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Centers of HOPE

HOPE worldwide Kenya (HWWK) defines a Center of HOPE (COH) as a community venue where a range of services and information are accessed and shared. These Centers are the means through which the footprint of HWWK is left in the communities served. Community transformation is the goal.

 

The Centers of HOPE worldwide Kenya’s areas of core competencies and:

  • Provide a focal point for community development, transformation and empowerment, bringing together volunteers, donors, staff and community beneficiaries.
  • Provide a focal point where training and capacity building can occur for local development, as well as scaling up and replication of effective services.
  • Provide a structured environment for volunteers to effectively contribute to  the well-being of their community .
  • Are a place of inspiration and creativity, where innovative, grassroots community-development is able to incubate and develop..
 
Economic Empowerment

Poverty is a key determinant of health. When a country’s economy is ailing, chances are that sickness and disease reign within its population. The youth form 60% of Kenya’s labor force yet ¾ of this group remains unemployed despite their potential. In as much as the youth are key beneficiaries of HIV-prevention and support services they are still among the most vulnerable because of lack of employment.

It is in this light that HOPE worldwide Kenya works to build the capacity of communities by integrating economic empowerment into current health promotion interventions. This effort supports individuals and groups to improve their living standards and quality of life.

The interventions include training the youth on hair dressing and beauty therapy, computer skills, soap and candle making, and dress-making. Many of the beneficiaries who have been trained, especially those trained in hair dressing and beauty, are now employed or have started their own businesses.

 
Community Systems Strengthening

Build the capacity of communities through the Community Groups (CBOs, FBOs, Youth Groups, Women’s Groups, Support Groups of People Living with HIV (PLHIV)), and others to implement successful programs.

Community organisations do not have adequate capacity to shape, implement, monitor and evaluate actions that are likely to have considerable impact in their member’s lives. There is poor sustainability of programs begun by NGOs because of a hand out culture instead of sustainable capacity building.

 
HIV Related Services

HOPE worldwide Kenya (HWWK) has adopted new strategies in HIV prevention in line with emerging national and international trends. Two most notable developments are the implementation of evidence based interventions (EBIs) and the increased focus on combination prevention approaches. Centers of HOPE are now services hubs through which behavioral, biomedical and structural interventions are rolled out to the surrounding communities.

Already HWWK staff have been trained in a number of EBIs including prevention among people living with HIV also known as Prevention with Positives (PWP) and Healthy Choices I & II and are reaching clients with these interventions. The organization is also rolling out Families Matter! Program (FMP) through which parents of 9-12 year olds are trained on how to effectively communicate with their children on sexual reproductive health. Healthy Choices is an intervention that targets youth aged 10-17 years with appropriate HIV prevention messages.

In 2011, HWWK will concretize the provision of a combination of behavioral and biomedical services to any beneficiary visiting the project sites.

 
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