Bold Ideas for Girls (BIG) Project






On 26th October 2013 HOPE worldwide Kenya (HWWK) received a one year grant from Grand Challenges Canada to implement the Bold Ideas for Girls (BIG) Project in Mukuru Slums.

Grand Challenges Canada is funded by the Government of Canada and supports bold ideas with big impact in global health.

Program Scope:

The Bold Ideas for Girls program will solve health issues and their core determinant factor which is poverty. It will be piloted in four of the eleven villages within the larger Mukuru Slums in Nairobi, namely Mukuru kwa Ruben, Mukuru kwa Njenga, Mukuru Kayaba and Lunga lunga. The interventions will gradually be scaled up across the entire Mukuru community. In subsequent years it will be replicated in other slum settlements.

It includes a combination of approaches:

  • Scientific Innovation: This approach will adopt the use of Evidence Based Interventions[1] (EBI) in the prevention of sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS. The use of EBIs is being rolled out in the programs funded under PEPFAR.
  • Social Innovation: This approach will address social issues including situations and circumstances which subject women to risky sexual behavior, and will focus on improving their life-skills. Research shows that women from socially stable and financially strong families are less likely to contract HIV compared to those living in abusive, demeaning and deplorable conditions with limited basic necessities of life.
  • Business Innovation: This will address the plight of girls and young women who live in poverty, have dropped out of school without attaining employable skills and are thus subjected to many societal handicaps and ills that afflict the urban poor. The Private-Public Partnership model and networks will be employed to leverage resources that will ensure sustainability.

Program Objectives:

  1. 500 girls aged 15-24 years in Mukuru Slums have received Evidence Based HIV Interventions
  2. 500 girls have received messages on gender norms, self-esteem, decision making, assertiveness and leadership in 12, 2 hour-sessions (one session per month)
  3. 250 girls have started receiving 'second chance' secondary school education
  4. 250 girls have received vocational and entrepreneurial skills training


1] EBIs: As being implemented in the ongoing CDC-funded HIV prevention programs in Mukuru Slums.