Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya

by Hope Foundation for African Women (HFAW)
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Train 120 Health & Human Rights promoters in Kenya
Gladys removing jiggers and applying oil to maria
Gladys removing jiggers and applying oil to maria

To Our Friends and Supporters,

Meet Maria from the Nyamusi ward of Nyamira, Kenya. She is elderly and a good example of many grandmothers and grandfathers who live with their grandchildren. Like many of her age mates she is jigger infested and an ardent supporter of FGM.

HFAW recently did an advocacy in Nyamusi School and found students who are jigger infected. We discovered that their grandparents are jigger infested as well. An earlier project with elderly and women living with disabilities had already exposed this jigger problem. Maria recounted how she had lost her daughter to diseases including jiggers. Because she is poor and did not own even a radio, she had no access to information on jigger’s prevention and issues of FGM.

It is hard to close our eyes to such a problem even though it is outside our mandate. Our role was to sanitize her and her house as well as educate about jigger issue and its eradication. We also spoke with other our trained health promoters to begin extending our work to this unreached village. In addition, we were able to educate her and others on FGM and its consequences. She was surprised that FGM was a harmful practice because she was teaching people to do it.

‘I didn’t know FGM is harmful’ said Maria. She encouraged us to tell the younger people.

She was grateful for the jigger treatment including that of her grandchildren.

 

Dear friend, we thank you for choosing to walk this journey of transforming the lives of girls and women and men in our community. What we did to the few grandmothers and grandfathers is the tip of the ice bug. Many more women need to be reached. It is one of the most heartbreaking situation we have ever come across. Kindly continue sharing with your friends and family so that they can support our work. Many grandmothers and grandfathers and children who are jigger infested expect us to go back and sanitize more homes.

Gladys washing Maria's legs
Gladys washing Maria's legs
Maria telling  a story about her daughter who died
Maria telling a story about her daughter who died
Jiggers infestation on his feet and toes
Jiggers infestation on his feet and toes
Maria's legs before being washed
Maria's legs before being washed
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HFAW Director, Dr. Grace Mose during filming
HFAW Director, Dr. Grace Mose during filming

Dear Friend and Partner

 

Happy New Year

It is wonderful to speak to you again. The new year brings hope and renewed energy to advocate for what is right and safe, and strengthen efforts in amplifying the voice of the vulnerable and people who need our help. As we reflect on what that means to us and how that guides our project of training community health and human rights promoters to help in fighting FGM.

When we started this project, we were ordinary people who saw the power of training in ending cultural vices ailing our society and threatening to subject vulnerable girls and women to the vicious cycle. 

The number of community health promoters trained and continuing to effectively and collaboratively conduct end-FGM, end-teenage pregnancy, and teaching life skills education has increased to more than 80. Furthermore, we are happy to have created links and networks at the local level leaders and healthcare providers. This milestone has impeccably transformed our operations at an organizational level and positive impact in creating needed conversations surrounding the safety and health of girls and women in Kenya.

Moreover, before going into the end-year break, we had a wonderful session documenting our story with support from the GlobalGiving team. Words cannot express how happy and humbled we were when we received news of this opportunity. This necessitated HFAW to bring on board the community health and human rights promoters who have been key in making a positive impact on the lives of girls and women who are at risk of FGM. The video follows  the journey of our founder, Dr. Grace Mose Okong'o. We look forward to sharing with you the final video. Our hope is that by taking part in this, you get to see the amazing work your support has done in our community.

Looking into 2022, we are more hopeful that this is the year to make our voices in ending FGM, teenage pregnancy, and gender-based violence louder and bolder. We welcome you to continue joining hands with Hope Foundation for African Women.

Some of HFAW CHHRPs during the filming
Some of HFAW CHHRPs during the filming
HFAW team and Dr. Grace's students during filming
HFAW team and Dr. Grace's students during filming
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Gladys from HFAW at Radio Vuna (past event)
Gladys from HFAW at Radio Vuna (past event)

Dear Friend and partner


We are is excited to speak to you again about the amazing and impactful work that you are doing in our community through your generous contributions.


Positively speaking, as we approach the end of the year, we cannot help but be amazed by how far we have come. The outbreak of Covid-19 created a lot of anxiety and uncertainties. With a lot of questions on how to implement the training for health and human rights promoters given the common priority to protect of keeping the community safe from Covid-19, we continue to brave through the period through reinventing and innovating safer ways of engaging the members of the community on how to end female genital mutilation and other forms of domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, child abuse, and improving access to life skills education.


Over the past few months, we have severally engaged on radio and social media for creating awareness on the health effects of Female Genital Mutilation and other forms of Gender-Based Violence, and child abuse. Although we have used this form of media in the past, what we love about it especially now as that it has enabled us to engage more actively on the issues we are advocating on at a mainstream level. Through this, we have gotten feedback on the effectiveness of the approach. Also, the platform has allowed us to gauge the change in perception among the community on FGM, other forms of GBV, child abuse, teenage pregnancy, and the need for life skills education. We believe that this is important because  the feedback will guide our next steps. Furthernore, it has supported us in creating relationships and networks with the media sector.


As we chart the way forward and learning to cope with the new normal of implementing our activities, we remain grateful that you choose to accompany us in this journey. Remember to share our work with your friends and family for them to see the smiles that you put on our faces. 

Lovingly, Hope Foundation for African Women team

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(from left) Dr. Grace Mose and Nancy, presenter
(from left) Dr. Grace Mose and Nancy, presenter

Dear Friend and Partner

How happy we are to be able to connect with you again. We have an exciting update on what we have been up to since we last connected. So much is happening in our community and we are very grateful to share with you how we have been able to train on life skills to community members through conducting 2 talk shows on Radio Minto , a local station attached to the National Broadcaster, Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation (KBC).


The talk show covered: Anti-FGM Campaign and How to end Gender-Based Violence in our community. The main speaker for the two shows was HFAW Founder and Director, Dr. Grace Mose, and moderated by nancy, Minto FM presenter.
Each show lasted for at least an hour and they were quite engaging because of the great feedback we received from the listeners. Some of the things that stood out from the talk show :

  • Gender-Based is on the rise and some of the reasons forwarded by participants include stress, poverty, Covid-19, and the Abagusii culture that a woman is inferior to a man. 
  • Anti-FGM campaings have been greatly limited by restrictions of movement following the outbreak of Covid-19. However, radio is becoming very influential in engaging the community and eliciting reactions that eventually lead to people being aware of the health effects of FGM , staying vigilant, and reporting possible cases. 
  • Lifeskills issues like early teenage pregancies are on the rise hence the need for guardians to be open to speak on sexual reproductive health. 
  • There is still more need for factual information on FGM to stop the myths surrounding the spread of the practice. 

Cumulatively, the show reached at least 80,000 listeners. Additionally, posts on the show were shared on social media platforms and podcasts were created. You can access the podcast by clicking here and here. We hope you enjoy the show just as much as we did.


We remain grateful that you choose to walk this journey with us. It is rewarding and eliminating violence from the community.

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HFAW Team and representative of CHHRP strategizing
HFAW Team and representative of CHHRP strategizing

Dear Friend and Partner

Happy New Year!!!

As we begin the year, there is so much hope for the various projects HFAW has lined up to be implemented this year. We are excited and cannot wait for you to see the positive change you are making in our community, courtesy of your support.


The Community Health and Human Rights promoters have been the backbone of HFAW's campaigns to promote the end of Female Genital Mutilation, end Gender-Based Violence, protect children, especially the vulnerable and poor, and promote civic and life skills education.


In 2020, through the engagement of Community Health and Human Rights Promoters, we reached at least 100 men living with FGM survivors who learned how to be part of the campaign to end FGM thereby assuring the current and future generations of girls and women safety from FGM. Through this, we got male allies who have been instrumental in not only presenting the male perspective of FGM but also holding interpersonal forums in a bid to bring to strongly advocate for the end of FGM.


Also, we reached 100 youths through collaborations with other youth-led organizations in Nyamira and Kisii. To achieve sustainable development, we need to invest in the knowledge and skills of the youths at the grass-root level. HFAW believes that the end of FGM and other forms of GBV, protection of children's rights, and having an empowered community largely depends on how well the youths have been prepared. As a result, more youths have expressed interest in being trained and helping in implementing HFAW youth advocacy.

Furthermore, with the commitment of CHHRP trained courtesy of your support, we reached other members of the society whose influence can end FGM, GBV, promote children's rights, and empower the community like law enforcers, children, and teachers. As a result, we have more teachers engaged in following and reporting to HFAW on the violation of rights at home or school. This was not possible before.


Looking into the present and future, we are focused on strengthening our monitoring and evaluation approaches to follow-track of the impact of our activities of training CHHRP in real-time. Also, we plan to adopt alternative and innovative ways of reaching out to more community members to become CHHRP.

As I have stated in the introduction, we have so much in store and we are humbled that you are part of it all.

One of Training of CHHRPs by HFAW in 2020
One of Training of CHHRPs by HFAW in 2020
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Hope Foundation for African Women (HFAW)

Location: Nairobi, Kiambu County - Kenya
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Dr. Grace Bonareri Mose Okong'o
Nairobi, Nairobi County Kenya
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