DWELE plans to educate and provide psychosocial health support for 100 girl-children internally displaced to grassroots communities in 2008 post election violence and vulnerability-displaced children due to poverty, HIV&AIDS and cultural gender disparities in host communities in western Kenya. DWELE will also train Caregivers (parents/guardians) on pro-poor Group Savings and Loaning Methodology for socio-economic empowerment to mitigate impacts of poverty and AIDS. Project mainstreams gender.
The 2008 post-election violence in Kenya displaced 11471 persons (1936 women, 7419 children) persons to their ancestral communities Bondo/Rarida Districts of Siaya County where poverty and impacts of HIV&AIDS loom high. The fact that many of women suffered sexual violence and got HIV infections from rapes worsen the situation. Due high poverty, HIV rate and retrogressive culture most displaced and poor host community children remain extremely vulnerable - more so girls due to patriarchy.
Educating internally displaced children (75% girls); facilitating psychosocial therapy meetings for all project participants (children and Caregivers); providing sanitary pads/kits to teenage girls; training of trainers on Child Counseling and Group Savings and Loaning methodology for Community Resource Persons; training of Caregivers on Group Savings and Loaning methodology; facilitating M&E learning processes and facilitating thematic gender and HIV&AIDS dialogues, debates snd discussions.
The project will educate and provide care and support to 100 for social and professional development and skills train 100 Caregivers on pro-poor Group Savings and Loaning methodology for sustainable socio-economic mitigation on poverty and impacts of HIV&AIDS, which will break poverty cycle, generate psychosocial health outcomes among children, Caregivers and their communities and bridge the gender gaps in highly patriarchal target communities with retrogressive culture-based gender inequity.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).