YWCAAIDS :: About us

BACKGROUND INFORMATION



Young women Campaign Against Aids (YWCAA) is a non Governmental Organization that was founded by a group of young women graduates in the year 2000 as a community based Organization,and later in 2004 as a non Governmental organization in Kenya. The initiative begun as a merry go round women group with an objective of empowering young women economically by making small contributions and giving loans to members for economic well being.The experience that some of the members had:- Working in bars during the holidays and supplement university upkeep was a point of reflection that made the team focus on advocacy and prevention targeting bar waitresses as the primary beneficiary.Further,losing close family members to HIV/AIDS related challenges proved to be a turning point to address the impact of HIV on women and the family.It is a fact that despite the economic challenges that women face, one major drawback is vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and gender based violence.On brainstorming how to deal with the scourge among women,members of YWCAA resolved to focus on young women particularly bar waitresses taking into consideraton their work environment that made them vulnarable to HIV/AIDS and other associated dangers.With time,YWCAA has expanded its coverage to the youth,ophaned and the vulnarable children,and the gransmothers.YWCAA's target areas are urban poor informal settlements and the rural areas.We work in Nairobi,Kenya in four selected informal settlements of Kibera,Kibagare,Mukuru,Kisumu,Makueni and Homabay counties.

  • Inspirational message from the Executive Director, YWCAA

    It is a journey worth taking, a fight worth the efforts in Solidarity Events with friends of YWCAA in combating HIV/AIDS...giving it a gender outlook working together with the communities, - majority being women...and not just women! Women that have seen it all in the face of devastation brought about by HIV/AIDS, being the care givers of the unlucky innocent children.... with HIV/AIDS knowing not the age, the frail, the poor or even gender! The young women and girls, grandmothers and bar waitresses in their selfless determination, ignoring their age and the socio-economic status brace the challenges and emerge heroines that are celebrated today by the society.The youth being among the vulnerable ready and ever willing to receive information about attitude and behaviour change put in us a face...a face that beams with the urge to continue...continue just giving the very best in fulfilling our dream...a vision to see a just and healthy generation that is free from the socio-economic and political bondage and misery; and is empowered with information and knowledge on how to fight HIV/AIDS and gender norms that ignite the spread...bowing down and rising up in unity; and lifting up our eyes to see a safe society where everyone enjoys equal rights... We believe in conquering, and we unite in doing so! Giving hope to the hopeless and a voice to the voiceless! This is what we stand for at YWCAA!

    By Ms. Perez Abeka Executive Director, YWCAA

OUR TEAM

  • Elizabeth Sirengo

    Chairperson

  • Phoebe Ongadi

    Treasurer

  • Daphne Nyangweso

    Special Programmes Advisor

  • Elizabeth Omollo

    Public Relations Advisor

  • Penina A. Achayo

    IT/Administrative Advisor

  • Lilian Kayaro

    Resource Mobilization Advisor

  • Perez Abeka

    Executive Director

  • Maurice Ouko

    Programmes Manager

  • Derrick Odongo

    Finance Officer

  • Macreen Hazel Anyango

    Admin/Finance Assistant

  • Dedan Ndege

    IT consultant

  • Peggy Achieng'

    Volunteer

  • Jullie Sinogo

    Programme Officer

  • Cynthia Irusa

    Volunteer

  • Eunice Mwende

    Programmes Officer

  • Purity Musembi

    Project Assistant

  • Sherine Okong'o

    Project Assistant