4 Parishes with less than 2000 Catholics. Over the last 41 years the diocese of Kitui has experienced a tremendous growth. To date, it serves over 260,000 community members drawn from 24 Parishes.
The development office which oversees all projects in the Diocese was created in 1978. The development activities are focused on social and developmental needs based on the Kenya Episcopal Council’s goal of holistic development in promoting the word of God to his people while working with them for the realization and sustenance of the pastoral, social and economic needs.
The various projects implemented by the diocese have seen the securing of livelihoods through the provision of water,---boreholes, ---dams and –water distribution points have been put up in various locations within the diocese. This has seen marginal reductions in water borne diseases and also it has availed more time for households to engage in other constructive activities through reduction of time spent to water points.
The health department through its various collaborators has overseen the care of PLWs for the last 18 years. This has facilitated the extension of life for some of them and led to dignified deaths for others. Through their education programmes, stigma reduction has been achieved in the diocese thus seeing a reintegration of people once rejected into normal lives. This has also seen a drop in HIV infection and re-infections within then diocese.Over 8000 orphans are attending school through the support of the programme. This has been achieved through partnership with various other actors including Norwegian Church Aid, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, USAID/APHIA II, amongst others.
The project will reach and provide services to 3,900 children aged between 2- 18 years old in the larger Kitui District. These services include increased access to education both in formal and non-formal schools, vocational training and providing access to health services for the children. The program will also provide psychosocial support for the children through providing structured guidance and counseling sessions for all the children. caregivers will be trained in food production with an emphasis on alternative nutrition sources for themselves and the children they support. CDOK will work in the following areas in the larger Kitui-Kitui,Mutomo,Muthale and Mwingi.
4. Kiambu People Living with HIV/AIDS (KIPEWA)
KIPEWA is a Community Based Organization that was formed 2001 by People Living With HIV/AIDS irrespective of Gender, Culture, Religion or social status. The organization was established in by HIV infected persons, whose experience with stigma and discrimination made them come together to share experiences of living with HIV/AIDS and seek solace from each other, away from social stigma and discrimination,meeting in members houses. This informal group (now KIPEWA) gained CBO status in 2003 after being registered under the Ministry of Social Services. Currently, the members are over 300 people living with HIV/AIDS, with over 10,000 orphans and vulnerable children in need of support in the larger Kiambu District.
This program aims to scale up the current level of support for children in Kiambu from the current 200 children to 1,500, with operations being scaled to 5 more locations- Githunguri, Tinganga, Kiambu Municipality, Kiamba and Limuru. The program will provide access to education, psychosocial support and medical care support, and by working through households, increase the nutritional status of children by providing monthly food baskets to the families.The program will also continue to provide support to 60 grannies caring for children through training and alternative economic empowerment activities.
To leverage the impact of the project, KIPEWA will enhance collaboration and partnership with other key players within the target community as well as lobbying activities to increase community awareness on children’s issues through establishment of the community child care forums and mitigate against stigma and discrimination through the support groups for people living with HIV and AIDS.
KIPEWA will conduct its activities in the following locations in Kiambu District-Tinganga, Kiambu Municipality, Kiambaa and Githogoro.
5. Sisters of Mary Immaculate-Uzima wa Watoto
Uzima Wa Watoto project is an initiative taken by Sisters of Mary Immaculate (SMI) of Nyeri Arch-Diocese. The project is located within one of the Eastern Suburbs of Nairobi City known as Bahati. As a whole, Nairobi the capital city of Kenya has a great share of street children mainly as a resultant of abject poverty in city slums, HIV/AIDS that leads to high mortality rates of parents and hence rendering many children to become orphans often at very tender age. It is against this background that SMI sisters rose to their canonical obligation of answering to the cry of the needy in 1994.
At inception the project was operating with donations of kind from the church congregation, local community around Bahati and well wishers. However, the number of children increased quickly as the local churches, civil society and other concerned members of the society begun referring orphans to the feeding centre.
The centre then embarked on counseling program to the children, parents and guardians especially those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. This led to the formation of women groups that could participate in raising up the orphans.
SMI sisters engaged themselves in soliciting for assistance from well wishers.
The project will scale up activities in kamukunji to build the capacity of families, communities, and organizations to care for children that have been orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. It will engage stakeholders and utilize the existing community structures to not only mobilize resources for sustainability but empower the community and children through skills and knowledge. The project will train 80 caregivers as well as 50 service providers drawn from organizations supporting OVC to provide psychosocial support for 2,000 children through 40 Kids Clubs. Further, the project will reach 300 OVC from within the established kids clubs directly by meeting their educational, nutrition and healthcare needs through payment of school levies, school uniforms, and stationery; and referrals for immunization and health information, and medical care. A further 40 HIV+ caregivers will be trained on Home based care and Adherence assisted to form a care team that will be charged with the responsibility of supporting other members of the community living with HIV and AIDS. The aim of this will be to prolong the lives of the caregivers as a strategy to reduce instances of orphan hood among the children.
The funding will enable the project to strengthen community child care structures to support the OVC meet their developmental needs.
Uzima wa Watoto activities will be carried out in Bahati,Shauri Moyo, Maringo, Jerusalem, Eastliegh Sec 3,Uhuru and Lower Jericho estates.
6. Terry Child Support and Youth Resource Centre
Since its inception, Terry Child support and youth resource center has taken a lead role among the CSO Community in Machakos in promoting the realization of the rights of OVCs and youths.
Terry has done this by advocating for community support and ownership of processes that promote protection of their youth and children form the ravaging effects of HIV/AIDS and orphan hood.
Terry has pioneered child protection measure by providing a shelter for children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS in this region. This has seen 30 families that are affected by HIV/AIDS receive support.The activities of the project are supported by members of the community and well wishers, this is in an effort to enhance the community’s capacity to deal with their own issues.
The project will support 2500 orphans and vulnerable children to meet their PSS needs through the establishment of 40 kids clubs in two locations of Iveti and Kaewa. The project will train OVC caregivers on understanding the PSS needs of children as well as promote advocacy for the rights of children. In addition to this school fees will be paid to enable 15 vulnerable children to attend secondary school. In the community, 60 caregivers will be trained in food production with an emphasis on alternative nutrition sources for themselves and the children they support; they will also be supported with seeds to enhance food security.
Terry will carry out activities in 4 sub locations of Iveti, Kitunduni, kaliluni and Kombu through establishment of community child protection structures.
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