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Educate, Equip and Empower 3,000 Young People in Kibera Slum by the year 2020 through Reproductive Health Services and Information.

We work with over 3,500 young people and 10 schools in Kibera slum.

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Opportunity Areas – Select those that apply

  • Last Mile Sexual and Reproductive Health Commodities
  • Data

What specific problem(s) are you trying to address? (300 character limit)

"30% of young people between the ages of 12-22 from Urban slum in Kenya have experienced sex" APHRC. These challenges include limited access to sexual and reproductive health information and services which contribute to STIs, including HIV/AIDS, and unintended pregnancies and abortion.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address? (500 character limit)

Kibera, currently does not have enough health care facilities to help the young people in case of medical emergencies, with high number of abortions in Community women and girls lose their lives in the process. Our unanswered questions is what can we do to reduce the rate of abortion and increase the rate of access to information and resources on sexual and reproductive health among young people in schools, vocational centers and young mothers? .

Who are your end users? (1000 character limit)

Mary is 21 years old, the first time we met her she was sitting on a pavement along the busy streets in Kibera, the scorching sun and dust could not make it easy for her to breastfeed her baby comfortably. Before this Mary had walked about 20 miles from the nearest health care facility. She visited the hospital after failed abortion attempt, you could see traces of blood on her clothes and those her one year old son.The Direct beneficiaries of this program will youth (Boys and Girls) between the ages of 10-21 years. The youth will be trained on Sexual reproductive health and encouraged to train others, they will also be provided for with safe spaces where they can talk about their challenges without fear or discrimination and opportunity most of them do not get home. The program will also work closely with the government to ensure construction of 3 health care faculties in case of emergencies and partner with local doctors who can provide the treatment.

Explain your idea. (500 character limit)

Jijue (Know yourself) is a service that provide its beneficiaries with information, services and training on Sexual Reproductive health. The project will involve its beneficiaries through advocacy and training, offering of health care facilities and services and provision of safe spaces in Kibera slum. The young people were involved through a research that was done by our monitoring and evaluation team. The team interviewed over 1,000 young to find the needs they have on SRHS.

What is your value proposition? (500 character limit)

100% the users come from poor families. Most of the time they are forced to quit school in order to cater for their needs. In the process they get involved in sex for money, and end up aborting which could be expensive. The program will provide post and pre interventions to support the victims in getting accurate information on Sexual Reproductive Health. The service will have a holistic approach with a goal of "Leaving No one behind". Creating competent SRHS ambassadors in the community.

What's different about your idea compared to current solutions? (500 character limit)

The current solutions in the area only focus on post interventions with little or no focus on pre interventions. The service will put its 70% effort on pre interventions. In addition we currently have organized structures and institutions that are willing support us in mobilizations and data collections. With our long term relationship with h the Government through the Ministry of Health we are able to work closely with community health workers.

What are the key reasons why end users would turn to your organization over another?

  • Convenience / Accessibility: Making products accessible

What would success look like for your end users? (500 character limit)

Because of our Theme "Educate, Equip and Empower" Success to us will look like: 1. . 500 young people equipped with sexual and reproductive health information and are able to train others. 2. 5 Heath facilities constructed in Kibera slum by the year 2020 serving young people from Kibera. 3. 3,000 young people reached indirectly through the community interventions and involvement of top community leaders

How would you measure the impact your idea has on your end user(s) ? How will you measure the success of your program? (500 character limit)

The program currently has a monitoring and evaluation team. The team has developed an pre and post impact assessment form. This will be distributed to the end users to fill through questionnaires, focus group discussions , observations and case scenarios. Learners have increased knowledge, skills and understanding as a result of the intervention, Increased awareness in the community, involvement of other stakeholders, Educators exercise best practices during the lessons.

What strategies will/are you testing to acquire end users? (300 character limit)

We currently have various ways for users to find out about solutions 1. We have partnered with Local institutions like schools, vocational centers and local groups who are able to give us time and talk to their learners/members. 2.Active online presence with a lot of young subscribers .

Key partnerships - Who will you partner with to make your idea work? (500 character limit)

This intervention will require a number of Partners to make it successful. Local schools (Primary and Secondary), vocational and training centre and youth organizations, Community leaders and local administration, the government for policy directions (Ministry of Youth and Ministry of Health, , Data and research companies, consultants,

What is your organization’s name? (150 character limit)

Garden of Hope Foundation.

Tell us more about you: (750 character limit)

Garden of Hope Foundation is a Youth lead community organization that is passionate about restoring hope through providing mentorship, leadership, and youth empowerment. We aspire to become the premier youth leadership development organization in marginalized communities. Our mission is to build sustainable communities through developing leaders among the youth in marginalized environments. We have team of dedicated and passionate individuals who have vast experiences in implementing various program. The team competent team is comprised of public health specialists, Nurses, Counselors and the best community development youth Kenya. This team is made of local individuals who understand the challenges or the community.

Organizational Characteristics

  • Youth-led organization
  • Locally/community-led organization

Where will your idea be implemented? (200 character limit)

The Idea will be implemented in Kenya, Kibera slum, Nairobi.

What do you need to get started? (500 character limit)

In order to start, Garden of Hope Foundation currently need to get a big space which will operate as an office and a training centre, In addition we need finances to cater for the operation expenses and training costs. We need human resource to help in data collection and data entry, we will also need intellectual resource especially consultants to support our monitoring and evaluation team.

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • Community - one or a few communities within one country

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organization Location (200 character limit)

We are located in Kibera, Nairobi Kenya.

What is your organizational status?

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

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


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Photo of Eunice Kajala

Hi Victor, it looks like there several issues in Kibera, you would like to address. There is an issue of abortion rate and lack of health care facilities,there are unanswered questions on water and sanitation and data collection.Give us a direction which one comes first with reference to the challenge itself.Secondly, you can work out on data collection, analysis and evidence for decision making.

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Eunice Kajala . Thank you for your contribution. I find that it is difficult to tackle Sexual Reproductive Health without addressing the issues above. They are inter-linked, I however, take your note on which one comes first. Will definitely do that. Thank you

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Eunice Kajala . Do you have any data/recent research you have available?

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Apparently, I don't have. Just google the sexual and reproductive health topic you want, under Guttmacher Institute- you may get several documents and previous studies.

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Thanks Eunice Kajala 

Photo of Francis Mutua

Reading through your idea, it reminded me a bit of HIV free generation in the recent years, check it out and maybe you could add to your inspiration

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Francis Mutua , thank you for you contribution. I am definitely checking it. Was privileged to be part of the initiative at the its initial inception.

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Great, so you have the insight into how to make this work out better. All the best with your idea.

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@Francis. Thank you I am any data/recent research you have available?

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Hi Victor, thanks for the post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

Here's some tips on adding visual goodness to your idea: plus more on evolving your thought-starter:

Also Francis Mutua great resource thanks for sharing!

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Ashley Tillman . I have tried to upload photos, but they are not uploading. I will trying. Thank you for your contribution.