Wanawake- Wavuvi WA-WA
Our main focus is to reduce the existence of the ‘sex for fish’ practices which forces women and teenage girls from the age of eighteen and above to offer sex to fishermen in order to get fish to earn livelihood. This has resulted into Homa Bay being the leading county in HIV/AIDS prevalence in Kenya.
What is WA-WA?
WA-WA is a swahili abbreviation meaning ‘Wanawake Wavuvi’ which in English means fisher women. WA-WA’s main focus is to reduce HIV/AIDS among the fisher communities through eliminating ‘sex for fish’ which contributes heavily to HIV/AIDS infections. Therefore, our aim is to turn tables around lake Victoria where the major jobs are dominated by men.
We offer between 3-12 months comprehensive training to our beneficiaries in:
We train our beneficiaries to become proffesional fisherwomen. Skills acquired include: swimming, first aid, net casting and boat rowing among others.
After training, our beneficiaries acquires skills in: fish pond mearsursments, pond construction, water pumping, identification of the right species fingerlings, use of organic feed, pond maintance, harvesting, pond refilling and marketing among other soft-skills development.
A 12 months training in boat buiding. Skills include: accurate meaurements,familiarity with material management, tool maintanace and boat maintenance, ability to work with co-workers during boat building/maintance/rapair collaboratively, idenfication of the right timber and assembling among others
We offer our beneficiaries skills to turn water hyacinth into sellable products, making bio-degradable fishing nets that does not harm the environment.
Livelihood After training our beneficiaries, we integrate them into the mainstream society as professionals and entrepreneurs, support in building their own fish ponds, using their own built boats to catch fish.
Health and life style change
We sensitize the community on sexual and reproductive health as well as raise awareness on HIV/AIDs infection prevention.