WOMEN EMPOWERMENT:-

The new constitution of Kenya, Article 81(b) maintains a one third requirement for either gender in all elective bodies. This means that for all elective bodies, one third of their composition must be women; Article 91(f) states that every political party must respect and promote gender equality and equity in its composition.

The Kenyan constitution promised solutions to Kenya’s problems one of them being gender discrimination. Most of the Women in Rural areas are not aware of this and HMDS will enlighten them on the same. Women empowerment is another focus area of the HMDS project and is geared towards educating women on their political rights, roles and responsibilities. This programme will aims at enabling women to take up political roles more so at the grass root level. With the introduction of the new constitution HMDS recognized the need to equip women with the necessary skills to enable them to participate fully in the electoral process not just as voters but as candidates.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT:-

Through Vocation Training:

The proposed action entails equipment of Youth Polytechnics with adequate teaching and learning facilities to train youths in vocational skills to make them employable, economically independent and responsible members of society. The project also involves cross-cutting issues including Entrepreneurship for self-employment, Gender mainstreaming, IGA initiatives for project sustainability, HIV&AIDS awareness and Environmental conservation education for healthy living. The Government appreciates the fact that the informal sector has become the biggest employer in Kenya today and supports the development of YPs to enhance vocational training for self-employment and creation of more employment opportunities for the youth. The target youth will include: youth infected with HIV/AIDS; female youth; the unemployed youth; and out-of-school youth.

The proposed action will embrace the following 8 specific objectives:-

  1. Provision of adequate tools, machines & computers, textbooks and materials will improve access to teaching and learning facilities and reinforce quality training in partner YPs. HMDS also proposes to enable project YPs to construct two workshops/classrooms per year.
  2. Career up-grading for instructors; Management training for BOG members and facilitation of annual stakeholders evaluation seminars will enhance project YPs academic and managerial performance and functioning.
  3. Mentoring of the Girl-child through Guidance and Counseling will mentor their confidence, not only in training but also in socio-economic independence.
  4. Entrepreneurship training will spur and enhance self-employment and creation of other employment opportunities. Provision of start-up tools adds value to the concept and hopefully it will quicken youth employment and enterprise creativity in project areas.
  5. Public YPs suffer inadequate resources base for Institutional development and efficient management. Training of BOG members in IGA initiatives and management will go a long way to address mobilization and development of self-sustaining resources in project YPs.
  6. Inadequate sports infrastructure denies project YPs the benefit of activated learning that sports/games bring about in the student body. Provision of sports items and organization of Inter-YP sports competitions will improve the learning experience in project YPs.
  7. HIV&AIDS is fatalistic and has no known cure. Youth are the most vulnerable group. Creation of awareness is inevitable to prevent HIV infection.
  8. Good environment translates to healthy living. It is inevitable that youth internalize the practice of environmental conservation to assure healthy living, as a way of life.

 

Through civic Education:

This programme will aims at enabling Youth to take up political roles more so at the grass root level. With the introduction of the new constitution HMDS recognized the need to equip youth with the necessary skills to enable them to participate fully in the electoral process not just as voters but as candidates

Income Generating Activities (IGAs):

The project will build and are run small businesses such as fish ponds, poultry rising, small scale sugar cane/maize growing, Greenhouse farming and milk sales.

 

HMDS NEXT STOP AFTER RIFT VALLEY PROJECTS: KAKAMENGA COUNTY – WESTERN KENYA.

The project is expected to start immediately we have a willing donor to partner with – particularly those supporting Vocation Education, Youth and Women.

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KAKAMEGA COUNTY.

The headquarters of Kakamega County is Kakamega town. The county had a population of 1,660,651 according to the 2009 census figures. It lies 50km north of Kisumu.  The county has seven administrative divisions: Kabras, Shinyalu, Navakholo, Lurambi, lkolomani,  lleho and Municipality. The county lies within an  altitude of  250-2000m. The average temperature in the county is 22.50 C most of the year. Local inhabitants are mostly Maragoli of the Luhya tribe, whose economic activity is mainly farming.

Kakamega is largest sugar producing company; Mumias Sugar is located in Mumias within the county. Kakamega gold rush occurred in the early 1930, fueled partly by the reports of the geologist Albert Ernest Kitson. Kakamega was also a major filming location in the box office blockbuster “Ernest Saves Christmas” starring Jim Varney.

Kakamega Forest

Kakamega Forest Reserve, in Shinyalu Division of Kakamega District, is a world famous equatorial rainforest known for its diversity of bird and insect life. Its uniqueness makes conservation its top priority. A visit to the forest will give you a feel of what the Amazon looks like. The forest is a natural wonder that has a large variety of indigenous trees as well as species of different animals and bird life. This rain forest, which is the only one in Kenya, covers 240 km and has many different types of plants and species of butterflies, many of which can only be found here. The indigenous Mysopsis Eminee, locally known as Mama Mutere(Murere), has a multitude of medicinal qualities that are believed to help cure ailments such as prostate cancer and stomach aches. The timber is very valuable and consequently, this tree has become an endangered species over the years. The climate is very wet with over 200 -700mm of rain annually.

Socio-Economic Overview

The town of Kakamega is situated on the edge of world renowned rainforest, not far from Lake Victoria. Along with its exceptional natural beauty, Kakamega offers an authentic representation of East African village life. Yet, two-thirds of the region’s population falls below the poverty line. Basing on 47 counties in Kenya Kakamega has been ranking the poorest County in Kenya - Socio-Economic Atlas of Kenya 2014. The County contributes 4.8 per cent to National poverty with poverty incidence stands at 49.2 per cent. The report further shows that the county has 809,500 people living below poverty line. The county relies on water and land resources surrounding their communities for livelihood. With seventy-five percent of the workforce engaged in agriculture, they farmers face growing problems of soil erosion, deforestation, water pollution, and desertification. The situation with HIV/AIDS is particularly striking in the Kakamega region, where awareness levels remain low. Lack of technical skill to the youth has been a factor that contributed to the County being poorer and it is with this situation that has called upon HMDS to plan to shift here Youth Polytechnic – Vocation Training program to be undertaken in the County in near future. We have concept Note on the same where donor community and the Government of Kenya has been asked to contribute for it to successes.

The Objectives of the Project

The main objective was to have trained youth who are employable, productive, self-reliant and responsible members of society. The specific objectives were:

  1. Reinforcement of youth polytechnics through provision of learning and teaching facilities; tools, equipment, textbooks and computers
  2. Career upgrading of instructors and capacity-building of Board of Governors (BoG) members
  3. Establishment of girls’ clubs, guidance and counseling, and Income-generating projects
  4. Entrepreneurship training and start-up aid to ex-trainees
  5. Promotion of sports, provision of sports materials and organization of sports events
  6. Raising awareness on HIV&AIDS
  7. Environmental Conservations.
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The other Projects Targeted in The County:

Civic Education on Youth and Women- Their Rights to participate in Voting

The civic education will base on matters of: importance of participation in Voting and having a National Identification Card. This new format of training ensures that the participants not only keep the information to themselves but pass it on to others and also act on it appropriately.

The workshops will be held every month at the ward level. Local leaders such as women group leaders, religious leaders, CBO leaders are trained at the workshops and thereafter they form civic education coordinators. The civic education coordinators will be formed to ensure that information gained at the workshops is passed on to other community members. They will also ensure that participants and the local community are able to interact with local government officials and report cases of corruption, human rights abuse to the relevant Authorities.

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT:-

Article 81(b) of the new constitution maintains a one third requirement for either gender in all elective bodies. This means that for all elective bodies, one third of their composition must be women; Article 91(f) states that every political party must respect and promote gender equality and equity in its composition.

The new Kenyan constitution promised solutions to Kenya’s problems one of them being gender discrimination. Once the constitution was adopted in 2010, women across the country became aware of the new opportunities this new dispensation was bringing to them.

Women empowerment is another focus area of the HMDS project and is geared towards educating women on their political rights, roles and responsibilities. This programme aims at enabling women to take up political roles more so at the grass root level- Kakamega County in this regard. With the advent of the new constitution HMDS recognized the need to equip women with the necessary skills to enable them to participate fully in the electoral process not just as voters but as candidates. The same will apply to Youth in the County. Through, the Women Groups, Youth Groups and other Youth Institutions we will be in a position to meet them and train.

 

Youth and Women Empowerment Projects - Income Generating Activities- Revolving Funds among the Groups.

The project will build and are run small businesses such as fish ponds, poultry rising, milk sales and Handcraft making. HMDS will provide revolving funds to the groups where each member of the group will be able to borrow money for his or her project activity. The funds will be return to group and another member again is in a position to borrow.

The project will also organizing community service, focusing on environmental conservation, building and reinforcing peace groups, local garbage collection, and educating community on how they can get reliable water for their communities through rain water harvesting from their homes.

“We invest in Youth AND Women today- we are investing in Future Kenya”. Help us to achieve this with you partnering with HMDS.

 

    

 

 

 

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Technical and Vocational Education for Youth

(VIJANA NA UJUZI) This is a replicable project from TLV- Youth Polytechnic reinforcement project work to enhance vocational training opportunities for the youth out of school.
Project Youth Polytechnics variously offer training in Motor Vehicle Mechanics (MVM), Carpentry & Joinery, Metal processing, Masonry, Fashion & design, Hair dressing & beauty therapy, Information Communication technology (ICT), Electrical & electronics, Food technology and Agri-business courses. Any YP is free to introduce a new course, so long as there is demand for it, i.e. there are students, instructors and other relevant facilities to teach it. 

Vijana Na Ujuzi
The global objective of this project is to contribute to the elimination of poverty and social exclusion of people dependent on the informal economy and other under privileged groups in target communities.

The main Objective is to get trained youth who are employable, productive, self-reliant and responsible members of society 
The strategies to achieve this is through partnering with public Youth Polytechnics

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Spurred by Co-operaid - the Swiss donor – HMDS has gradually cut down on primary school education sponsorship to focus Youth Vocational skill Training. The move was justified by the high dropout rate of primary and High school students who, without employable skills in a country suffering 70% youth unemployment rate, faced near impossible choices in their future lives.
Youth Polytechnics under the Ministry of Education and Technology – ‘Directorate of Vocational Training’ were found to be the ‘best’ option to address the situation; to train and equip school dropouts with vocational skills and to make them employable, self reliant and productive citizens. The initial 3-year project, dubbed “Tumaini La Vijana” – TLV- (Hope for the Youth) was implemented between April 2008 to March 2011, in 12 Youth Polytechnics namely, Nakuru, Molo, Dundori, Subukia, Maji Moto, Marigat, Cheberen, Kabimoi, Mogotio, Kituro, Ochii, Nginyang. The project is being replicated in the “Vijana Na Ujuzi” (Youth with Skills) January 2012 to December 2014). The whole mark of this concept was to reinforce and revitalize the Youth Polytechnics and provide the youth with skill training opportunities that make them employable, socio-economically independent, self reliant, productive and responsible citizenry.
The YPs offer training in a number of trades that includes Carpentry & joinery, Engineering, Fashion and Design and other Textile programmes, Catering & hospitality, ICT, Motor vehicle technology, Welding and metal fabrication, Electrical and electronics, Plumbing, Building technology, Hairdressing & Beauty therapy, Food processing and Refrigeration/Air Conditioning.
Objectives of TLV project was:

i. Reinforcement of partner YPs through provision of learning and teaching facilities i.e. tools, equipment, materials, textbooks and computers.
The aim is to provide necessary and adequate equipment, facilities and materials to reinforce and revitalize quality teaching and learning in project YPs.

ii. Career upgrading of instructors and capacity building for BOG members.
To up-grade careers for instructors to Diploma level – Government’s threshold to instruct in YPs – to ensure efficient and quality training services and capacity-build Board Members on their roles, responsibilities and functions to ensure efficient and sustainable YP Management

iii. Girl Child guidance and counselling and IGA project development.
To empower the Girl-child to understand, demand for and practice their (Child & women) rights as enshrined in the UN Charter and Kenya Constitution. Equip the girl-child with Income Generating Activity (IGA) knowledge and skills for self employment and socio-economic independence in life.


iv. Entrepreneurship training and start-up aid for ex-trainees.
Train Youth in entrepreneurship skills and provide ex-trainees with start-up tools/machines and materials to facilitate self-employment enterprises. The objective aims to open doors to socio-economic independence and improved livelihood among ex-trainees and their communities.

v. Promotion of sports: provision of sports facilities, materials and organization of sports events. Facilitate refreshed and stimulated preparedness for competitive sports and academic performance. 300 to 500 students participate at every event whenever held.
vi. 6. Awareness rising on HIV&AIDS
The infection incidence of HIV&AIDS remains very high at 4.6 - 6%, and youth are the most vulnerable. HMDS educates, sensitizes and counsels the youth on prevention in their YPs and organizes public campaigns to disseminate correct info


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Help Mission Development Services in collaboration with CO-OPERAID came up with the following objectives:
The overall objective of the project is to diminish the malaria disease by creating awareness, educating and inspiring target beneficiaries into participatory prevention and management of malaria.
Malaria project commenced in the month of April 2011 and is to be implememnted for a period of 9 months. The project implementation covers the following activities:-

1. Distribution of Mosquito treated Nets,
2. Malaria Education Campaigns and
3. Environmental clean-up to reduce the breeding of mosquito.
The project is implemented in baringo county in Rift Valley province of Kenya. The target beneficiaries of malaria project are school going children, households, children under the age of 5 years and the aged as they are the most vulnerable group to malaria.
HMDS is collaboarting with the Ministry of Public Health, at district level in Implementing the project. Dr. Masongo, Dr. Pius Biwot and Dr. Laban the District Public Health Officer (DPHO) of Marigat District Hospital assisted in facilitation during Malaria Education Campaigns. The area chiefs, Head teachers, school chairmen, headmen some areas counselors and the general community members participated actively.

HMDS has implemented Malaria prevention campaigns, Environmental clean-up and nets distribution in four locations of Marigat District namely; Salabani, Loboi, Sandai and Araban locations.
We had 528 school going children benefiting from nets distribution,4,192 other groups of beneficiaries of aged, non- school going children and pregnant women. So far 2,000 nets have been distributed. ( 1,972 nets by the time of Bi-annual report). We are remaining with 1,600 nets which will be distributed to school going children before the project comes to end in December 2011.
Malaria Education campaigns reached 1,640 people who also participated in environmental clean-up.
Some of the dificulties encountered were famine in the project area, and cattle rustling.
All in all, we were able to reach the beneficiaries and conducted all the projected activities.

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TUMAYAKI means “Tuishi Maisha Ya Kitaalam”, i.e. Let’s Live Professional Life.’ The runaway unemployment rate in the country and inadequate start-up capital among young entrepreneurs form the driving force behind this concept and activity.
The main objective of TUMAYAKI is to diminish poverty among youth and make them self-sufficient through provision of affordable micro-credit services, to enhance self-employment, poverty alleviation and improve livelihood. The programme:-
i. Identifies and supports young entrepreneurs (individuals and groups)
ii. Organizes entrepreneurship and micro-financing training before and during loan servicing
iii. Provides micro-credit loans to qualifying entrepreneurs
iv. Organizes sports and Music events to integrate business experiences, ideologies and practice among beneficiaries.
Young entrepreneurs aged 24-35 years and carrying on legal small scale enterprises are legible. Agency officers ensure that applicants have properly understood what is expected of them and regularly abide by project operating guidelines. HMDS capitalizes on this approach to promote the saving culture among beneficiaries. It looks forward to establishing a vibrant revolving micro-credit fund for enhanced benefits to the community. Altogether, the project has invested Kshs.3,129,700.00 in the programme. The effort continues and is turning lives around for the better.

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Click Here to read the Tumayaki Microfinance Report Nov  2011

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PILOT PROJECT ON SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

This project was supported by CISU through 100% for children and it was implemented in 24 schools in Kenya. 12 by HMDS and 12 by Positive life Kenya.

The aim of the pilot was to facilitate children and youth in expressing their own voice on reproductive health issues and try out aspects of the child/youth inclusive approach of Active Awareness in sexual education in schools.

The intervention objective was to test engaging and awareness raising comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) education.

The intervention focused on both girls and boys, to enhance a better understanding and respect for themselves, the other sex, and strengthen their knowledge of own rights over body and mind. The focus was on youth-inclusive approaches to Sexual Education. The project was a test pilot that anticipates a larger second phase Life Skills project in 2019

 The long term overall objective was to promote independent and critical thinking among students in selected schools in urban and rural Kenya.

 

During implementation of this project we focused on sexual health of students both in primary and secondary school on piloting.  This was due to earlier unexpected pregnancy in our schools forcing most of young girls to drop out of schools.

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REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACTIVITIES 2008-2017 IN YOUTH POLYTECHNICS

When HMDS started working with Youth Polytechnics in 2008, we found out that young people lack correct and comprehensive information on key Reproductive Health issues including HIV and AIDS and harmful cultural practices. This was due to the fact that; encounter barriers in accessing Reproductive Health (RH) lack of essential health knowledge  and services, lack of access to youth-friendly services, lack of knowledge on where to access services and backward  cultural and religious practices. These made young people more vulnerable to sexual abuse and violence, STIs including HIV, planned pregnancies, FGM, early and forced marriages. During our discussion with the youth, we found out that parents lack capacity to communicate with their children on sexuality due to cultural norms. Also, youth spent most of their time in school where parents think that they should learn life skills education program that can provide this.

During year 2008 -2011 Help Mission Development services Implemented Reproductive Health in 12 Youth Polytechnics both in Nakuru and Baringo County under the Project “Tumaini La Vijana” (TLV) - Hope for the Youth which included Girls Clubs and HIV/AIDS project activities. The beneficiary Youth Polytechnics in Nakuru County were: Nakuru YP, Dundori YP, Subukia YP and Molo YP. In Baringo, we had 8 YPs which benefited namely: Mogotio YP, Kabimoi YP, Cheberen YP, Majimoto YP, Kituro YP, Ochii YP, Marigat YP and Nginyang YP. The total population reached was 1,544 youth (997 boys and 547 Girls).

During the period 2011-2013 we had Vijana Na Ujuzi (Youth with Skills) Project that catered for six Youth polytechnics namely; Njoro YP, Kakoto YP, Saptet YP, Ndumdam YP Cheptuech YP and Rongai YP. With a population of 589 (305 boys and 284 girls).

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REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACTIVITIES 2004-2007 IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS

When HMDS started working with Primary schools in 2004, we found out that young people lack correct and comprehensive information on key Reproductive Health issues including HIV and AIDS and harmful cultural practices. This was due to the fact that; encounter barriers in accessing Reproductive Health, lack of essential health knowledge. This made young people more vulnerable to sexual abuse and violence, STIs, HIV, unplanned pregnancies, FGM, early and forced marriages. During our discussion with the teens, we found out that parents were illiterate, lack capacity to communicate with their children on sexuality due to cultural norms.

 During the period 2004 - 2007 we worked with 12 primary schools and we provided reproductive health activity under girl’s club component in these schools. These schools were:  Misakwani Primary in Machakos, Olarinyiro Primary and  Kwanjiku Primary in Laikipia, Ainapmoi Primary in Samburu and, Kongasis Primary, Utalii, Analat Primary and  Nduriri Primary, Nakuru, Ng’ambo , Illing’arua, Sintaan, Loberer Primary, Nginya’ng primary, Mugurini primary and St. Maximilla Kolbe Primary schools in Baringo.

Goals

The goals of the activities in primary schools were:

  1. To improve the accessible to quality Knowledge and services on reproductive health to young people in these learning institutions.
  2. Reduce unplanned early pregnancy in schools.
  3. Reduce the rate of girl’s drop-out of schools.
  4. Reduce/ eliminate early and forced marriages in young girls.
  5. Reduce female genital mutilation (FGM) in the society
  6. To improve their access to knowledge on HIV/AIDS, STIs, STD.

Provide free guiding and counseling and general life skills

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THE MAKA PROJECT

MAKA project had two components. The first is the normal regular training that takes place in youth polytechnics and guided by the official vocational skills curriculum developed by the national government. The second is the short-term training which is supported by a curriculum developed by the project to take care of the needs of people whose interest was to acquire quick skills and or certification of skills they already possessed. In the MAKA project short term courses were offered in the YPs already equipped in the earlier two project phases. Project support to the YPs included equipping the YPs with tools and machines needed for training, provision of text books, computers, infrastructural renovations, training of instructors, training of Board of Management (BOM) on management of YPs, and cash grants to cater for normal consumables during training.

Youth who underwent the regular training also benefited with individual start up kits while those who trained in short causes received start up kits in groups of three. Girls benefited from sessions with mentors, mainly drawn from successful people in trades similar to the ones they learnt. Girls also received guidance and counselling sessions and life skills sessions, in addition to participating in a ‘Girls Day’ event where all girls from all YPs met to dialogue and find reason to believe in themselves. In this forum they met role models and shared experiences to boost their self-esteem.

That MAKA project worked with 7 YPs. Four (Cheptuech, Mogotio, Ndungiri and Njoro) offered short courses full time but also offered regular courses, though the short courses were not supported by MAKA project. They were nevertheless part of the previous project phases (TLV and VNU). Two (Lion’s Hill and Kware) offered regular courses and one (Rongai) offered both regular and short-term courses. 

 

Besides support to four YPs to develop and implement the short courses and strengthening of other three YPs, the project targeted to train 480 youth in short courses and support them for employment and self-employment. An estimated 225 of these trainees would be girls. An estimated 940 trainees enrolled in YPs were to participate in an inter sports event. Additionally, 20 instructors were capacity built to provide short courses in their respective trades, while 9 of them were to take part in advanced training courses. In relation to the management of the institutions, 39 BOM members were to benefit from management capacity training each year, reaching a total of 117 BOM members.

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