Mar 22, 2021

Mainstreaming Life Skills Education Through Radio

HFAW CHHRP, Gladys at Radio Vuna
HFAW CHHRP, Gladys at Radio Vuna

Dear Friend and Partner

 

I hope you are well. Here at HFAW, we continue with the work of ensuring that the current and next generations are free from teenage pregnancies, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Gender-based Violence (GBV), and grow up to be economically empowered. While this initiative's nature continues to unfold, the effects are still the same-girls being left behind and subjected to more miseries.


Life skills education is an initiative that helps us engage the community (children, young adults, adults, and elderly) on the type of community we need and the skills and knowledge we need to achieve that. This month, we conducted a radio outreach talk show at Radio Vuna in Kisii to continue engaging the community members on the areas mentioned, especially those that directly relate to the progress of the girl-child like FGM, GBV, Teenage pregnancies, and Menstrual Health Hygiene.


Radio vuna, a 24-hour 7 days a week, station that directly reach 12 million listeners in Kisii and Nyamira who tune in per day, gave us a platform to continue calling for the end of FGM practice, sensitize the masses on the effects of GBV and protect the rights of children. Some of the questions we received during the live session include listeners wanting to know where to report when they see a girl at risk of FGM, how they can contribute to the end of GBV, the projects we are implementing to achieve this goal, and how they can join HFAW as volunteers.


The outputs of the radio outreach were impressive because they contributed to the larger goal of empowering the community. Through it, we successfully sensitized nearly 3 million people who directly tuned in and were empowered on how to end FGM, GBV, Child-abuse, teeage pregnancy, and mentrual health Management. 


Dear Friend and partner, what would we do without you? Look at what we are able to achieve just because you continue to hold our hands and generously walk with us through this journey of transforming our community. We remain grateful. We encourage you to share this report with your friends and loved ones so that they can see the change you are making in our community.

HFAW CHHRP Gladys with the presenters
HFAW CHHRP Gladys with the presenters
Jan 21, 2021

Amplifying the Voice of the Community through CHHRPs

HFAW Team and representative of CHHRP strategizing
HFAW Team and representative of CHHRP strategizing

Dear Friend and Partner

Happy New Year!!!

As we begin the year, there is so much hope for the various projects HFAW has lined up to be implemented this year. We are excited and cannot wait for you to see the positive change you are making in our community, courtesy of your support.


The Community Health and Human Rights promoters have been the backbone of HFAW's campaigns to promote the end of Female Genital Mutilation, end Gender-Based Violence, protect children, especially the vulnerable and poor, and promote civic and life skills education.


In 2020, through the engagement of Community Health and Human Rights Promoters, we reached at least 100 men living with FGM survivors who learned how to be part of the campaign to end FGM thereby assuring the current and future generations of girls and women safety from FGM. Through this, we got male allies who have been instrumental in not only presenting the male perspective of FGM but also holding interpersonal forums in a bid to bring to strongly advocate for the end of FGM.


Also, we reached 100 youths through collaborations with other youth-led organizations in Nyamira and Kisii. To achieve sustainable development, we need to invest in the knowledge and skills of the youths at the grass-root level. HFAW believes that the end of FGM and other forms of GBV, protection of children's rights, and having an empowered community largely depends on how well the youths have been prepared. As a result, more youths have expressed interest in being trained and helping in implementing HFAW youth advocacy.

Furthermore, with the commitment of CHHRP trained courtesy of your support, we reached other members of the society whose influence can end FGM, GBV, promote children's rights, and empower the community like law enforcers, children, and teachers. As a result, we have more teachers engaged in following and reporting to HFAW on the violation of rights at home or school. This was not possible before.


Looking into the present and future, we are focused on strengthening our monitoring and evaluation approaches to follow-track of the impact of our activities of training CHHRP in real-time. Also, we plan to adopt alternative and innovative ways of reaching out to more community members to become CHHRP.

As I have stated in the introduction, we have so much in store and we are humbled that you are part of it all.

One of Training of CHHRPs by HFAW in 2020
One of Training of CHHRPs by HFAW in 2020
Jan 19, 2021

2021, Reenergized to Protect the Girl-Child from FGM

School advocacy by HFAW and  CHVs at Kiamwarimu
School advocacy by HFAW and CHVs at Kiamwarimu

Dear Friend and partner

Happy new year!! After going above and beyond to stay still amidst uncertainties of 2020, we get to meet here again still on a unified mission of ending FGM in Kenya. Thank you for your support. I am humbled and look forward to a more fruitful year.


As children resume learning in Kenya, there is a need to resume advocacy to end FGM in the same measure; if not more. And what a better way to do this than to pick right from where we left during school advocacy in Karantini Primary school in Nyamakoroto, Karantini, Machururiati, and Kiamwarimu primary schools alongside Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) in Nyamira county, Kenya.


HFAW got the opportunity to speak to girls between 9-15 years on the health effects of FGM. The objective of the sensitization forum was to empower the girl child with knowledge on resisting FGM. It is quite worrying that the more students stayed at home following the government announcing all schools to be closed and children to go home as a measure to curb the spread of Covid-19, there were increased cases of FGM. Thus, to reinforce the anti-FGM Message, and reiterate our stand against the harmful practice, we reminded the girls to remain cautious and report anybody persuading or forcing them to undergo FGM. Also, we spoke to the boys on how to be their sisters' keepers by helping report when aware that a classmate is at risk of undergoing FGM.


Additionally, we handed the school head HFAW Child protection posters to be placed at strategic positions within the school to act as a constant reminder that children need to be safe and healthy.
The outreach was successful. One of the key outcomes is that HFAW Received commitment from the students to be vocal about the issues facing them.


"if I get anybody planning to cut a girl, I will educate them on the effects of FGM. we have heard what we have never known come back when the whole school is open so that we share more', said one of the participants.

Dear partner, how comforting it is to know that you are seeing the change you are making in our community. You are empowering vulnerable girls with knowledge and skills to resist FGM hence increasing their chances for a better and brighter future. HFAW hopes that we continue collaborating, sharing, and learning from each other through this project.

Gladys from HFAW, handing over posters Machuriati
Gladys from HFAW, handing over posters Machuriati
CHV leading a session at Machururiati school
CHV leading a session at Machururiati school
 
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