The Youth for Youth (Y4Y) project used a different approach to reach youths with important information on HIV/AIDS and reproductive health where secondary school pupils mentor primary school pupils with information they had been provided with. Y4Y was a peer led programme, which has been implemented in Western Kenya, Bungoma County since 2003. The program had been implemented in 5 Bungoma sub counties in the western region of Kenya under the Unite for Body Rights program (UFBR) in the sexual and reproductive health and rights alliance (SRHR alliance) that is supported by the Dutch government. It had three main components, which include: (1) school peer education (2) service delivery with monitoring and follow-ups (3) outreach education in the community.
Civil Society Strengthening
CSA participated in SRHR networks in Kenya this year and there has also been participation in technical working group meetings especially in MoH technical working group. The project was supported in planning and conducting several community outreaches that were conducted by CSOs. There has been training of CSOs on project and financial management for sustained IGAS.
Working Towards Achieving MDG 2 and MDG 4-6
There was training of CSO’s on sexual and gender based violence and also 2 sensitization meetings for school administration and MoE to support PALS and teacher trainings. 18 secondary school teachers, 25 primary school teachers and close to 400 in and out of school PALS had been trained. Edutainment activities were conducted four times where more than 960 youths had been reached. The project facilitated provincial administration for SRHR community education. 8 service providers, 56 community health workers and 8 peer providers had been trained. There was continuous supervision and collection of data from peer providers. There were advocacy meetings to support access to ASRH services.
Key Results Include:
- Strengthening civil society organizations
- MDGs 4-6
- Enabling environment
- Increase capacity of partner organizations
- International lobby and advocacy