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