TO SERVE THE POOR WOMEN, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES,YOUTHS AND CHILDREN BY FACILITATING ACCESS To serve the poor and needy women, youths, people with disabilities and children by facilitating access to health care, education, relief, economic opportunities and legal needs through establishment of relevant programs, advocacy and local resource mobilizationMOBILIZATION.
To achieve its objective of raising the living standards of women, youths, people with disabilities and children, these being the most vulnerable groups, AAPSEJIK will be involved in a number of activities in various parts of the country. AAPSEJIK has eight main programs targeting women, people with disabilities, youths and children;
1. INCOME GENERATING ACTIVITIES (I.G.A) PROGRAM
AAPSEJIK will use Income Generating Activities (I.G.A) as entry point to improving health status of women, youth, people with disabilities and children.
Through the organized groups, AAPSEJIK will involve women, people with disabilities and youths in Income Generating Activities aimed at improving their living standards.
While women, people with disabilities and youths have always demonstrated to work towards improving their situations, they have not been able to raise the necessary capital to enable them expand their businesses to the extent that they can meet their most basic requirement. Access to credit therefore remains a fundamental requirement that needs to be addressed. Under this program the organization will carryout the following specific activities:
? Setting up revolving fund and strengthening table banking;
? Carrying out capacity building;
? Setting up businesses for the people with physical challenges;
2. HOUSING, WATER AND SANITATION PROGRAM
Most of the people that AAPSEJIK works with are live in the rural and slum dwelling areas. These people lack access to clean water, better housing and good sanitation. The country is also prone to tribal clashes leaving several rural dwellers homeless. Children from poor families especially orphans, the elderly and people with physical challenges do not access these basic needs.
The housing shelter program will be piloted by mobilizing community members to set up structures for this vulnerable group. This will be done in conjunction with the provincial administrators. The groups that AAAPSEJIK works with will be encouraged to offer support to members to assist one another in provision of shelter.
Funding will be acquired from both local and international donor agencies to carryout the following specific activities:
? Mobilization of local resources required for renovation or reconstruction of houses.
? Upgrading houses in urban slum dwelling.
? Mobilizing resources
? Construction of water boreholes
? Construction of pit latrines
? Digging water ponds
3. HIV/AIDS PROGRAM
HIV/AIDS pandemic is threat to the growth of the economy and contributes immensely to the divestating poverty. The current (13th August 2007) yields an estimated adult HIV prevalence of 5.1 percent a reduction of 1.6 percent in 2003.
The decline in prevalence since the late 1990s does not mean that the problem is over. The number of people infected declines when the number of AIDS deaths exceeds the number of new infections.
There is a magnitude of task to provide Prevention, Care and Treatment and offer support to all who need them. The results derived from the estimate indicate that:
• 1.5 million pregnant women need Counseling and Testing each year to determine their HIV status.
• 68,000 need treatment to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV.
• 23,000 children need ART and 200,000 more need contrimoxazole prophylaxis.
• 430,000 adults need ART.
• 2.4 Million Orphans need care and support from their extended families and communities.
In attempt to prevent this pandemic from sweeping human kind, AAPSEJIK has three priority areas, namely.
1. Prevention of new infections; to reduce the number of new HIV infections in both vulnerable groups and the general populations.
2. Improvement of quality of life of people infected and/or affected by HIV and AIDS: improve treatment and care, prevention of rights and access to effective services for infected and affected people.
3. Mitigation of socio- economic impact: to adopt existing programs and develop innovative responses to reduce the impact of the epidemic on communities, social services and economic productivity;
In this program AAPSEJIK has already established a youth friendly Counseling and Testing Centre in Bondo District. This was done partnership with Bondo Counseling, Testing and Treatment Group. Currently there is Comprehensive Counseling and Testing going on in the hard to reach areas i.e. beaches and villages.
4. HEALTH CARE PROGRAM
Health Care Program is mooted to tackle the health needs of women, people with disabilities, youths and children through integrated program.
The project activities include:
a) Home based care for HIV/AIDS affected and/or infected persons.
b) Guidance and counseling
c) Reproductive health care
d) Adolescent Reproductive Health Education and Counseling
e) Provision of medicinal drugs
f) Caring for the aged
g) Provision of mosquito nets
h) Offering mobile clinics in marginalized regions
i) Nutrition based training
j) Disease control and management
k) Research on disease control.
5. AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM
Agriculture is the key to survival of the estimated 85% of Kenyans who depend on it for their subsistence. The majority of women, people with disabilities, youths and children that AAPSEJIK works with are rural based and depend on agricultural production for food. Nevertheless, despite the overwhelming engagement in agricultural activities, most of them achieve poor produce barely enough to subsist on; the surplus are rare making food security and critical issue of concern. This is due to multiplicity of factors, which includes.
: Lack of access to modern farm inputs
: Poor storage methods
: Lack of proper information and adequate extension services
: Lack of access to affordable credit
: Inadequate information on marketing procedures.
The above factors influence critically production and availability of food. In recognition of the foregoing handicaps to successful agriculture, the program has its main focus on the provision of an enabling environment for engagement in productive agriculture and increased food availability through:
? Land improvement and innovative land use especially through the promotion of intensive agricultural methods
? Improve access to farm inputs and affordable credit
? Enhanced, adequate and appropriate information and extensional support
? Improved marketing of farm products.
To ensure the above, the program will make use of the existing agricultural initiatives by members with a view to making agriculture not just as a means of subsistence but also as a means of generating income. Strategies to be employed include enhancing the warmth seed bank, which are group based to enable to provide seeds to all who are in need of the same. This will be done in tandem with provision of credit facilities towards the purchase of relevant farm inputs and tools. Since all members are expected to be involved in savings, these are going to be used as collateral. The seed bank is going to be operated as a revolving fund with loanees expected to give out 20% of their total harvest towards the seed bank. Currently, the seed bank are managed by the groups themselves and it is expected that their capacity to do these will be enhanced through relevant training.
The project recognizes that most women, people with disabilities and youths cannot afford to use the modern technology to promote production. There has consequently been a concerted effort to promote the integration of organic and chemical fertilizer to maintain soil fertility. Inter- cropping is also being encouraged as a means of maximizing yields and controlling pests. Agro- forestry is also slowly incorporated to be an essential particularly to ensure a source of wood fuel, which is in great demand
6. EDUCATION PROGRAM
The organization recognizes that education is fundamental to the well being of a person. The program aims at bringing out an all round person and preventing strikes in secondary schools.
The organization undertakes the following: -
? Carrier counseling in secondary schools; this is currently being carried out in secondary schools in Nakuru town
? Advocating for equality in carrier opportunities
? Donating both text and exercise books to orphaned children.
? Counseling services to institutions of higher learning.
? Preventing of strikes and property destruction in secondary counseling by organizing awareness extravaganzas.
? Initiating youth against crime program
? Job placement for youths.
? Feeding programs in schools
? Fostering vocational training
? Sourcing and provision of bursary
? Provision of recreational activities
7. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION PROGRAM
Environmental conservation forms a fundamental initiative towards eradicating poverty. The destruction of natural components of the environmental leads to climatic change.
In order to enhance the conservation of the environmental the organization initiates the following activities.
? Collaboration with the forestry department planting trees in areas of operation and training farmers on the same.
? Advocate against the usage of polythene bags; this targets slum dwelling areas and villages where the plastic bags have been greatly used and not damped properly.
? In collaboration with community-based organizations, we will establish tree nurseries of drought resistant tree species.
? Creating awareness on water pollution amongst the people living within the water catchment areas i.e. lake regions and along riverbanks.
? Disinfecting the garbage-damping site to prevent outbreaks of diseases.
? Undertaking soil erosion control and management.
8. HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS PROGRAM
Human and civil rights program aims at empowering the women, people with disabilities, youths and children to take charge of their lives by developing a critical awareness of the law, instilling the ability to assert rights to sensitize them about property entitlement, legal rights and arbitrate on their behalf and mobilizing them to seek change in areas of the law that discriminate against them.
Under this program the organization undertakes the following;
? Protecting the rights of the unborn by campaigning against abortion
? Advocating for gender equality
? Training women paralegals
? Carrying out civic education
? Preventing child labor through advocacy and training
? Preventing early and forced marriages by training community stakeholders.
? Advocating against Female Genital Mutilation
? Advocating for equal opportunities for all.
? Enforcing Children Act.