HIV/AIDS: Capacity building program. RUWEPO reaches out to people living with HIV/AIDS by providing spiritual care, emotional care and social care. We do provide them with free condoms and lubricants. They receive love, group therapy, counselling and psychosocial support The HIV/AIDS work provides holistic medical and social support for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
We organize seminars and advocacy programs on HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support of infected and affected households. Care provisions at all levels are limited due to stigma, resource constraints, and ever increasing demands. We also sensitize the community to stop stigmatization and marginalization of people living with HIV/AIDS. Through this program we reach out to the MARPS. RUWEPO meets some of the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS by ushering local and international volunteers into the homes of those infected in the slums.
Children of Africa Hope Mission: Children of Africa Hope Mission School was born as a response to the suffering orphans and vulnerable children in the slums of Ng’ando and other neighboring slums. The goal was to provide education, nutrition and psychosocial support to the kids. It caters for about 188 orphans and vulnerable children. The school offers two meals a day and formal education, 8-4-4 curriculum. If we don’t come to their aid, they will never realize their dreams in life and contribute towards the national development. If these children are not helped at this tender age, the country will not achieve its vision 2030 holistically for majority of its members will be lurking in ignorance, crime and poverty.
Malaria: Targeting the children and Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme organizes community-based Malaria outreach on Malaria prevention, treatment and promotion of the use of Treated bed nets by orphans and vulnerable children, grandmothers and pregnant mothers in the slums and rural areas of Kenya. The overall project goal is communication for the vulnerable rural and slum population on Malaria prevention, effective treatment and management to reduce Malaria-related mortality.
This fund assists the Women’s Empowerment program to purchase and distribute “Mosquito Screens” – mesh to cover bedding, and sleeping persons….preventing Mosquitoes biting and passing on Malaria to people in the slums of Nairobi and rural areas of Kenya.
Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights: This initiative is meant to improve and save the lives of pregnant women, mothers and children in our community. RUWEPO works to achieve this through training and counseling on responsible sexual lives with their partners and family planning methods. Education on these topics also contributes to the reduction of maternal mortality, unsafe abortions, HIV and AIDS transmission and contributes to the improvement of health status of both the infected and affected families.
Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV): This is a deep violation of human rights and dignity. The acts of violence in our community can lead to serious consequences to physical and psychological health and social well-being. We are committed to ending all forms of SGBV in our community by working to prevent it before it happens through advocacy and capacity building. We also respond to all the needs of survivors through counseling and referrals for treatment and prosecution. Click here to read about the 2018 16 days of Activism Against SGBV.
WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene): The lack of adequate WASH services negatively impacts the well-being and productivity of Kenya’s growing population; WASH-related diseases and associated conditions (e.g., anemia, diarrhea, dysentery, dehydration, and malnutrition are the top causes of under-five hospitalization and mortality, and over 50% of hospital visits in Kenya stem from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related illnesses. This WASH project is aimed to promote the public health and the prevention, limitation or suppression of infectious, communicable, and preventable diseases within Kenya.
Human Sexuality and Gender Identity: Ruwepo readily and proudly welcomes the sexual minorities and educates other members of society to know that there is nothing wrong with having a’ left handed’ child in your family. They are normal like any other children. The issue of sexual minority being sensitive, RUWEPO has included it in its programs, its leaders have gone for training in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa to equip themselves on how to handle the minorities and readily welcome them in our homes, gatherings and programs.
Empowering women to have access to alternative sources of cleaner energy:Research has shown that women and children in the informal settlements and rural areas are particularly to toxic effects of household air pollution from wood fuel and charcoal. This results in respiratory diseases and mortality due to pneumonia, lung cancer and impaired vision.
RUWEPO works to ensure these women have access to alternative sources of fuel for domestic use such as ethanol for cooking. This will eventually promote economic development and poverty eradication. This initiative will attempt to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Number 7 ( Affordable and clean energy), Number 10 ( Reduced inequalities) and Number 11 ( Sustainable cities and communities). It will further be in tandem with the Kenya Government BIG 4 Agenda ( Housing, Food security, Health and Manufacturing)