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Need: Medical Camp - Kuwinda Slum

Wangu Kanja Foundation (K) in partnership with The Woman’s Hope Trust will organize a medical camp for Kuwinda slum in Karen and the theme of the day will be “Rise Up” against sexual violence/abuse.

On 20th December 2008 Wangu Kanja Foundation and Woman’s Hope visited kuwinda slums to celebrate Christmas with the children, where we donated basic items like soaps, sanitary towels, clothes and panties. Sweets, biscuits, juice and cakes were given to boys and girls under the age of 5 years.

Before we distributed the items we had a session to share basic information on relationships, sex, sexuality, sexual violence, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/Aids. To our surprise we were asked by the youth to organize a medical camp for them because of the following:

1.The number of sexual violence/abuse cases that go unreported in the slum due to lack of information.
2.Many young girls are nursing bacterial and fungal infections (Sexually transmitted infections).
3.The number of young mother is alarming in the slum. Girls below 18 years are mothers of two or three children. The infants end up dying of different diseases due to HIV/Aids, the mother don’t know their HIV/Aids status and are reluctant to do so due to the stigma and lack of information on the various issues mentioned.
4.Young boys and girls go for swimming together in a nearby river, end up practicing how to have sex in nearby shrubs. The HIV positive children end up affecting the negative children believing that HIV/Aids is for adults’ or mature people alone.

By having the medical camp on the 6th of March 2009 from 8am to 5pm we will be delivering what the young girls and boys of Kuwinda slum had requested us to do during our visit in December. During the medical camp voluntary counseling testing (VCT) services will be provided and disseminating of information through a sharing information forum, posters, brochures, bookmarks and soccer balls on the above mentioned issues we will be able to save lives and have them make more informed choices.

Back Ground of the Foundation
The Wangu Kanja Foundation (K) is a registered Trustee under the Perpetual Succession Act Chapter 164 of the Laws of Kenya. The Foundation was born from challenges that the founder Wangu Kanja went through after she was raped in a carjacking incidence in 2002. Her traumatic experience in the hands of the rapist, family, friends and the public led to her realization that she needed to take action to provide hope and healing for, survivors of sexual violence.

It is now evident that rape can no longer be ignored. Civil society organizations and the media have brought the hidden social problem into the public arena. The Foundation has taken up the challenge to ensure that necessary strategies and structures are put in place, at various levels of society to reduce and eventually/eradicate rape in Kenya.

Vision: To promote awareness, encourage empowerment, support and promote healing for anyone affected in any way by sexual violence. Mission: To ensure the provision of comprehensive and accessible crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

The Woman’s Hope Trust is a registered trust. Women coming up from all over the world with a selfless spirit to support one another in achieving their goals so that every woman is successful in relation to various aspects of life such as education, gender, healthcare and distribution of resources. Vision: Empowering women for success with a renewed spirit and Mission: Ensuring that every woman lives her desired dreams and her bets life in terms of education, gender, health employment and other economic activities.

Objectives of the Session:
•Advocating attitudes and behavior change. Encourage the community to engage in meaningful activities.
•A reduction on cases of HIV/Aids, sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancies, stigma and trauma among the community due to sexual violence.
•Providing a platform for the residents of Kuwinda slum to get to know there HIV/Aids status by offering VCT services
•Avail comprehensive health interventions and information among the community.

For more information on how you can support or partner with the foundation to make it a sucess kindly get intouch with us on wkf@jambo.co.ke or Tel: +254 722 866 504

Best Regards
Wangu Kanja

Comments

Auma's picture

Thank you for all that you do,Wangu.

For all the prevention advocacy to have an impact,the youth need these services more than ever.information is never complete.Sexual abuse and AIDS are issues that take communities several steps behind! Women are affected most,and so we need more and more information and participation.

Kudos for your work!

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