Brief History:

Siaya Branch is one of the seven branches of Kenya YWCA established in the year 1996; it works in the entire Siaya County. Currently the YWCA Siaya serves over 1,800 members in 6 sub counties namely: Rarieda, Ugenya, Ugunja, Bondo, Alego Usonga and Gem.

Siaya Branch supports the YWCA mission in rural as well as urban areas through the following strategies:

  • Promoting fellowship amongst members
  • Supporting programmes that promote sustainability and fulfillment of basic needs.
  • Awareness creation on advocacy issues.
  • Provision of services through hostels, community/ youth and vocational training centre’s.

Main Activities:

HIV and AIDS

Prevention

  • Training of youth peer educators on HIV and AIDS, adolescents, Reproductive health, drug& substance abuse and communication.
  • Participatory IEC material production – with the youth

                    -Training tools, booklets, magazines, T-shirts, capes, posters and banners.

  • Youth sensitization/awareness campaigns.

    Management, Care and Support

  • Support to orphans and vulnerable children through provision of school levies/supplies, payment of school fees to high school orphans and vulnerable children, sponsorships for vocational skills training for in and out of school youth.
  • Counseling, home support and follow ups of the OVC’s for motivation and school performance.
  • Training of caregivers, community health workers and community leaders on nursing care, counseling, nutrition, hygiene, client referral &equipping them for the service.
  • Home visitation programmes- nutritional, material, counseling, legal, advice and social support.
  • Training PLWAS in self care, prevention with positives, ART adherence and coping mechanism

Social Empowerment Programmes

Leadership Development

  • Site trainings to women and Girls on leadership skills, group management, team building and conflict management.
  • Residential trainings for Board and staff in governance, supervision and management.
  • Staff capacity building; Short courses, professional courses and in house trainings.
  • Exchange programmes
  • Internship programmes for the youth
  • Opportunities and space for leadership practice- Board, standing committees and representations in various partner organizations and forums.

Reproductive Health Projects

  • Training of youth peer educators
  • Participatory IEC material production
  • Youth sensitization Campaigns
  • Youth referrals to service areas like VCT etc
  • Peer counselling

Economic Empowerment Programme
     
Skills training

  • Business and credit management training
  • Vocational training
  • Micro credit provision
  • Promoting Income generating activities for individuals and groups

Justice, Peace and Human Rights

Civic Education
To promote participation of all groups and individuals in the political processes including Nation building, Democratization, constitutionalism and promoting human rights.

Gender and Governance
Addresses the following objectives

  • To enhance gender equality, equity and women’s empowerment in political party and all other political processes
  • To mobilize support for women at all levels of governance
  • To promote participation of youth at all levels of governance and democratic processes
  • Promotion of equal participation on decision making and governance issues by all especially involvement o the youth and the disability.

     
Peace building and Conflict Management

  • Training peace committees and women leaders in peace building and conflict management through sporting activities i.e. Netball, volleyball, theatre etc
  • Advocacy on Human’s rights especially the girl child, women and people with disability. 
Pictorial:

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Young woman at her business premises                Y-teen club members performing during a church event. 

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Peer Education in Mulaha sec school Siaya               Women leadership platform at the branch