Women and teenage girls from fisher communities residing around Lake Victoria region are living below poverty line. About 21% men, women and children in Homa-bay County are HIV positive. Many homes are child headed as a result of deaths caused by AIDS related diseases and other epidemics affecting the fisher folk. Due to poverty and limited job opportunities around the lake region, communities rely heavily on fishing to earn a living. With the population getting larger everyday and competition becoming fierce, many women are being forced to have sex with fishermen to secure a share of the daily catch. This is commonly referred to as “sex for fish.
The project aims at improving social economic status of women which will directly translate into the growth of households and communities as a whole. To achieve the underlined project activities that are intended to be implemented by WA-WA in collaboration with community and donors, the project will enhance gender relations between people of Homa Bay County with regard to opportunities, access and control over resources. It will also increase access to employment and enhance entrepreneurship among women and teenage girls. Additionally, it will reduce hyacinth pollution.
Promote access to quality health care, Mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS, promotion of Human rights, improve linkages with micro finance institutions and environmental improvement through public participation
And in furtherance of the principal object, the Organization shall have the following ancillary objects and powers:
1. To create awareness and advocate for access and availability of SRH services in the private and public health facilities for the adolescence and young girl and young mothers.
2. Train community members on community environmental conservation methods and strategies.
3 To promote HIV and AIDS awareness and demand creation for uptake of HIV and AIDS services.
4. Link communities to available government resources and micro-finance institutions to boost capital needs for business.
5. Address gender based violence in the community through awareness creation and sensitization of community members on Human Rights.
b). Building recreational solar powered boats
WA-WA workshop where our beneficiaries learn to make simple boats and men fixing solar and motors working complementing each other to avoid competition and alienation.