Project has been working in partnership for the last year with six communities in Narok County; with a purpose of building their capacity to respond to their vulnerabilities which has resulted to the following:
i. Acknowledgement & recognition: The communities have accepted HIV exist and are acting to respond to its issues. Communities are making and Owning decisions for change in relationship to HIV&AIDs and other concerns.
ii. Community capacity to identifying/Address Vulnerability enhanced: Communities have started owning their concerns around HIV&AIDs, poverty and working together towards a better future. For example, community members sit and talk with each other, neighbour’s talk and most parents are now talking openly to their children about sexual behaviour that puts them at risk of HIV. Communities are also naming things that puts them at risk to HIV; like cultural practise, poor communication at home between husband & wife on sexual matters and Unfaithfulness. Through community discussion/counselling, decision for change have been made and are been implemented in 5 communities. Suswa, Rotian, Empopongi, Transmara & Inchura
iii. Stigma and discrimination (Care & prevention): HIV is seen as a community problem and the community have taken ownership –they are visiting each other, offering material and spiritual support to other members of the community; this has led to reduced stigma and more people are going for HIV test. For example in Rotian community 5 churches have collaborated and are supporting 202 orphans.
iv. Gender: Women are also part of decision making at home and they are sharing their issues confidently during community discussion. They are also doing small income generating activities instead of depending on men. These evident by stories of change shared.
v. Local partnership: The community facilitation teams are exploring partnership with like minded organization in their area. Some communities are exploring to access funding from Constituency Aids Control Council. Communities like Oldem, Rotian, and Inchura have already worked with the MOH on VCT services.