Positive Life Kenya has implemented 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 accomplished this through the partnership with Help Missions Developments Services – an organization based in Nakuru to reach youths in Baringo with SRHR services, Periamma - a Danish organization, and the Ministry of Education in Kenya 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’ programs, community forums, and outreach programs.
There are no other organizations in the proximity that are working with Life Skills or 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 our capacities to reach and teach youths at 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 recognize 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 to put in place affirmative action measures to ensure reasonable access to health for minority and marginalized persons.
Positive Life Kenya responds to the Health Act 10 which speaks of the development of a comprehensive program 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, the right to health for children in accordance with articles 43 (1) (c) and 53 (1) c of the Constitution.
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 center owned by the organization for recovery, counseling, and education. Many families resort to commercial sex trade as their only source of income, even forcing their school-aged children to get involved in prostitution.
Commercial sex workers face Gender Based Violence (GBV) from their male clients and authorities. Many of them are raped, beaten, and killed. Since legal justice is hard for these women to obtain, the SRHR project strives to educate them on legal justice, behavioral changes, and alternative sources of income through their empowerment program.
Mlolongo has a large community of LGBTQ+ people, which is related to components of the commercial sex trade. Many members of this community have their human rights violated. They are highly stigmatized, forcing them to get into hard drugs, often leading to depression and other mental health problems. Positive Life Kenya works closely with LGBTQ+ clients to ensure that their reproductive health rights are protected, including efforts such as the distribution of condoms. Members of this community often struggle to maintain healthy social lives due to discrimination; therefore Positive Life Kenya offers counseling, group therapy, and information about harm reduction.