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Bridging the Gap in Access to Information, Reproductive Health services and commodities among Deaf Youth

It’s founded on strong principles of partnership for long-term investment in the vulnerable deaf women populations in Kenya.

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What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?

We are promoting access to medical and law enforcement for young deaf girls who are survivors of SGBV. The health service providers, the police and the judiciary have to be responsive to the needs of the deaf. We are also mobilizing and sensitizing the deaf to seek the various services. Lack of data segregated by form of disability has further compounded the exclusion of PWDs in the planning and subsequent budgeting. We are training service providers and the custodians of the law on disability etiquette, mainstreaming, inclusion and basic sign language which is bearing fruit

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?

Adequate resource allocation by both development partners and the state to promote inclusion of PWDs. Resource mobilization for awareness creation among members of the deaf community as well as building the capacity of service providers

Explain Your Idea

Our idea is to create demand for uptake of SHR services among the deaf and also preparing the supply inform of filed incidents both at the health facilities and police stations. This has worked since we piloted with all stakeholders and appreciation of each others role in creating an enabling environment for the deaf and PWDs in general.

Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).

The campaign is fully led by members of the deaf community. This proposed project is to be implemented from an advocacy platform based on the fact that FEDWEN-K will need to create a project implementation phase that ensures PWDs have greater and meaningful participation in SRHR issues. In this regard, FEDWEN-K will design a Memo of Questions and Answers for county government officials to inform the respective officers about the inclusion of PWDs. In the small reference book there will be additional information provided on services offered and accessed by the deaf to help in the advocacy for effective access to employment opportunities.

How is your idea unique?

There is no agency that is targeting the deaf in the emergency context on issues of SRHR and other services

What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?

Reaching out to the larger PWDs population and meeting their needs in the emergency context. Securing the funds to implement the intervention and the sustainability beyond the project period. Tolerance and availability of security incase of armed conflict during cattle rustling.

Who are your end users?

The end users for us are members of the deaf community and other PWDs at large. They will be able to access services despite the difficult times faced. An informed community of the deaf and improved competence of service providers on issues of disability mainstreaming and inclusion. They live in the arid and semi arid areas. The age of the beneficiaries are varied as sometimes learners with disability delay to start formal education. The target population is 10,000 PWDs and a further 30,000 secondary beneficiaries comprising of parent, care givers, community health workers, health workers, law enforcers and the general public in the target area.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Kenya

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Armed conflict
  • Extreme drought

Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in

Parts of Turkana and Pokot counties are known to have perennial droughts, armed conflicts among other challenges and this makes it difficult for PWDs to function in search conflict zones. This stresses the fact that there is need to have mitigation measures to alleviate the suffering incurred by PWDs.

What is your organization's name?

Federation of Deaf Women Empowerment Network-Kenya (FEDWEN-K)

Tell us more about you.

Federation of Deaf Women Empowerment Network – Kenya(FEDWEN-KENYA) is a national umbrella network of Deaf women and youth/girls. The organization was founded in the year 2006 and officially registered in 2008as Non Profit making Welfare organization in 2008 under the society’s Act Cap 18 of laws of Kenya. Its National office is based in Nyeri at Young Men’s Christian Association suite six with branches in 47 counties of the Republic of Kenya. It’s founded on strong principles of partnership for long-term investment in the vulnerable deaf women populations in Kenya

Organizational Characteristics

  • Women-led organization
  • Disabled Persons Organization (DPO)

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • Community - 1+ communities within 1 country

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • No, not yet.

Expertise in Sector

  • Yes, for more than a year.

Organization Location

Kenya, Nyeri County, Nyeri, Pokot and Turkana town. The organization is duly registered

What is your organizational status?

  • Registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Existing Prototype or Pilot: Tested a part of my solution with users and am iterating.


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