A society free of gender inequalities
HFAW is an International not-for-profit, non-partisan organization registered in 2013 and works with rural communities to reduce gender inequalities through economic empowerment, gender advocacy with FGM as a priority, promoting sexual, reproductive health and advancing human rights in Kenya through Popular Education Model
Honesty to ensure HFAW staff and volunteers are trusted and credible in the eyes of all stakeholders
Openness to feedback, ideas to ensure we are creative and innovative
Passion to address the myriad of needs related to gender in the communities. HFAW staff will often have to go out of their way.
Excellence in everything we do. We strive to have done our very best by the time we finish tasks
HFAW was conceived in 2010, when Grace Mose, Ph.D. attended an International Training Course on Popular Education in Health offered by Educacion Popular En Salud (EPES), a nonprofit Foundation in Santiago, Chile, that has been successfully mobilizing communities for health and social justice since 1982.
Owing to the deep critical consciousness raising, participatory and community engagement components of this education model that motivates community to take action to resolve its own problems, Grace was deeply convinced that this model will work in Kenya to end strongly held harmful traditions including FGM. Grace, who until this time was living in USA was inspired to come back to Kenya, founded HFAW in 2011, and registered it with NGO Board in 2013. HFAW strives for gender equality through economic empowerment, promotion of sexual and reproductive health, eradication of GBV with emphasis on FGM and advancement of human rights through popular education model.
Grace mobilized and took 6 women from Kenya for training in popular education in Chile in 2014.
The 6 women immediately began to use the model to end FGM in Kisii community. Since then, HFAW has trained 30 health and human rights promoters to combat GBV with FGM as a priority and improve access to reproductive health information in their community. The trained health and rights promoters have reached students, parents, and teachers directly and indirectly through the local media with anti-FGM messages since 2014.
HFAW’s outreach strategy focuses on schools, churches, markets, road shows and media and local county leadership with anti-FGM messages and related messages on child abuse, early pregnancies and women rights. The health promoters also hold small face to face discussions with community (men, women and youth) where they critically engage on FGM and other gender issues.
HFAW has also worked with kiva zip to endorse interest free loans for poor women. It has also provided finance and literacy training for the rural women. HFAW has recently launched a women’s fund targeting rural women majority who have no avenue to access credits and are normally the ones holding strongly to FGM due to deep socio-economic marginalization and gender inequality.
The multi sectoral approach involving advocacy with children, youth, teachers, parents, community leaders as well as economic empowerment and media outreach presents winning formulae to end FGM in one generation. HFAW has a firm belief in the power of the often left out ordinary people at grassroots to change and unveil their situation and cultivate their strengths and talents through participatory strategies and collective action to end FGM, foster sustainable development, and enable them to become equal participants in their families and communities.
- In 2011-Secured individual donation to support the purchase of 10 goats to Maasai women
- In 2012-Conducted a women and leadership training at Rongai
- In 2012- managed to secure a contract with the Pencil promise to help the
- Grace Fund women tailor backpacks as one of their economic activities
- Supported Kisii women make bricks to build their houses and improve their income
- Donated 14 tailoring machines to 23 Amboseli women to help them be self employed. This initiative is helping women gain wildlife education and find livelihood in tailoring skills so that they do not compete with wild animals.
- This will save the environment and our wildlife
- Donated one tailoring machine to Kisii women
- Donated one tailoring machine to Lanzit women
- Gave tailoring skills to Grace Fund, Lanzit and Amboseli women
- Through education and engagement all the 30 women in Grace Fund denounced FGM
- Education workshops with Maasai of Amboseli on eradication of FGM; domestic violence and wildlife
- Sponsored 6 Kenyan women were trained in popular education in Chile in 2014.
- HFAW has trained 30 health and human rights promoters to combat GBV with FGM as a priority and improve access to reproductive health information in their community.
- HFAW also endorsed 139 interest free loans worth over $35,000 for poor women.
- Trained 8 central African women in the popular education methodology
- Trained 25 women from 9 countries from the Lutheran community of East
- Africa on the popular education methodology on ending FGM
- Trained the Methodist women of Tanzania on ending FGM
- Trained 23 Maasai women and men of Ewaso Kedong on popular education methodology and how to use in ending poverty, alcoholism and FGM
- HFAW and health and rights promoters have reached over 5000 pupils in 10 schools by end of 2016, 547 parents, and 60 teachers directly and 500,000 indirectly through the local media with anti-FGM messages.
- Sponsored incubation of rabbit farming with 40 farmers including donation of 20 does and one buck
- Trained about 50 grassroots women in finance and entrepreneurship literacy in 2016
- Trained 50 health and law enforcement providers on client centered approach to issues of GBV and FGM including the laws in 2016
- Held workshop with 105 people in partnership with KELC to intervene on FGM at Menyenya in Kisii county and Mongoni in Nyamira county in 2016
- Trained 22 women in Social Change Communication to end FGM in 2017
Education not mutilationEducation not mutilation’ UN Sec Gen Ban Ki Moon urged the world during 2016 International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM conference. Sixth of February is International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a day to raise awareness of the practice and work towards its elimination. The Theme 2016 was "Achieving the new Global Goals through the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030."
Men Against FGM‘We did not know that when they say have finished (cutting) they mean they have finished the girl child’….’If I was a woman, I would be dead now’ said Pastor Pareyio* from Kajiado North during a Popular Education training. He confessed to not have known what goes on during the FGM procedure since men’s role is to provide cows and goats to be used for the ceremony. Men in the room also declared that FGM should and will never happen to anyone they know. (more…)