Deaf Empowerment Kenya is implementing a HIV grant July 2019 – June 2023 funded by Global Fund through Kenya Red Cross Society as the principle receipt. The grant is implemented in Machakos County; Machakos, Kalama, Kangundo, Mwala and Kathiani sub counties and Kajiado county; Kajiado West sub county. The project targets Adolescent and young People aged 10 – 24 years old in and out of school.
Adolescent and young people (10-24years) contribute to 42% of the new HIV infections in the country and hence are a priority population. However, within this group, the focus of programming is on adolescents and young girls and boys, and young men in priority geographies for high impact. Factors such as; Intergenerational sex, teenage pregnancies, sexual and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV), discontinuation of school specially during transition from primary to secondary school, prevailing gender norms, poor access to comprehensive sexuality education, limited access to HIV, STI, SRH services and low socio-economic status have largely been attributed to the high HIV incidence among AGYW compared to boys and young men of the same age group.
The Grants goal is to contribute to attainment of universal health coverage through comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment and care for all people in Kenya. The Program Objectives are; To reduce new HIV infections by 75%, To reduce AIDs related mortality by 50%, and reduce HIV related stigma and discrimination to less than 25%. The grant key areas of interventions are increasing access and uptake of HIV prevention services and commodities; promoting community based approaches to HIV service delivery; improving initiation and adherence to treatment and reducing human rights-related barriers to HIV services. The expected outcomes of the interventions are increase in HIV testing and linkage to care, retention in treatment and improved viral suppression among ALHIV beneficiaries.
The program interventions include; Condom and Lubricant programming, Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) , Behaviors change interventions, Community empowerment, Sexual and reproductive health services, including STI, Addressing stigma, discrimination and violence, Gender-based violence prevention and post violence care, Social protection interventions, Integration into national multi-sectoral responses of AGYW programs and Human Sexuality.
Education12,239 of adolescent girls and young women have been reached with HIV prevention programs defined package of services and CSE. Define package includes Health Education, Risk Assessment, Counselling on Risk Behaviors and Sexual Reproductive Health services. HIV Testing Services have been received by 7,341 adolescents and Young people. DEK has also supported 2,314 AYP living with HIV to receive care and support services outside facilities.
"Coming from a dysfunctional background and a life full of emotional pain and struggle that almost interfered with our self-esteem, both Agnes and Mary experienced gender inequality from their family members.
There are so many young teenage wives and girls who are being misused by their family members in our society, some don't speak about it, some speak up and are told not to expose family secrets to strangers, the mentorship Programme, is giving light to so many of us who might be in such situations, as the saying goes "lack of self-awareness, makes you vulnerable" indeed the vulnerability begins in some homes and it is caused by our own parents. Mentorship sessions are giving the good kind of exposure to these AGYW'S, slowly but surely forms of GBV will one day be eradicated from our society."
Deaf Empowerment Kenya (DEK) is implementing partners this project within the 4 sub counties of Machakos county of which the activities are aligned within level 5,4 and 3 health facilities targeting adolescent and youth aged 10-24 years with HIV prevention services.
The activities are divided in 3 result areas, that is
2. Adherence to treatment
3. Stigma and discrimination
Each result area is handled by one partner, Deaf Empowerment Kenya, Medicus Mundi and No One Out respectively. The program supports 6 health facilities
1.Machakos level 5 hospital
2. Mutituni level 4 hospital
3. Kangundo level 4 hospital
4. Kathiani level 4 hospital
5. Mitaboni level 3 health facility
6. Masii level 3 health facility
One Objective is handled by Deaf Empowerment Kenya, the facilities are attached with 10 community health volunteers (CHV) and 1 community health worker (CHEW) each, making a total of 60 CHV and 6 Chews who assist with follow up of the ALHIV through households visits with different services that include defaulter tracing, nutrition health education support, adherence support, phycological support among other services. The project also supports a non-communicable in-reach activity in the mentioned facilities once in every quarter targeting sexually active adolescents and young women. The program targets to reinforcement of youth friendly services in the mentioned 6 heath care facilities through equipping the youth centers.
Objective two that is handled by Medicus Mundi (MMI), ensures that the facilities are attached with 6 adherence counsellors and 6 peer educators, one in each facility who support the facilities in providing adherence seasons. The program in this area also supports CME activities to the CHV, adherence counsellors, peer educators, HTS providers and other medical staffs involved in handling PLHIV clients.
Objective three handled by No One Out, we are working with KENEPOTE in creating awareness in ending stigma and discrimination for People Living with HIV PLHIV through awareness creation seasons in schools in the mentioned sub counties.
EQUIPING and Revamping of Youth Friendly Centers
The project has seen revamping of 6 youth friendly centers in Machakos County. The centers received items to help and support them to reach the adolescents and young people in the respective communities.
As a result of Covid 19 pandemic Persons living with disability were affected; jobs were lost, business experience loses as some shut down Post Covid 19 recovery project in Nairobi informal settlements targeting household of PWDs and their caregivers to equip them with entrepreneurial skills to help them adjust, readjust and adapting to challenges brought by the pandemic. Also sensitize on credible, accessible and reliable sources of information on Covid19 myths/ measures to hearing impaired and to offer intellectual, financial and professional aid.
The project reached 130 households of PWDs in the informal settlements of Dandora, Njiru, Kayole and Soweto to improve their socioeconomic livelihood through income generation namely supporting business startup initiatives, small businesses linkages, training on entrepreneurship skills and linkages to VSLA groups.
In the results handled by DEK, the facilities are attached with 10 community health volunteers and 1 chew each, making a total of 60 CHV and 6 Chews who assist with follow up of the ALHIV through households visits with different services that include defaulter trancing, nutrition health education support, adherence support,phychological support among other services. The project also support an NCD in-reach activity in the mentioned facility once in every qurter targetting sexual active adolescent and young women. The program targets to rainforcement of youth friendly services in the mentioned 6 heath care facilities through equiping the youth centers.
130 households of PWDs entrepreneurial potential enhanced.
Relay of credible information about covid 19
5 VSLA groups initiated promoting financial resilience among beneficiaries.
Elimu Bora Maisha Bora project is funded by Deaf Child Worldwide (DCWW)
Deaf Child Worldwide is the international development arm of the National Deaf Children’s Society, the leading UK charity working with deaf children in developing countries.
Elimu Bora, Maisha Bora Project
focus is twofold: quality education among deaf children and the quality of life
among deaf youth. Elimu Bora is a Kiswahili word meaning Quality Education,
where this intervention is focused to achieve by increasing participation and
communication in the two public primary schools, while Maisha Bora is a Kiswahili
word meaning Quality life amongst the youths.
The project focus tend to answer to two questions – What will happen to Deaf children out of school but living within Thawabu and Baba Dogo Primary schools? What about the Deaf youths with skills but without employment, Are the youths already employed in various companies enjoying life that employment opportunity brings?
“Elimu Bora, Maisha Bora” project is important, not only to train teachers in deaf friendly teaching methodologies, but also to avail enough friendly learning/instructional materials for deaf children so as to ensure that they can enroll in school, get access to quality education and complete major education levels.
Communication in sign language
Child Rights Awareness
Advocacy and Lobbying
Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Livelihood (DYESL)
The Deaf Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Livelihood (DYESL) project is a second phase project that work towards ensuring 40 new Deaf youth aged 15-25 years in Nairobi County live independent lives, are skilled and ready to access the job markets, are empowered with the knowledge to maneuvers through life’s hurdles and that of the community. Especially the employers provide an all-inclusive workplace environment that recognizes and rewards Deaf youth’s contribution to the various company’s mission and vision. In the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, Sustainable Development Goals, and other local and international development frameworks, Youth are identified in various parts of the SDGs and specifically in parts related to education, growth, employment, and inequality, accessibility of human settlements, as well as data collection and monitoring of the SDGs.
DEK in its pursuit to address the issues raised in Global Goals number 3, 4, 5, and 8. The goals ensure that global countries focus on good health and well-being, by ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. Therefore, the Deaf Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Livelihood (DYESL) project is a second phase project that works towards ensuring 40 new Deaf youth aged 15-25 years in Nairobi County live independent lives are skilled and ready to access the job markets, are empowered with the knowledge to maneuver through life’s hurdles and that of the community. Especially the employers provide an all-inclusive workplace environment that recognizes and rewards Deaf youth’s contribution to the various companies and vision.
Globally, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, Sustainable Development Goals, and other local and international development frameworks, Youth are referenced in various parts of the SDGs and specifically in parts related to education, growth, and employment, inequality, accessibility of human settlements, as well as data collection and monitoring of the SDGs.
Through the support of Deaf Child Worldwide as the donor for this program, DEK has been able to support deaf young persons in the following areas of its 2 quarters.
20 DYPs have increased knowledge and choice about available opportunities and pathways to either start their own business or be employed
· Sensitizing DYPs on how to apply for UWEZO fund and KYEOP.
· Trained DYPs on life skills and financial /entrepreneurship.
20 DYPs enjoy safe healthy and productive relationship with their community and employers that allow them to make decision that are right for them and their careers.
· DEK organized a sensitization session on safeguarding of PWDs in their workplace to ensure that the workplace is safe for instance on safe reporting of violence cases.
· External facilitators and employers were also trained on Deaf awareness and safeguarding.
20 employers demonstrate increased deaf awareness and are empowered to make reasonable adjustment for the deaf youths at their workplace.
- DEK in its role of ensuring that DYPs enjoy a deaf friendly working environment involved the employers in various activities to understand the deaf culture and various adjustments to be implored at work place. IDAW was one of the identified activities that were observed in collaboration with other stakeholders.
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