Innovative HIV prevention approaches to reaching young people in Kenya
Published on February 24, 2014 um 10:19
Name of Enterprise
Kericho Youth Centre
Hospital road box 1346, kericho, Kenya
Type of Enterprise
Enterprise has a positive impact on
peace-building, health, youth
Year the enterprise was founded
Summary of your enterprise
Kericho Youth Centre Profile Kericho Youth Centre (KYC) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Kericho County, South Rift Valley province of Kenya. KYC implements HIV/AIDS Prevention, Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, peace building, and economic strengthening programmes targeting the young people. KYC begun as a Focused Group Discussion group (FGD) in 2005 and was later registered in 2007 as an NGO. Its membership is open to all the youth aged between 15-35 years and community based youth groups.KYC was formed with a principle to provide Youth friendly HIV/AIDS prevention services. KYC has been able to counsel and test over 60,000 youth and community members to date.KYC has been also been able to offer internship and mentorship programs for over 50 college students, networked with over 150 youth self-help groups. Of these, 18 groups have received funding for various income generating projects. VISION Highly informed, empowered, healthy youth and communities MISSION KYCs mission is to serve as an empowerment centre for the youth and communities, equipping them with life-enhancing skills through: economic empowerment, leadership & governance, health, environmental conservation programmes aimed at making them productive and self reliant Why target the youth? The youth form the section of the community which is a high-risk group faced with difficult circumstances because majority live in poverty, are out of school, they are married off while still young especially girls, they are sexually and physically abused, they are victims of retrogressive cultural practices that enhance vulnerability. The lack of respect for young people's basic rights manifested by these situations leave them vulnerable to HIV infection.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Success story Through the integration of various activities such as provision of VCT and Reproductive health services, internship and mentorship programs for youth in colleges and youth out of school, KYC has been able to establish a model youth centre that sees an average of 100 youth(half of these being new clients) access services and information on a daily basis. KYC has been able to attract several donors and supporters who are interested in youth related activities.
Sustainability and future plans
The organization is currently funded by 2 donors: the Henry Jackson foundation and I choose Life Africa-Fanikisha. We have a resource mobilization team consisting of 5 individuals whose roles include proposal writing, fundraising and networking with potential donors.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I have a degree in education ARTS and Diploma in project management. I have also received training in grants management training. I have worked with youth since 2007 in HIV prevention projects, mentoring youth on life-skills, peace building and leadership and governance. I am hardworking, smart thinker, proactive and patient person. I am a team player as well as a leader. I have been awarded both a gold and silver standard certificates from the President's Award Scheme. I am proficient in proposal writing and have been able to write 4 successful proposals which has earned our organization over kenya shillings 50 million(US dollars: 500,000) annually for the last 2 years.
Beauty pageant participation during Worlds AIDS Day celebration
A peer education session on HIV prevention
Youth in action, drama activity on HIV prevention