KAWODEP has four programmes namely; 1) Health and AIDS; 2) Gender Advocacy; 3)Education; 4) Livelihoods and Environment.
Health and HIV/AIDS
Generally, the level of awareness about key hygiene and sanitation practices is low in the community. There is the grave danger of pollution posed to both surface and ground water sources as a result of this poor human waste disposal. Deaths occurred in villages where labour turns deadly causing deaths of both mother and child. Due to the distance of the health facilties available children under 5 years around the communmity do not access immunization in time or some are not immunized at all while others may default due to the long distances. Local awareness-levels surrounding HIV/AIDS are at 87.6%, which is relatively low compared to the national awareness level of 99%. The HIV prevalence rate stands at 23.6%, which is quite high in comparison to the nationalrate of 4.9%. PLHIV/TB clients default from taking ARV and TB/drugs due to distance of the health facilities. Because of numerous problems most PLWHAs end up dying earlier due to depression and suffering leaving a number of orphans behind. New HIV/AIDS infections from mother to child during childbirthwhen women have unskilled attendants (TBAs)present at every birth. KAWODEP has been able to help curb these challenges by: • Reduce preventable diseases by raising community level of awareness about key hygiene and sanitation practices, provision of slabs, installing roof catchment water tanks and bringing quality health care services closer to the people • Enroll and link OVC households to National HospitalInsurance Fund and refer them for clinical treatment. • Organizing annual sporting (recreation) events to OVC, • Provide sexual and reproductive health education to young women who have inadequate access to such information. • Provide emotional, psychological, spiritual, trauma and support counseling, especially after bereavement. Adult beneficiaries are encouraged to access HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing (HCT) services. HIV Counseling and Testing is a key sexual behaviour change strategy. • Raise awareness, and imparting knowledge about risk factors and appropriate sexual behavior, emphasizing on abstinence and faithfulness, with the aim of reducing HIV/AIDS and STI infection rates. KAWODEP also advocate and refer for PMTCT, HCT and VMMC. Promote correct and consistent condom use among youth between the ages of 15-18 and their caregivers (general population).
Many children who lose their parent(s) withdraw from school because they struggle to afford school fees and uniforms. Older- particularly girl-children may be forced to drop out of school to take over domestic responsibilities, including looking after their siblings.Hundreds stop going to school to work long hours, often under hazardous conditions. Others experience violence or abuse from parents, guardians or fellow students, or find their schools targets of armed attack. Families do not send girls to school, force them out of school to marry or girls are denied an education when they become pregnant. Many are kept from getting a secondary education and tertiarybecause they cannot afford school fees. Even when in school, hundreds of children receive a poor quality education that leaves them lacking essential skills and knowledge. Education is both the means as well as the end to a better life; means, because it empowers an individual to earn his/her livelihood and the end because it increases one’s awareness on a range of issues – from healthcare to appropriate social behavior to understanding one’s rights, and in the process evolve as a better citizen. KAWODEP makes this possible through carefully designed programmesfor change, for respect and for life to the less fortunate children and adolescent girls by: • Improving access and quality Early Childhood Development for children. • Improving literacy and numeracy skills among children. • Linking the OVC with the other likeminded partners for scholarship. • Distributing sanitarypads for girls, levies /fees, school uniforms and other materials to allow them to continue to attend school. • Providing skills developoment for wealth creation. KAWODEP established a community resource centre at Mikei shopping centre, Macalder/Kanyarwanda wardof Migori County. Providing IT skills, computer services and tailoring training to various youths and women entrepreneurs. The resource centre act as a school for young women hence provides a back to school formula for the community members.Today 400 OVC and many more children are in school due to the project.
Gender and Advocacy
Child protection and women’s Right • Children are faced with lots of challenges ranging from rape, child prostitution, overwhelming domestic chores, sexual, HIV infectionand drug abuse, denial of leisure time and harmful traditional practices. • Lack of child rights awareness in the community. The girls drop out of school due to negative traditional culture, early marriages, early pregnancies, and discrimination. There is poor attitude by parents and guardians towards girl child education. • On tobacco farms, children work long hours in extreme heat, exposed to nicotine and toxic pesticides that can make them sick. In Migori, child laborers in artisanal and small-scale gold mines work underground in pits that easily collapse and use toxic mercury to process the gold, risking brain damage and other serious health conditions. • Discrimination against women is common. Women perform all the domestic work and are denied opportunities to address their plights, they are denied opportunity to assets (land). • Women in this region suffer in the hands of their husbands and girls in the hands of young men and old men alike. The women and the girls are therefore not given the opportunity to participate in development or any decision making process. • Challenges faced by adolescents and young women ranging from cultural myths/taboos surrounding SRH/HIV and inadequate knowledge on SRH/HIV and low up take of SRH and HIV services due to stigma and discrimination in communities, absence of services, of peer networks and safe spaces, early marriages and sexual violence.The barriers related to stigma and discrimination, absences of friendly services and safe spaces prevent adolescents and girls from seeking HIV testing, sexual reproductive health services and affects HIV positive adolescents’ adherence to HIV treatment. Our Approach Children deserve to live in a safe environment, with people who care about them and treat them well. Today, KAWODEP find herself in a unique moment for women’s rights where we can challenge the systems that oppress the girls/women – whether that is the laws that discriminate against them, the culture of shame around women who are raped, or the barriers that exist for women in leadership. a) Conduct awareness raising meetings on child abuse targeting different community groups. b) Train community members on child protection issuesto end the worst forms of child labor and to ensure that all children are protected from jobs that interfere with their health, safety, and education c) Train children age10-17on child rights issues d) Conducting awareness creation on gender equity and the value of the girl child and women in the society. e) The girls are facilitated to participate in children’s parliament sessions to provide them with a forum for their voice to be heard on various issues. f) Participate in Area Advisory Council AAC. g) Strengthen capacity of households and institutions to nurture and protect children from abuse, child labour and discrimination. h) Support children to participate in the activities of the Day of African Child (DAC), Orphans Day and World AIDS Day. i) Support children to participate in the activities of the Children Voices Conference (CVC). j) Educate women and men on negative cultural practices that are risk factors for HIV transmission, especially widow inheritance. k) Advocacy initiatives aimed at influencing systems and structures at community and government levels. l) Advancing Health and Sexual & Reproductive Rights and providing health Information to realize their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Livelihoods & Environment
Food insecurity in the project area is related most often to the following factors: Harsh climatic conditions particularly flooding, insufficient rainfall and frequent and prolonged drought. Prevalence of crop and animal pests Unreliable livestock production as a result of pests and diseases Limited knowledge of sound agronomic practices (e.g farmers continue using low yielding crop varieties, which also tend to be susceptible to diseases and pests). Limited intra–household sharing. Degradation of environmental and natural resources Limited knowledge in food utilization and diversification Poor marketing strategies and limited access to market outlets Most women adults can’t access banking services1, and are unemployed making it difficult for parents and guardians to bring in income and save for their children’s basic needs (such as education, nutrition, clothing and health). Pre- and post-harvest losses of crop produce. According to the World Health Organisation helping vulnerable families to progressively achieve and sustain income growth can contribute to ending violence against children. KAWODEP is using a savings group which is member-owned and composed of a small number of people who save together in a safe, convenient and flexible way. They use a simple, transparent method to accumulate and convert small amounts of cash into savings that can then be lent to members as credit.KAWODEP is working with the women farmers in the project area to address food insecurity and economic gaps with a view of improving their livelihoods through: • Collaboration with international and local research centers • Provision of improved seed varieties • Enhance capacity of households, adolescent girls and women for economic empowerment. • Improve food production for nutrition and market for targeted household. • Improve conflict sensitive water and environmental management for sustainable livelihood for targeted households. • Increased access to markets and market information • Improved skills and knowledge on appropriate agronomic practices. • Training on financial management and business plans • Training on proper food handling, preservation/value addition and utilization. • Linking women farmers to financial institutions such as One Acre Fund, KWFT, Equity Bank and K- Rep Bank operating in the project area for credit purposes. • Promoting local participants’ savings and loan groups that build on the traditional Rotating Savings and Credit Association (ROSCA) methodology. • Organize and conduct farmers’ field days, sensitization meetings with government officials, and holding agricultural stakeholder forums. We provide the young women with the tools for future success in academics, the labour force and community leadership.
Our Resource centre
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