To sensitize the youths, women and men and people living with HIV/AIDS on the importance of positive behavior change as a key step in elimination of HIV/AIDS
The centre for HIV/AIDS education empowers the youths who are both employed and unemployed to have strong foundation for family life and knowledge on HIV/AIDS. Majority of the youth who are not empowered on the need for creative and productive living always engage in drugs and substance abuse. We are aware that a higher percentage of youths in Kenya are unemployed and do not have stable sources of income. We focus on the need for alternative sources of income; a source that will not endanger the lives of these youths while maintaining the national objective of controlling HIV/AIDS.
To sensitize the community as a whole on the importance of VCT in the fight against HIV/AIDS
The fight against HIV/AIDS starts from knowledge of one’s HIV status. The knowledge of these statuses cannot be known unless an individual makes a step to visit a VCT centre or government health facility to get tested. This is in most cases free. However, in some areas of the country, VCT has not been embraced fully. Low turnout in VCT centers are reported with majority being re-testers. At CHAE we go out to look for new testers amongst our participants. We encourage the communities to know their HIV status for better living. We sensitize the communities on the benefits and advantages of knowing ones HIV status.
To offer alternative sources of financing in order to realize HIV competent society
CHAE team is keen on developing alternative sources of financing other than donor funds. As CHAE, we appreciate and recognize the effects of donor funds towards the projects of community development, HIV/AIDS eradication and even micro-enterprise development. We encourage the youths, women and men to foster the moves that will lead to growth from within. HIV competency frame work guide by the NACC states that competency should be mainstreamed in the community from the personal level. The community members should own the programs and HIV activities without depending on government and external funding. It is mainstreaming of HIV in every daily routine of the activities.
- School leavers, drop outs and house helps
- Women groups, youth groups and the
- Boda Boda operators
- Sex workers
- Community leaders
- People with disabilities