DREAMS Vusha Girls Empowerment Program

Working together for a HIV-Free Future for Girls & Women

ABOUT DREAMS 

DREAMS is an ambitious partnership, funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and managed by John Snow Inc as the fund manager. The focus of DREAMS is to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women by 40% by 2018. In working to attain its objective, DREAMS invested on an innovation challenge that aims to infuse new thinking and creative ways to meet the urgent, complex needs of girls and women, while giving them the opportunity to develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored and Safe women.

VUSHA GIRLS EMPLOYABILILTY PROGRAM 

It is a DREAMS Innovation Challenge solution that is committed to providing a bridge to employment to 1000 disadvantaged but high potential young women from the informal settlements of Nairobi and Kisumu Counties so as to decrease their risk for transactional sex work and HIV infection.

Program Components
 

  • Community Mobilization & Awareness
  • HIV Screening & Enrollment to VTI
  • Training & Job Placement

RATIONAL

Increased HIV infection among young women in Nairobi and Kisumu attributed to poverty, lack of economic livelihoods, deprivation of material resources and high unemployment rates.

Employment (whether formal or informal) is the surest way for the young women to achieve their financial independence and shun away from using sex as currency or tolerate sexual infidelity all together and gain pathways out of poverty.

INNOVATION

Create a bridge to employment. A demand-driven employability skills building program that builds the knowledge, skills and attitude that the young women need to obtain and participate in productive work. 

Increased access to employment opportunities, formal or informal leading to financial independence and shunning away of using sex as a currency or tolerating sexual infidelity

PROGRAM WORK

To improve employment prospects and income generating capacities of 1,000 young women from low-income house-holds in Kisumu and Nairobi counties of Kenya and decrease their risk for transactional sex work and HIV infection. 

Beneficiaries have been trained in ICT, Online work, Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy skills and one Vocational Trade. 

Program Impact

Since February 2017, the Vusha Girls has recruited and trained 986 beneficiaries both in Kisumu and Nairobi counties.

Beneficiaries have been equipped with employability skills to secure sustainable income generating activities as well as live a healthy life. 

Recruited & Enrolled

Graduated

Placed in Jobs or Apprenticeship

Empowering young women to be economically independent & HIV-free

Meet Grace, Ann, and Praxidies, three young women in Kenya who were provided with vocational training and life skills through the African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology.

Video: Emerging Lessons from the DREAMS Innovation Challenge

On December 11th, the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, World Vision, Inc., and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. hosted an event titled Emerging Lessons from the DREAMS Innovation Challenge. A panel of experts presented on emerging lessons, best practices, and preliminary findings from the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, which empowered 46 grantees in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to implement innovative solutions to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women.

DREAMS Celebrating 16 champions for Change against Gender Based Violence

On 4thDecember 2019 DREAMS Challenge organized an exhibition and award ceremony for 16 individuals from various counties in Kenya who are doing excellent work in their communities to eradicate Gender Based Violence (GBV). The ceremony which took place at University of...

Passion Meets Opportunity – How a Great Mechanic was Born

A success story from Mercy who against all odds is now gainfully employed as a mechanic in Kisumu. Out of 900 applicants, she was among the 15 selected to join the prestigious Toyota Nairobi Academy after completing DREAMS Vusha Girls.

The U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator visits ACWICT in Kisumu

We hosted the delegation at one of our 6 Vocational Training Centres. 69 girls were in training at the time undertaking courses in Hair Dressing & Beauty Therapy, Electrical & Electronic, Food & Beverage, Motor Vehicle, Fashion & Design, Building & Technology as well as Information Communication Technology.

St. Johns Community Centre Visit from DREAMS

In anticipation of the visit by the Secretary of State Mr. Rex Tillerson, ACWICT was nominated among other partners under the DREAMS partnership initiative to be part of the DREAMS implementing partners would demonstrate the success of the program. ACWICT implements...

VUSHA Girls Conducts Voluntary HIV Testing & Counselling

Employment is the surest way for young women to achieve their financial independence and shun away from using sex as currency or tolerating sexual infidelity all together and gaining pathways out of poverty. The Vusha Girls Employability Program is a workforce...

Watch out for our first Vusha Girls Graduation

Vusha Girls will be conducting its first graduation ceremony for both Nairobi and Kisumu Counties in the month of September. 592 girls are expected to graduate. Vusha Girls is a workforce development program that seeks to improve the employability prospects and income...

The beautiful mechanic

“The program was providing short courses going for 3 months which was very appealing, and that encouraged me to apply for it,” says Mary.

Photo Gallery: Vusha Girls Programme in action

Our training cycles last for only 3 months, equipping target beneficiaries with the 21st century skills highly relevant for them to succeed in both business and world of work which keeping them safe from HIV infections. See Vusha Girls Programme in action…

Young women coding for an HIV/AIDS free society

In commemorating World AIDS Day 2016, ACWICT trained 39 exceptional young women from the informal settlements of Nairobi & Kisumu on Life skills for Reproductive Health, HIV transmission and associated risk factors and Coding skills.

09 October 2018

6 DREAMS Girls tell their stories of how the program has helped transform their lives through education, jobs, and HIV prevention. 

6 JUNE 2018

ACWICT’s DREAMS Vusha Girls Employability Program, bringing dreams to life through education and employment

10 MAY 2017

Boniface Odhiambo, Program Manager talks about on ACWICT’s DREAMS Vusha Girls Employability Program

Video: Emerging Lessons from the DREAMS Innovation Challenge

On December 11th, the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, World Vision, Inc., and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. hosted an event titled Emerging Lessons from the DREAMS Innovation Challenge. A panel of experts presented on emerging lessons, best practices, and preliminary findings from the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, which empowered 46 grantees in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to implement innovative solutions to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women.

Passion Meets Opportunity – How a Great Mechanic was Born

A success story from Mercy who against all odds is now gainfully employed as a mechanic in Kisumu. Out of 900 applicants, she was among the 15 selected to join the prestigious Toyota Nairobi Academy after completing DREAMS Vusha Girls.

The U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator visits ACWICT in Kisumu

We hosted the delegation at one of our 6 Vocational Training Centres. 69 girls were in training at the time undertaking courses in Hair Dressing & Beauty Therapy, Electrical & Electronic, Food & Beverage, Motor Vehicle, Fashion & Design, Building & Technology as well as Information Communication Technology.

St. Johns Community Centre Visit from DREAMS

In anticipation of the visit by the Secretary of State Mr. Rex Tillerson, ACWICT was nominated among other partners under the DREAMS partnership initiative to be part of the DREAMS implementing partners would demonstrate the success of the program. ACWICT implements...