Proud To Be a Strategic Partner on the SHE SOARS program

August 8, 2022by CREAW

CREAW is proud to be a strategic partner in the SHE SOARS (Sexual and Reproductive Health & Economic empowerment Supporting Out of school Adolescent girls’ Rights and Skills) program in Kenya that aims at achieving gender transformative and sustainable change by targeting out-of-school adolescent girls and boys. The seven-year program is being implemented in Kenya, Uganda & Zambia with support from Global Affairs Canada through a consortium of organizations that include HOPE worldwide, Centre for Study of Adolescents and Youth Coalition for Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights, Restless Development, Center for Reproductive Rights CARE Kenya, and Care Malawi. In Kenya, the program target select sub-counties in Kisumu, Siaya, Kajiado, and Nairobi counties. and aims at achieving gender transformative and sustainable change by targeting out-of-school adolescent girls and boys.

Canada High Commissioner Christopher Thornley (second left), lead family planning officer at Ministry of Health Estella Waiguru (left), SHE SOARS chief of party Rebecca Davidson (3rd left), Adventist Development and Relief Agency Kenya Country Director Nitin Pappachen and Executive Director Steve Matthews (2nd right) at the Canadian High Commission residence on May 18, 2022, during the launch of Together and She Soars.

The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the enjoyment of health-related human rights by the most marginalized and vulnerable out-of-school adolescents.  Modeled on three pillars; (1) Equitable use of Sexual Reproductive Health Services by out of school adolescents through creation of an enabling environment, (2) Improved provision of gender and adolescent responsive, inclusive and accountable health services through joint efforts to strengthen health care system. (3) Improve effectiveness of women and girl’s rights organizations to advocate for evidence-based accountable and equitable SRHR policies, legal frameworks and services, CREAW is working on pillars 1 & 2 in Dagoreti North & Westlands sub-counties in Nairobi County.

The project has adopted three models that have been tested and worked to reach out to adolescents and the wider community. The models include use of the Healthy Choices Better Families (HCBF) model, Social Analysis and Action (SAA) and the SASA!Model (Start, Awareness, Support and Action) that creates change at a community level.

Cognizant that adolescents (ages 10 to 19), have certain needs, vulnerabilities and health challenges by virtue of their level of activity, willingness to take risks & limited information, the health management teams will be trained on social and gender norms to eliminate bias and increase access to inclusive and comprehensive adolescent sexual reproductive health rights services.