Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 4312
Country/Region: Kenya
Year: 2007
Main Partner: World Relief
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: FBO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $300,585

Funding for Sexual Prevention: Abstinence/Be Faithful (HVAB): $300,585

1. LIST OF RELATED ACTIVITIES This activity relates to activities in Counseling and Testing at local VCT centers not funded with USG dollars.

2. ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION "Mobilizing Youth for Life" (MYFL) will focus on improving the quality of AB interventions while expanding the program reach. Through partnership with seven local FBOs, AB peer education activities will be carried out. A total of 155,456 individuals will be reached through community outreach that promotes HIV/AIDS prevention through abstinence and being faithful activities. Working through extensive networks, including 140 churches, 356 schools, 6 universities, and 100 local out-of-school youth community groups, World Relief (WR) will mobilize and equip more than 2,048 volunteers and peer mentors, 140 pastors and 712 teachers to guide youth and train 19,200 parents. WR will also help establish 602 youth clubs that will provide continued social support for youth. Peer education activities will be carried out in 356 schools through trained peer educators. MYFL outreach through churches will be scaled up, as will the work with out-of-school youth. Special focus will continue to be given to the "influencers of youth," including parents, church leaders and other community leaders and members. Advocacy and sensitization meetings will be held to help these influential adults understand their role in supporting youth in their commitment to AB, and also in creating an enabling environment. Trained teachers, peer educators and abstinence clubs will continue to carry out AB activities. In addition, MYFL volunteers will make monthly follow-up visits to each school and church program. M&E systems are in place with partners submitting monthly planning and reporting documents to WR staff and with WR staff conducting monthly field visits to partner's sites. Meetings are held with individual partners on a monthly basis and communication lines between WR and the partners remain open.

3. CONTRIBUTIONS TO OVERALL PROGRAM AREA WR's AB activities will contribute to reducing the number of new infections among the youth and subsequently the general population. The project seeks to reduce the number of boys and girls who have sex before age 15 by promoting abstinence only for youth up to age 15 and AB thereafter. MYFL will increase the proportion of men and women 15-24 years who can correctly identify ways of preventing sexually transmitted HIV/AIDS infection from 86% (men) and 77% (women) to 95% for both.

4. LINKS TO OTHER ACTIVITIES While MYFL is an AB program, a considerable number of youth in the target population are reported to be sexually active. Youth who have had sexual experiences will be referred to VCT and STI diagnosis and treatment centers. They will be encouraged to practice secondary abstinence. Referrals and linkages between AB outreach and government counseling and testing outlets will be strengthened.

5. POPULATIONS BEING TARGETED MYFL targets youth between ages 10-24. We will expand our reach especially to children ages 10-14 by preparing them to choose abstinence before marriage as the best way to prevent HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases by delaying sexual debut. The project also targets influential adults (i.e. parents, teachers, church leaders) to help them understand their role in encouraging youth to make wise choices about their sexual behavior.

6. KEY LEGISLATIVE ISSUES ADDRESSED WR's structured peer education curriculum for ages 10-14 and 15-24 addresses gender-based violence and sexual coercion. It empowers the youth to resist sexual coercion and equips them with life skills to make wise choices.

7. EMPHASIS AREAS MYFL's major emphasis is on promoting abstinence and being faithful for youth ages 10-24 through peer education. The structured peer educator's curriculum has been very well received by staff as a tool to help them maintain the quality of training interventions and integrity of the AB messages. In addition, the project is developing the capacity of seven local FBOs serving youth to implement quality AB HIV/AIDS prevention programs. MYFL will also enhance an enabling environment through mass events for promotion of abstinence until marriage and fidelity to one faithful uninfected partner.

Subpartners Total: $0
Scripture Union: NA
Faraja Trust: NA
Anglican Church (Various Dioceses): NA