The P/E monthly report submission

The monthly P/E meeting is always held at Busia survivor’s office through the collaboration of survivor and APHIAplus western . The peer educators bring their reports and share the challenges they faced in the field during the month.

The 28 th of October meeting started by a word of prayer from one of the P/E, the minutes were not read because the P/E didn’t have their September monthly meeting because they were having a training ,they went straight to the agendas of the day , we had visitors from NASCOP and OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE OF EAST AFRICA, thus we did not have the normal procedure

The visitor from NASCOP introduced herself and  wanted to know if the P/E report she had left are helping them, some said yes , some said the writing was small and they were promised that it will be enlarged , generally she thanked the ladies for the good work.

OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE OF EAST AFRICA

The visitors introduced themselves and said that they are here to build and help on what we have to make our work easy  . the challenges were put on hold till Thur because of time , the meeting ended with a word of prayer from one P/E.

Sex workers children forum

It was a very happy day for the sex workers children who gathered at survivor’s office to discuss ways to be good role models in the society.

The inaugural forum was meant to bring together children of sex workers to educate them on how to address the challenges they undergo and also to become good role models, it organized by the Survivor’s organization in collaboration with APHIAplus the facilitators were Bramwell Siku from APHIAplus and Joseph Arango L.V.C.T. It was a new beginning where they learnt new skills on how to become role models in the future community. There were two sessions, morning and afternoon session.

The day began by a self introduction from the children then the facilitators introduced themselves, the facilitators took through life skills and also the challenges that the children of sex workers go through below are some of the challenges the children go though

i)                   Abuse from the community

ii)                 Abuse from fellow children

iii)               Isolation by neighbors

iv)               Church leaders

v)                 Lack of school fees

vi)               Low self esteem

 

After they shared their challenges, they were told to write what they could like to be in future, majority were for being teachers, some wanted to be doctors, judges, nurses ,pastors, lawyers, police, president, mps, pilots, governors,senetors, ward representatives and also prominent business people.

This was conducted during the first session where by they went for lunch which was organized at the office.

After lunch the young ones were dismissed paving way for counseling session for the older ones who were at the age of puberty. This session helped the organization to know some of the challenges that the adolescent face due to their mothers being sex workers. After the session, they dispersed with a promise from the counselors to do a follow up session with the children.

 

survivors conduct htc outreach in busia town

 

On 27/9/ 2014, survivors’ organization conducted HTC services in Busia town at Holiday Inn, in partnership with APHIA PLUS WESTERN KENYA. The aim of the HTC service was to test both the MSMs and FSWs so that they may know their status.

The activity started at 6pm where by the 8 mobilizes went round giving information on the importance of knowing one’s status. We managed to provide services to 113 (female 34 then male 79). We also managed to distribute 353 condoms. Surprisingly the majority of those who came for the test were MSMs; this means that the MSMs are out to know their status which is very good.
Mobilization team did their best to ensure the right and positive information was well facilitated.

Achievements
.We managed to reach a quite number of people
. Right and clear positive information on correct and consistent condom use was well spread.
Challenges

Having 10 counselors’ our target was 150 clients in which we were unable to reach .

It started raining early thus lead to low turn up of clients.

 

POLICE SENSITIZATION WORKSHOP

The survivors organization have been holding sensitization meeting with the police and sex workers on a quarterly basis to air out the challenges that sex workers face while at work from the police officers .
Before this sensitization meetings , the sex workers could run whenever they saw the police officers even if they were not on the wrong , this always provoked the police officers to chase and arrest them.

The police officers have been arresting sex workers, take them to the police station ,then at night the police officers come and take the sex workers to their rooms, abuse them sexually without paying , then in the morning they return them to the cells. Sometimes when sex workers were arrested , the police officers used to ask for bribes, but due to the sensitization meeting the sex workers now know that they are not supposed to bribe the police ,but they would rather agree to go to court to get justice .

This meetings have helped the sex workers address their challenges with the police and it has resulted in the police working hand in hand with the sex workers .

This meetings with the police have helped the sex workers to know that they have rights and that this rights was being violated by the police officers , the police also came to know that they are not supposed to be arresting sex workers without a proper reason, the police also learnt that the sex workers can help them to arrest criminals because some of this criminals are the clients of sex workers.

This have resulted in the police putting a customer care desk where the sex workers can go and report any violation done to them.

Whenever a sex worker is arrested ,the police calls the organization that one of the members has been arrested ,this makes it easy for the organization to make follow ups even if the member is taken to court so that the fines can be paid.

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