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Introducing myself and my journal: Empowering Vulnerable Families in the Slums

About Me:
Our mission is to give hope and purpose to the vulnerable women, youth and children in kenya through advocacy and capacity building programmes. Currently we have about 250 orphans and vulnerable children at Children of Africa Hope Mission in Ng'ando slums in Nairobi. We provide them with food, education and psychosocial support but the biggest challenge is lack of resources to effectively run our project. We are requesting for partners who can collaborate and network with us to achieve our objectives.

My Passions:
Caring and compassion for the suffering humanity

My Challenges:
Lack of resources and homophobia in Africa

My Vision for the Future:
To reach out to all provinces in Kenya with our projects for the poor and vulnerable families.

My Areas of Expertise:
Teaching and counseling.

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Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

Riruta UW Empowerment Programme's picture

Re:Vibrant resources

Hi Fatima!
I am so glad I got connected with PulseWire. It is actually exciting reading what is happening around the world. I can tell there are vibrant resources here and I have found this website to be resourceful. I am going to be active and I will learn more from this vibrant online community.
Peace too!

Anne Khadudu Baraza,
CEO- Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme
+254 729880651/ 020 2602803
!27-00502 Karen, Nairobi Kenya

Maria Cuellar's picture

Welcome, Anne!

Hi Anne! Welcome!

You have joined our colorful community at a very exciting time. You can now make friends, read interesting journal entries, and take advantage of the many resources available through Pulse Wire. Our community is alive and constantly changing, so you'll find new stories and resources every day.

I look forward to hearing more from you on PulseWire!

Warm regards,
Maria

Riruta UW Empowerment Programme's picture

Re: I am back

Thanks Maria.I am back and ready to work on the web. I have been busy with the children and women programs. I am posting what we have been doing. I know with PulseWire we shall do alot of networking and consultation

Thank you again.
Anne

Anne Khadudu Baraza,
CEO- Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme
+254 729880651/ 020 2602803
!27-00502 Karen, Nairobi Kenya

jadefrank's picture

Welcome

Hi Anne,

I am inspired by the work that the Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme is doing in Kenya to care for orphans. I hope that you can utilize PulseWire to connect with women and organizations who are working in a similar field - so that you can share and learn from each other, and hopefully partner together to create success stories for the orphaned children of Kenya.

I've found that the more our members share about themselves through their journals, the louder their voice becomes in the community and more visible their work is to other members. I suggest using your journal to share more about the great work that Riruta UW Empowerment Programme does in Kenya. Share the stories of the children!

Below are some members on PulseWire who are involved in empowering youth and orphans, or who are community leaders in Kenya.

Consolata Waithaka
Director, Women's Hope
http://www.worldpulse.com/user/857

mamaAfrica
Fouder/Director, Project Africa
http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1511

leahcheruto
Assistant project coordinator, pastoralist youth network group
http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1763

kimberleys
Information & Media Relations Manager, Campaign for Female Education
http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1994

Aboling
Executive Director, Village Network Africa
http://www.worldpulse.com/user/2048

Dana Gold
Program Director, Infinite Family
http://www.worldpulse.com/user/2103

We are looking forward to hearing more of your voice here on PulseWire and learning more about the good work that you and your organization do for the orphans in Kenya!

Warm regards,
Jade

Online Community Manager
World Pulse

Hi Jade.
I am so excited to be connected with PulseWire. I will visit these links and see what my friends are doing. I was held up but I am now back on the net.
Thank you.
Anne

Anne Khadudu Baraza,
CEO- Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme
+254 729880651/ 020 2602803
!27-00502 Karen, Nairobi Kenya

Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme (RUWEPO) NGO held a one day LGBTI human rights and sexual orientation awareness seminar for 36 participants in Bungoma on March 27. There were a total of 27 women and 9 men who participated in the workshop drawn from women self help groups and diverse religious backgrounds.
Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme addresses disadvantaged and marginalized persons especially women, youth and children with the aim of giving them hope and purpose in life without any form of discrimination.
Anne Baraza, CEO of Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme, said that working with lgbti is a challenge to those who hold traditional values. She said “sexual orientation is discovered but not chosen as many people tend to think. Even many schooled mothers reject them emotionally due to homophobia and tran sphobia. Many a times religious institutions impose their own values to lgbti.”
She said that women in Africa should know that they have an ethical and moral obligation to address gay & lesbian issues in an affirmative manner. They are the ones who give birth to LGBTI and usually more close to the children than their fathers. The mothers should not join in stoning LGBTI but instead show acceptance and maternal love to our LGBTI children. “We have to embrace human diversity and mothers have the key to unlocking the stalemate on homophobia”, she said.
She implored women in Africa to take up their responsibility as mothers to take the steps necessary to eliminate all forms of oppression and discrimination of our children based on sexual orientation. “We must protect our LGBTI African children by all means”, she said.
She said women should correct their faulty assumptions & homophobia towards the homosexuals. African women must confront their personal prejudices, myths, fears, and stereotypes regarding homosexuality. “Educating women on human sexuality is educating the whole nation”.
Jane Wanangwe, Project officer of Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme said that education on sexual orientation is badly needed in all spheres of life for the African woman to address ignorance on human sexuality. She said that in 1973 after thorough research, the American Psychiatric Association and in 1975 the American Psychological Association stopped calling homosexuality a mental illness.
She said many people think that the homosexuals need to be cured. This is a fallacy. They are not suffering from any sickness. They just happen to fall in the other group, the minority group. This group is entitled to human rights like any other person. Women should be the first ones to change their attitude towards these people and accept them as normal human beings in their midst.
Rev. John Makokha, Other Sheep Kenya Country Coordinator, said that this is the time for women to protect their LGBTI children outside their wombs. He said “Women of Africa arise and shine when it comes to the dialogue on sexual orientation and human rights. We are counting on you since history has shown that you can be the salt of the community”.
He said no religion in the world talks about sexual orientation as we understand it today scientifically from well researched sources and experience. It is high time religious leaders stopped being judgmental and respected science as an option for further sources of knowledge. “The Bible is a book about God and not a book about human sexuality”.
He said “I know persons who have accepted their sexual orientation as a gift from God and live productive and spiritual lives better than some homophobic heterosexuals”.
A participant said that usually when a child is born and discovered later to be LGBTI, the mother faces a lot of persecution both from the husband and the community. This occasionally leads to divorce since culturally the woman is to blame for bringing the “curse”.
It was interesting to note from some participant that it was her first time to hear of LGBTI. To her it was a shock and said she had never come across any homosexual person. This seminar was an eye opener.
The seminar participants were issued with photocopied literature on LGBTI and human rights issues.
The following Recommendations were made by the Participants;
1. They requested for more days in future for human sexuality and human rights seminar.
2. They requested for a seminar on HIV/AIDS prevention among same sex relationships.
3. They requested for counseling programs for PFLAG since there is a lot of confusion and stigma.
4. They requested for seminars for their religious leaders since they are the ones who perpetuate homophobia and hatred through their sermons and teachings.
5. They requested for more audio-visual materials and literature on LGBTI so that they can watch and read and be well informed on issues of human sexuality in regard to science and religion.
6. They requested for literature on sexual orientation to be translated in Kiswahili since majority of them do not understand English.
7. The women in Bungoma are still a sleeping giant when it comes to human sexuality and human rights issues. More empowerment seminars are needed. They conceded this was new information for them in the community.

These LGBTI Human rights awareness seminars were successful with the grant support from X-Minusy Solidarity Foundation (The Netherlands).
By Anne Baraza, CEO
Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme NGO

Anne Khadudu Baraza,
CEO- Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme
+254 729880651/ 020 2602803
!27-00502 Karen, Nairobi Kenya

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