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Positive Life Kenya is implementing a school-based/ youth-focused “breaking the silence project" a Sexual Reproductive health Rights (SRHR) project in Machakos and Baringo Counties with technical support from 100% of the children, an organization based in Denmark. We are accomplishing through the partnership of Help Missions Developments Services – an organization based in Nakuru to reach youths in Baringo with SRHR services. Periama, a Danish organization ,and the Ministry of Education in Kenya supports through monitoring.
Comprehensive Life skills SRHR activities are implemented through partnership/ collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Education to train the teachers, forming SRHR Clubs, capacity building of youth mentors, radio and digital ambassadors’ program, community forums, and outreach programs.
There are no other organizations in the proximity that are working with Life Skills nor SRHR. At Positive Life Kenya, based on the well-integrated communication and empowerment approach of local communities and stakeholders, we have been able to further extend capacities to reach and teach youths at the Vocational training institutes, colleges and universities.
Kenya is a signatory to several international and regional human rights treaties and declarations that underline the importance of guaranteeing adolescent health in the development agenda. Nationally, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues are addressed through a range of legislative and policy frameworks, guided by the Constitution of Kenya. Further, Articles 43 (1) (c) and 53 (1) c of the Constitution recognises the need to protect, respect, promote and fulfil the rights of vulnerable groups as defined in Article 21 of the Constitution in all matters regarding health. Article 56 8 of the Constitution requires the state puts in place affirmative action measures to ensure reasonable access to health for minority and marginalized persons.
Positive Life Kenya responds to The Health Act10 then speaks to the development of a comprehensive programme to advance reproductive health including of adolescents and youth. The Children Act also guarantees every child the right to health, which when read together with the Health Act, further guarantees them the right to sexual and reproductive health. Section 3 of the Health Act lays out the object of the Act to include progressively promote, protect and fulfil, the highest level of health including reproductive health, right to health for children in accordance with articles 43 (1) (c) and 53 (1) c of the Constitution.
GENDER BASED VIOLENCE RECOVERLY ACTIVITIES
Every year hundreds of girls living in the forgotten slums of Mlolongo are rescued from rape, homelessness, and other injustices and are taken to Kiotani School - a rescue centre owned by the organization for recovery, counseling and education. Many families are used for commercial sex trade as the only source of income, school going children are forced by their parents to get involved in prostitutions to supplement their sources of income.
Commercial sex workers face GBV from their male clients and authorities, many of them are raped, beaten and killed. Legal justice for them is hard to come by hence the project trains them on legal justice, behaviour change and alternative sources of income through the empowerment program.
Mlolongo is a hot spot for home sexually and lesbianism, a component of commercial sex trade. Many of the client’s rights are violated. They are highly stigmatized forcing them to get into hard drugs, and depression. Positive Life Kenya works closely with LGBT clients to ensure that their reproductive health rights are met (including distribution of condoms). Many of them are not able to have healthy social lives, therefore Positive Life Kenya gives them space for counselling, group therapies, and are the beneficiaries of the harm reduction activities.