The HIV team held two trainings in Mombasa and Diani that ran concurrently from 23rd to 25th April 2013.The trainings were held for Church leaders to enlighten them on issues of HIV/AIDS and its impact on the community.
The main objectives of the trainings were;
- Increase awareness about HIV/AIDS and avoidance of risky behavior
- Eradicate stigma and condemnation among people living with HIV/AIDS
- Restore human rights, dignity and equality of people living with HIV/AIDS
- To renew the Churches’ responsibility towards caring for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS
MOMBASA Training of Trainers
The training venue for Mombasa town was at Mt. Zion Ministry, Bombolulu. Fifty participants from several churches attended.
The training took place at Word of life Centre in Diani. The workshop was fully attended with fifty participants attending. The participants were drawn from various local churches.
The main challenge in the area is that prostitution is the biggest social evil of the community with the root cause being poverty. Most of the native people are not gainfully employed and have no other sources of income. The only source of livelihood is coconut farming and since it cannot sustain the family’s needs, other forms of income are sought. Prostitution becomes “an easy way out of poverty”. Young girls (as young as 12) are lured into the vice either knowingly or unknowingly- some are encouraged to do so by their parents. Young men (also known as beach boys) also engage in prostitution mostly with white tourists so as to support their families.
Additionally, drug use especially- inject able drugs is on the increase since young people engage in illegal drug use to “run away” from their problems while for others get addicted due to peer pressure. This puts them at risk of contracting HIV through the shared needles as they don’t pay attention on sterility of the needles and syringes as long as they get the dose.
The expected outcome of these trainings is that the trained leaders will disseminate the information received to the communities through decentralized workshops so that the people can live responsible lives.