I met with Plan International on January 17th. Plan International is an independent children’s rights organization committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalized children and their communities. The organization directly works with the community, schools, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and County Government.
PLAN International works in 18 counties across Kenya: Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Tharaka Nithi, Siaya, Bungoma, Busia, Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale, Vihiga, Kakamega, Kisii, Migori, Homabay, Kisumu and Marsabit.
PLAN’S key areas of focus are;
- Child protection
- Improving access to basic, quality education and early childhood development
- Quality healthcare including water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as adolescent and child health
- Youth employment and economic opportunities
- Resilience-building through disaster risk management
To achieve part of this core activities, PLAN implements an Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (ASRHR) Project in Kisumu County, in the 2 sub-counties Kisumu West and Seme. The project targets children, parents and the community at large to enhance the wellbeing of the youth.
The project implements:
- Training adolescent girls and boys on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and life skills
- Training, deploying and supporting youth mentors on SRHR
- Conducting community awareness drives and dialogue sessions for youth on SRHR
- Celebrating international days on SRHR
- Conducting mentorship sessions for girls using the safe space model (constructed in Kombewa)
- Promoting school health clubs and provision of dignity packs
- Supporting and strengthening youth-friendly services centers
- Building capacity of health workers on SRHR service provision
By implementing these activities, the project will increase access to ASRHR information and services for young people, especially adolescent girls. It will reduce early and un-intended pregnancies among young people and enhance the capacity of the MoH service providers to provide adolescent and youth friendly SRHR services.