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Jan 22, 2019

A Jubilant HFAW Cellebrates 5Years Milestone

CHHRP Celebrating HFAW @5
CHHRP Celebrating HFAW @5

As Hope Foundation for African Women turned 5 years on 19th December 2018, it was a milestone celebration for the Community Health and Human Rights Promoters (CHHRP). Sharing their five-years-journey’s achievements and challenges of their gender advocacy work to change attitudes, practises and behaviours towards ending Female genital mutilation and gender based violence.

Gladys Nyasuguta, one of the CHHRP’s and a survivor of FGM practise, besides gaining the boldness to share her story, conduct community outreaches, she has also gained the skills to facilitator the trainings. She is able to stand today as a co-facilitator to train men and women on anti-FGM/GBV, “Am so happy today that am standing before you, the esteemed men of our community, among you, my husband being present, for us to talk and discuss about FGM and GBV. I thank all of you for hearing and accepting our call. We thank you for the support you have shown us even though from a distance. But today, you presences here is a confirmation that we are ready to walk together to the path of ending FGM….”

Lydia Moranga “…When we talk of change in behaviour, attitude and practises, it begins with me and you. Myself, I was a cutter, before HFAW reached out to me. Cutting because I need to earn a living and support my family. But since I got trained and become part of CHHRP, I stopped cutting. I realised the effects of my action. And I discovered that I am much better now, through the economic empowerment project of HFAW. I DISCOVERED INNER PEACE KNOWING THAT AM NOT HURTING ANY SINGLE GIRL ANY MORE, INSTEAD, AM PROTECTING THEM FROM THE HURT. Am so happy to see all of you hear (referring to the 25 men being trained), my heart is strengthen. Who said that we will be able to meet all our needs by waiting to cut a little girl’s piece of body? There is nothing of economic gain that we get from cutting our daughters. To our husbands, hear me out!  It is total hurt. Let us stop, and stop it!”

Martha Mariaka “Since I was a young lady, I was very shy to stand before my mates and talk. I got married, had my children but still couldn’t even sit down to talk with them. Imagine, how could it be possible to stand before fellow women, men, young people and children to talk about anti-FGM/GBV, sexual reproductive health, human rights and economic empowerment? How? This questioning was overcame by HFAW 5 years ago when I was trained as one of CHHRP.  And today, we count at least 20 schools, 15000 students, 4000parents and 250 teachers that we have reached out with ant—FGM/GBV and number of girls that we have directly saved from planned FGM practise against them. Only 3 out of 7 men that were trained accompany us. Today am happy to know that 25 more men will be joining us in this journey…”

Your support dear friends, donors and partners, has made this possible. Has equipped the CHHRP with the knowledge and power they need to continue carrying on this work. With a total of 52 trained and equipped community health and human rights promoters now, the journey still continues.

FGM Zero Tolerance day, February 6th is coming. Join us as CHHRP take to the streets and all corners of the Kisii community to advocate for zero tolerance of FGM.

Thank you so much for you continued support. We continue to appeal for your advice, financial and technical support. Please continue sharing HFAW’s work with your friends and family.

Thank you again for what you have done to promote this cause.

Sincerely and with gratitude

Gladys, Facilitating the 25 Men's training
Gladys, Facilitating the 25 Men's training
Lydia, sharing her milestone as a CHHRP
Lydia, sharing her milestone as a CHHRP
Martha, sharing her milestone as CHHRP
Martha, sharing her milestone as CHHRP
CHHRPs say to "Together we are Winning"
CHHRPs say to "Together we are Winning"
Jan 7, 2019

Leaving No Men Behind to End FGM

Having a class Dynamic
Having a class Dynamic

Dear friends and supporters,

We are pleased to share with you our work on ending female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) during December 2018. 

On 19th to 20th December, using Popular education Model, HFAW trained 25 men living with FGM survivors on understanding the sexual, health and other issues that come with surviving FGM practice and how to address them.

During the training, Haron, one of the participants said, “Watching this video showing how it is done, is the most disturbing thing I have seen in this year. We fathers we just say to our daughters, ‘Go, and be cut!’ or to our wives, ‘take them there!’  We have never seen how it is cut. This is real torture we are doing as Abagusii community. Some mothers do not even do it out of willingness, but do it because they want to please us men! This is not right at all. From today am not going to sit and watch my daughters and nieces and friends succumb to this torture. If we men roar, FGM will scatter! “

After the training, the participants had a chance to have Egesa radio recording on 30th December, so as to reach out to the entire community and Nation through the local broadcasting.

We apologise the recording was done in Kisii language, so as to reach out to local community in a more understandable way

However, you can still follow and listen to this through https://youtu.be/v4ymCqpioqM. The beauty in the tone of their voices tell it all

In the audio, the first voice is Jackie Barongo, from Egesa Fm broadcaster,

2nd is Thomas, a retired nurse and one of the participant saying,” I did not have knowledge about the dangers of FGM. But after the training and listening to the testimonials told by the community health promoters, I am, more than ready to join efforts in ending FGM. We have the power to end this.

Then Ariga, “Am so grateful for this training. Especially how it has been conducted.  I fully understand my role in ending FGM. And I call upon fellow men, that we reach out to those men who do not know yet, reinforce on the FGM policy we have learned about, so that those that are still practising FGM out of ignorance to stop.

Gladys Nyasuguta, FGM survivor and one of the HFAW community health promoters, sharing health complications she experienced trauma and major tears during delivery

And lastly, Joyce Amoyi, HFAW grassroots officer talking about the school, church, and communities outreaches that as a team with community health and human rights promoters carry out.

Dear partner , this training was possible through a grant from our International Methodist Women, Global Media Campaign to End FGM and some of your donations here at Global Giving. You, GMC and IMW have had direct impact on Men and Girls. We know that what we are doing now to bring Men too as advocators is uprooting FGM slowly but surely and as you can see we could not do without your support. We continue to appeal for your advice, financial and technical support. Please continue sharing HFAW’s work with your friends and family.

Thank you again for what you have done to promote this cause.

Sincerely and with gratitude

Leah Wandera

Dr. Grace, Facilitating on the FGM Health Effects
Dr. Grace, Facilitating on the FGM Health Effects
Class Web of life activity and  Closure Picture
Class Web of life activity and Closure Picture
Egesa FM Recording for Broadcast
Egesa FM Recording for Broadcast
Nov 15, 2018

Shocking teenage pregnancy Rates and HFAW's approach to the problem

Christmas tree decor gift-Angels made of sisal & b
Christmas tree decor gift-Angels made of sisal & b

This year teenage mother’s numbers soared across the country. We have witnessed cases where 9 girls in just one school are pregnant! Meanwhile government and non- governmental organizations are trying their best to salvage the situation. Nyamira County which is our work location is among the top five out of 47 counties in prevalent rates. This issue has challenged HFAW and we continue to engage with children, parents and teachers the much we can.

We have noted that many organizations working with children and even churches approach issues of sexual reproductive health insisting on abstinence and theological perspective only-- not engaging in sex before marriage. Obviously this is not working.

Young people need age appropriate, comprehensive sex education in order to prevent this problem. Parents, teachers and leaders need to come together and the accountability process requires to be improved.

Using Popular Education and Social Change Communication approaches, HFAW has been able to engage children with the age appropriate information about sex. In small group discussions, children are able to open up and ask questions to demystify issues related to sex that they are not able to talk with their parents, part of this due to our society conservative culture that finds it a taboo and shameful for adults to speak about sex with children. Information given to them by HFAW staff, HFAW Youth and Community Health and Human Rights Promoters (CHHRPs) also surpasses what the children’s peers might tell them in terms of content and knowledge. Our trainings of police on accountability processes and support needed to the victims is helpful but not nearly enough.

Here are a few quotes from the students who have accessed our information

“We have been advised as boys to ‘zip’ our trousers and girls to ‘cross’ their legs in matters concerning sex” said Origi a boy in grade 6 at Tindereti school

“I have learnt that engaging in sex at an early age can lead to pregnancy and early marriage, a factor that affects the girl child mostly. ” said Moraa, a school president at Riamanoti primary school.

“I now know that there are consequences for both the girl and the boy when they engage in sex at early age. One of them is pregnancy that sometimes leads girls to do unsafe abortion.” said Kemunto a grade 8 pupil at Gesibei primary school.

We would not be able to do this without your support. We invite you to make your donation through a gift card or buying a Christmas angel from our HFAW Handicrafts project collection to support this work.

Click http://www.hopefaw.org/product-category/artifacts/ to see the collection of angels and other African handicrafts. Please share this information with your friends and colleagues and explain to them why you care about this cause. Thank you

Edutainment engagement - Keep Her Safer
Edutainment engagement - Keep Her Safer
Maintain her smile away from vulnerability
Maintain her smile away from vulnerability
 
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