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Jun 23, 2020

Covid-19 measures connected to Alarming Cases of Teenage Pregnancy in Nyamira and Kisii

HFAW CEO, Grace (right) and Nancy, radio presenter
HFAW CEO, Grace (right) and Nancy, radio presenter

Dear Partner and Friend

We hope you are safe and taking good care of yourself. The past few months have been tough for the whole world because of the Covid-19 outbreak. We continue to stand in solidarity with every person affected by Covid-19. We are hopeful that we shall come out of the pandemic stronger.

Here at Hope Foundation for African, we are grateful that you have chosen to support us in life skills education to end teenage pregnancy. Our advocacy programs are needed now more than ever given the saddening reports from local media that since the outbreak of Covid-19, 4,301 and 2,741 girls in Kisii and Nyamira respectively have been impregnated. Additionally, there are cases of increased cases of FGM in the region going by the media reports. The worrying trends is taking us back to where we began.

Over the past one month, we have done one media outreach where we spoke on local radio station on how the closure of schools has led to a spike in cases of rape, FGM, and child abuse in Nyamira and Kisii counties. We applauded children’s officers for warning parents on the need to supervise their children since there are equally increased cases of child negligence in Nyamira and Kisii. We emphasized that taking care of children is a shared responsibility which all members of the community should be willing to take. Also, we spoke on the worrying trends of young girls being wooed by gifts in exchange for sex. We reached at least seventy thousand listeners. Although we would love to conduct the media outreach more frequently, we cannot because of challenges in facilitating the program. Nevertheless, we are highly appreciative that we can do even one outreach. The audio clip of the interview can be found here

Dear partner and friend, no amount of words can ever describe our gratitude towards your generosity and love for our community. You have been supportive. This is encouraging and motivating. Kindly consider sharing this project with your friends and family so that they can see the impact you are making in our community. Stay safe.

May 20, 2020

The Critical Role of Media in Training CHHRPs during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Media outreach at Minto FM, Kenya
Media outreach at Minto FM, Kenya

Dear Friend and Partner

We hope you are fine and safe. It is a tough time.  We would like to remind you that we are strong, resilient, and will come out of this stronger. We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe.  We are humbled by your support. It makes our community a better place each day.  

The pandemic adds to the endless list of the problems our community currently deals with. The restrictions on movements enforced through the partial lockdown in Kenya has made it challenging for CHHRPs to hold advocacy activities on the ground. Luckily, it is also the time we have apprehended how the media can come in handy in creating awareness on the issues affecting our society. Therefore, during this period, we have been empowering the masses with skills and knowledge on how to end FGM, various forms of GBV, create awareness on how to stop the spread of Corona Virus, and promoting children’s rights.  Also, we have employed equally effective social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to run campaigns targeting the same topic areas. We are happy to report that we have received positive outcomes from the platforms. We have reached at least 40,000 people nation-wide through radio and over 500 through our social media platforms.The community members have been responding positively to the messages and even asking how they can continue to be champions of change while obeying the measures input by the government of Kenya to control the spread of Corona.

Dear partner, you have been so kind and generous to our community. You have given us hope that change is possible. We ask you not to relent. We need your support on the journey to train more CHHRPs through alternative and effective methods. Please consider sharing our work with your close friends and families so that they can see the positive impact you are making in Kenya. Above all, stay Safe. 

May 7, 2020

Corona Virus Putting Our Girls at More Risk-We Need You!

HFAW CHHRP during a session with the students
HFAW CHHRP during a session with the students

Dear Friend and Partner

I trust you are keeping safe. We are living at uncertain times because of the outbreak of the Corona Virus Disease. We are hopeful that we will defeat this disease together and come out stronger. We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation for your generosity in remembering the girls who are at risk of undergoing FGM. Indeed, as the disease persists, we get worried about the girls who are now within their homes without anyone to remind the parents and community members not to subject the girls to FGM. However, we are grateful for the support you have shown to our girls. Through your efforts, our community health and human rights promoters can create awareness on the need to end FGM and keep girls safe.

Over the past two months, we did school outreaches in four schools; Don Bosco, Hillview Complex, Don Bosco, Hillview Complex, Ritongo primary school, and Nyakongo primary school. In total, we reached 1107 students, teachers, and parents.  The children reached were between 12 and 15 years.  They were taught on the importance of abstaining from sex and resisting the pressure of undergoing FGM. We are excited to report that the outreaches were very successful, and we look forward to more forums to engage with the younger generations on their health and safety.  However, as we mentioned previously that the holidays are typically the ideal time parents and cutters subject girls to FGM, we are worried that the children may be at the most risk for FGM.  It is because of the decision by the government of Kenya to temporarily close schools because of the Corona Virus that took effect in mid-march. Already, there are reports by mainstream media in Kenya that cases of FGM are beginning to rise. 

Our school and other group activities slowed down due to government announcement of lockdown, and curfews resulting from covid 19. However we continue to inform the public through social media and other traditional media such as local radio stations. Your contributions this time is more important than ever before. Please continue reaching out to your friends and relatives on our behalf. Again, thank you.

In this report, we have attached an audio clip of some of HFAW's recent work covered on Radio Citizen, Kenya.  In the audio clip that is recorded in the Gusii language, Gladys, HFAW community and healthcare workers, is urging community members not to subject girls to  FGM. Also, she is teaching them how to maintain healthy relationships with the children like ensuring they spend enough time on direct interactions with the children instead of on phone. Generally, the program reached 40,000 people in Kenya. 

Yours sincerely

Students are attentive whil learning their rights
Students are attentive whil learning their rights

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