In Siaya, Western Kenya, almost 1 in 4 people is infected with HIV and specifically adolescent girls are vulnerable. Although already sexually active, they lack knowledge about protection, HIV prevention and the confidence to say no to sex and discuss (safe) sex with their boyfriends. dance4life will build the knowledge and skills of 1000 of these girls. By getting empowered, they become confident to make conscious decisions about their sexual health, relationships and family planning.
Kenya has the fourth-largest HIV epidemic in the world. In Siaya county almost 25% of girls under 15 are already sexually active. Although HIV prevalence amongst the general population has fallen, young women continue to be disproportionately affected by the epidemic. They lack knowledge about HIV prevention and skills to say 'no' and discuss safe sex with their boyfriends. Many poor girls engage in transactional sex or relationships with older men for money which results in high HIV risks.
The project will address lack of empowerment amongst girls through our 4 step approach: STEP 1: INSPIRE youth through music, dance, personal stories and drama. STEP 2: EDUCATE on life skills developing their knowledge, self-esteem, negotiation and critical thinking. STEP 3: ACTIVATE them by building personal leadership and encouraging to spread the positive influence to their peers and communities. STEP 4: CELEBRATE their achievements in staying healthy and in charge of their lives and future.
The project will build the knowledge, confidence and personal leadership skills of 1000 young girls, allowing them to make conscious decisions about their sexual health and future. They will be able to articulate their needs and have more decision making power. Which they will spread further to hundreds of others in their circle of influence - peers, parents, community - and they too will be able to break out of barriers that hold them back from becoming leaders of their own lives.