In pursuit of providing Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Education( Nilinde curriculum),-Wounded Healers expanded to Bungoma County and trained ten young women who will lead in creating awareness of sexual violence in their own community. Bungoma County ranked second and Kakamega County fifth in the top 10 counties recording the highest rates of teen pregnancies in 2018.
Nilinde is a swahili word for PROTECT. Nilinde is 10 hours curriculum that invest in grouping high school boys and girls at grassroot, delivering a comprehensive Sexual violence awareness and education and instigating collective social norms on issues that affect adolescents boys and girls.
According to one community member, most people feel that women have brought suffering to themselves. This has derailed efforts by activists to fight the brutal and heinous behavior in the area.
The ten young facilitators came from Cheptais and Chesikaki Communities. A significant number of women and girls from these communities have been raped and defiled, yet no legal action has been taken. Many victims and survivors live with the effects of atrocities with nowhere to go and no one to rescue them.
These ten facilitators will educate the community on sexual violence prevention and human rights. Some advantages of having this community empowerment are that the ten facilitators speak the communities dialect and are well-versed with areas’ terrain and cultures. Wounded healers will provide all resources and capacity building to the team in Bungoma.
After three days of facilitators training, we visited our first high school for practical implement the project-Mulatiwa Secondary School, a mixed school where the project was briefly introduced and provided all girls with sanitary pads.