HOPE worldwide Kenya has been implementing projects that aim at reducing HIV infections among Adolescent Girls and Young Women using integrated approaches that address the social economic determinants of the disease in informal settlements. The DREAMS Project is funded by the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) though Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Bold Idea for Girls Project is funded by Grand Challenges Canada (GCC).
On 14th September 2018, girls in Mukuru kwa Ruben informal settlement were in for a surprise – a special mentorship presentation. About 70 girls from the two projects, who prior to the event had been undertaking a 2 day training on how to start and or grow their businesses were waiting in anticipation. They turned up early for this first mentorship event not knowing what to expect.
Flora is a very eloquent and confident girl in class 6 at Gatoto Community Primary School. She is an in- school beneficiary of the Adolescent Empowerment Programme (AEP) initiative implemented by CARE in Kenya in partnership with HOPE worldwide Kenya (HWWK) in Mukuru informal settlement, Nairobi. Flora is 11 years of age and a 3rd born in a family of three. She dreams of being an actress when she completes her studies.
Flora is an active member of life worriers AEP group comprising of 20 members. She opened a Smarta savings account on 10th of April, 2018 with Post Bank and started saving individually.
“The most interesting AEP session I ever attended was on savings and that is how I learnt about saving. This really motivated me to open an account and start saving on my own. I started saving because of the challenges I have been facing with my family. Living in Mukuru informal settlement can be very challenging,” narrated Flora.
Esther Kendi was enrolled into the DREAMS Project in the year 2016. At the time of enrollment she was living in Fuata Nyayo village of Nairobi south ward and doing a small business of knitting and minor clothes repairs.
"When customers were hard to come by I used to do casual jobs like washing clothes for people to earn a living. After getting enrolled into the DREAMS Project, I started receiving services like HIV Testing Services (HTS), entrepreneurship training, financial capability training, and family planning among others. I gained knowledge on how to run my business properly. I also benefited from a business start-up kit which boosted my fashion and design business," narrated Esther.
HOPE worldwide Kenya works with children and youth to improve their quality of life through responsive and innovative health programing among under served communities in Kenya.
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Fifteen Kenya Kids caregivers last week received a training on Voluntary Savings and Loans Associations. These are savings groups that are formally registered with the government, whose members engage in table banking and access group resources from micro finance institutions and banks.
The caregivers got to hear the experiences of Mr. Kamau, the lead Community Health Volunteer in the Ruai Nilinde Project who has helped many caregivers empower themselves through creating strong savings groups.
Christine Syombua (right), a 30 year old mother of one, is a beaming green grocer based in the dusty Kamulu town, Ruai Sub County. Her semi-permanent shop is strategically placed near the road where passengers and drivers in public service vehicles pass by to order her well displayed fruits and vegetables. She narrates her story:
“I joined HOPE worldwide Kenya’s Nilinde* Project in 2016 where together with other caregivers we formed a Voluntary Savings and Loans Association (VSLA). Through this group, we saved KSh. 50 every month and eventually, we saved up enough for table banking. Later that year, I borrowed KSh. 1, 500 from the group and used it as capital to start my green grocer stall. I started by selling bananas, oranges and tomatoes on a small counter.”
It has come to the attention of HOPE worldwide Kenya that some unscrupulous individuals purporting to work for the organization are soliciting money from unsuspecting members of the public on claims that they can help them secure employment opportunities.
All job vacancies are advertised and awarded on a competitive basis. The recruitment process starts with a vacancy advertisement through media and/or on our website www.hopewwkenya.org. No one should pay money for selection, interviews or employment to a vacancy purported to be from our organization or for favorable consideration for any other service.
HWWK will not hesitate to take legal action against any individual/s found to be involved in this misrepresentation of job opportunities to the unsuspecting public.
Children from the Kenya Kids and JamQuest projects enjoyed an end year Christmas party to mark the end of a successful year 2017. During the joyous event that was held on 11th December 2017, children and their caregivers enjoyed playing games and sharing a special Christmas meal that was prepared for them. The caregivers also took part in a talk on effective communication between parents and children.
Over the last 8 years, JamQuest has sponsored children in Kenya with school fees, helping them to get an education, pursue their dreams and have hope for the future. The JamQuest team last year hosted an exciting art event at Radford University, Virginia dubbed 'heART to heART' to raise funds to educate more needy children in Kenya. Apart from raising much needed funds, the team also created and sent beautiful gifts, letters and cards for the sponsored children.
The Nurses strike that lasted 5 months came to an end in November 2017. When the announcement was made, the Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary-General Seth Panyako regretted the protracted strike which exposed ordinary Kenyans to pain and suffering and apologized to the patients who had to bear the burden of the industrial action. (https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2017/11/five-months-nurses-strike-called-off/). Josephine was expecting her bundle of joy, unsure of what would happen when the time came to deliver her baby since the nurses strike was ongoing at the Meru District Hospital where she was to deliver.
At age 25, Sinfrosa Njeri, a mother of one seven year old boy has been through what seems to have been a journey of a thousand miles. Born in Mukuru informal settlement in Nairobi County, Kenya, she found herself in a home where her mother struggled to feed and educate her and her siblings. At the time, her mother sold bananas at two shillings each which gave them a meager earning to survive on.
In 2012, the Government of Kenya released the minimum service standards for quality improvement of orphans and vulnerable children programs in Kenya. Caregivers in the HOPE worldwide Kenya Nilinde Project formed a Quality Improvement (QI) team to oversee and ensure the services offered to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) in their areas adhere to these minimum standards. The team is comprised of 15 members including representatives from the Ministry of
Esther Muthoni Kinuthia was a victim of the post-election violence that rocked the Country in 2007. She and her family resided in Mathare then and had survived only with their lives and the clothes on their backs.
The HOPE worldwide Kenya Nilinde Project distributed bursaries to caregivers in Dandora, Nairobi on 7th July, 2017. A total of 128 secondary school girls and 150 primary school girls received bursaries. Out of these, 23 girls from Dandora Secondary School received full year bursaries and a years' supply of sanitary towels. A total of Ksh. 4,132,200 worth of bursaries were distributed at the auspicious event held at Dandora Primary School. The area Chief, Mr. Kingori, graced the occasion and handed over the bursaries to the caregivers. Staff of Dandora Primary School also attended the occasion and expressed their gratitude for the good work that is being done by HOPE worldwide Kenya and Plan International Kenya.
HOPE worldwide Kenya joined other organizations in marking the Good Deeds Day-an international day set aside for doing and celebrating good deeds commemorated on 2nd April , 2017. Staff came together to contribute food and clothes to distribute to needy families in the communities where we work. As a result, four families received food that would feed them for one month.