Mar 9, 2011

First Training takes place

Group discussion during the training
Group discussion during the training

In January, the first training of HIV+ facilitators took place in Mariakani, near Mombasa, Kenya. Carried out by Beatrice Imali and Hellen Kagwiria, the training  designed to provide the seven participants with skills and techniques that help them to improve and maintain their physical and mental health.

The participants came from three HIV/AIDS support groups, Tumaini la Bwana, Afya and Kanepha (with a total of around 90 members) and part of the trainees' role in the project is to pass what they have learnt to their friends and colleagues. Visiting Tumaini la Bwana a month after the training, John Cornwell (representing ICA:UK) was impressed by how the trainees had been able to pass on what they had learnt, and the increased levels of confidence and skills the groups were able to show. A more formal follow-up is planned for later this month.

With the success of this first part of the project, we are now looking at ways to extend the approach to a further 10 HIV/AIDS support groups in the Mariakani area.

Hellen Kagwiria (standing) with trainees
Hellen Kagwiria (standing) with trainees
Dec 22, 2010

First Training Planned

The first training of 7 HIV+ facilitators is planned for the second week of January. The money raised through Globalgiving has been sent to Supporting Community Response, our partner in Kenya, and they are preparing to run a five-day training of facilitators, after which each facilitator will return to their own HIV+ Support Groups and pass on what they have learnt through weekly sessions of half a day over a period of seven weeks. It is exciting that we are able to make a start with the programme and we are looking forward to informing all our Globalgiving supporters of the progress next time. 

Oct 6, 2010

Working for the breakthrough

Two big developments over the summer- we are now registered on the Globalgiving US site, meaning our project is accessible to many more potential donors and supporters, and we have been using the results form our Globalgiving campaign as a basis for seeking further funding from Trusts and Foundations here in the UK. We are also actively seeking volunteers to help us with this task.

Meanwhile in Kenya our partner SCR is exploring the possibility of working more closely with another local organisation, ICA Kenya, who have adopted a similar approach with HIV+ people in neighbouring Eastern Province, and considering how the project can be started with less funding.

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