Young Women Campaign
Against AIDS (YWCAA)
Promotion of Equal Rights & Social Justice for Women, Young People and the Vulnerable


The acronym BAWA refers to Bar Waitresses, and a Kiswahili word that translates to 'wings to fly' in YWCAA's context. The BAWA program that aims at giving the grandmothers 'wings to fly' (empowerment) was initiated by YWCAA in partnership with Cordaid Kenya and the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) in 2004. The idea was to mitigate the socio-economic effects of HIV/AIDS among women, with special attention to young women serving as Bar Waitresses to earn a living. In 2007, YWCAA through support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation expanded the BAWA program to include the urban marginalized grandmothers living within four informal settlements of Kibera, Kibagare, Mukuru and Kawangware. The 'giving birth' strategy, where a 'BAWA' best practice group gets the honour to initiate another group has seen the BAWA groups increase. Kibagare 'BAWA' being one of such groups has given birth to the Maajabu Grandmothers Self Help Group. More

Succeess Stories

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