DREAMS Vusha Girls Empowerment Program
Working together for a HIV-Free Future for Girls & Women
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.
- Community Mobilization & Awareness
- HIV Screening & Enrollment to VTI
- Training & Job Placement
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.
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
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.
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
Placed in Jobs or Apprenticeship
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...