From 2012 U-Tena has been working with Globemed at Brown University to implement the KUZA project.KUZA targets girls aged 13-17 in Mukuru slums.The aim of KUZA is to reduce early marriages and teenage pregnancy.Long term goals of economic knowledge and greater empowerment allows members to take control over their own livelihood and destiny.
U-Tena trains female mentors to support KUZA members in lifeskills, development, sexual and reproductive health and financial management.
Advancing Learning Outcomes for Transformatioal change.A three year project implemented in Viwandani by U-Tena Youth Organisation in Partnership with the African Population Health Research Center.The project is an upscale of 2013-2015 GEC project.Commencing April 2016 and running to 2018, the project targets 400 girls and boys who reside in viwandani.Participants are aged between 12-19 years in Grade 6 and are offered after school support(coaching), leadership and life skills mentorship by volunteer mentors.
GEC was a three year pilot project implemented in Viwandani by U-Tena Youth Organization in partnership with African Population and Health Research Center.The project targeted girls who reside in viwandani.Participants were aged between the ages of 12-19 years in grade 6 - grade 8.Girls were offered after school support, life skills and mentorship by volunteer mentors who managed to navigate the challenges of the viwandani slum and scored a university entry grade.Selected parents were offered parental support in order to boost their investment in girl child education.
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U-Tena partnered with the Kenya Community Development Foundation. since 2013 to implement a livelihood project dubbed 'Mtaani Initiative'. The Initiative targets youth in viwandani.The overall goal is to create and sustain sound entrepreneurship opportunities for atleast 400 youth in viwandani. The Mtaani initiative endeavoured to work towards achieving the project outcomes.
Shuga is an educative video produced to educate young people with themes of love, sex and money. It was an Aphia Plus Project funded by USAID. U-Tena was the local implementation partner. Sessions were carried out by two trained facilitators in video dens. The main aim is to reduce HIV infections and encourage trusted partner and HIV testing.
This project was implemented by U-Tena in partnership with Population Service Kenya through USAID FUND.It targeted parents of kids aged 9-12.The main aim was to improve effective communication of parents and their children.
Education through listening was funded by Aphia Plus Nairobi through USAID. U-Tena implemented it in Makadara district.This session comprised of 16-24 youth in a focus-group setting.U-Tena facilitated two hour discussions aimed at addressing sex and reproductive health issues of youth mainly through listening them.U-Tena's facilitators would then affirm facts and dispel myths as presented by the participants.In 2014, U-Tena reached 160 peers who were tasked to reach a further 10 peers with the same information translating into 1600 beneficiaries of this project.
U-Tena was tasked as a local implemeting partner in this project in 2014 by Population Service Kenya through USAID.This project targets girls and boys of 13-16 years.It is an 8 week module training focusing on raising adolescent awareness about the sexual risk they face today.Improving sexual safety by identifying risky settings and enhancing communication and negotiation skills.
Sexual transmission accounts for 93.7% of all new HIV infections (MOT, 2008). Overall, there are marked gender disparities which characterize the HIV epidemic with higher prevalence amongst women at 7.6% compared to men at 5.6% . Overall, 5.6% of adults and adolescents aged 15-64 years are infected with HIV, representing an estimated 1,192,000 people. Nationally, 63 % of men and 80 % of women know their HIV status. Among young people, approximately 50% of adolescents 15–19 and 81% of youth aged 20 – 24 years know their HIV status.
Imarisha maisha project Identify new testers among women, young girls and men, Couple counselling and testing to identify sero-discordant couples, Retesting of high risk individuals and Identification and linkage to care for PLHIV.