YWCAAIDS :: THE "BAWA" PROJECT

Prevention and Advocacy on HIV/AIDS

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Applying sports, culture and creative arts as tools for prevention and advocacy on HIV/AIDS and as a means of long term economic empowerment for young women, out-of-school, and other disadvantaged girls under the custody of bar waitresses/grandmothers residing at Kibagare informal settlement in Nairobi Kenya.

Kibagare BAWA Girls Initiative is a Young Women Campaign against AIDS (YWCAA) project funded by the African Women Development Fund (AWDF). The project applies sports, culture and creative arts as tools for Prevention and Advocacy on HIV/AIDS and as a means of long term economic empowerment for young women, out-of-school, and other disadvantaged girls under the custody of bar waitresses/grandmothers residing at Kibagare informal settlement in Nairobi Kenya. The main objectives of the project is to identify talents/life skills, and categorize them in to sports or creative arts and be fine-tuned in to activities aiming at economic empowerment; build stronger understanding on drugs and drug addiction and the negative effects; undertake sensitize on HIV/AIDS through prevention and advocacy; and sensitization on sexual reproductive health rights, gender and nurture leadership among young women and girls.

A total of 30 out-of-school girls are participating in the initial pilot project. They have been sub divided into groups based on the identified talents. Each group has a mentor who takes the teams through a mentorship package that is based on the identified talent and skills. This group of young women are also expected to be peer educators and mentors within the community. The expected outcome of the project is empowerment of the 30 young women, disadvantaged, out-of-school girls, community empowerment with knowledge and information; and how to encourage innovation and guide the younger generation, particularly young women who are vulnerable; and contribute to advocacy on policies and legislation in favour of young women, particularly the disadvantaged ones.

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HIV/AIDS & WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

YWCAA in partnership with the Stephen Lewis Foundation offers training in small scale business skills and provide start-up revolving community funds for economic empowerment to bar waitresses and grandmothers (BAWA)in order to make a meaningful choice of earning a living and reduce their exposure to violence and HIV/AIDS. The program also looks into empowering the beneficiaries with relevant information on HIV/AIDS, knowledge on basic legal rights and advocacy skills, reproductive health, human rights, rights to decision making and leadership.