Dreams Ajiri Dada
Dreams Ajiri Dada (Employ Girls and Young women) Initiative Project (ADIP) is a two-year project. In addition,it has been awarded to Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT). This is under the DREAMS Innovation Challenge. The DREAMS Innovation Challenge (DREAMS-IC) aims to reduce the incidence of HIV infections. Particularly, in adolescent girls and young women living in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.Meanwhile, the implementation of innovative solutions contributes to the overall PEPFAR target of a 40% reduction in new HIV infections. Please Learn More.
The United States funds the Dreams Ajiri Dada Initiative Project (ADIP), or DREAMS-IC. This is through an Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Also, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Janssen), one of the Janssen pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson; and ViiV Healthcare. John Snow, Inc (JSI) company is the one that manages the funding of the project on behalf of PEPFAR and other donors. Most important, Gloria Muliro is the current ambassadress of AMURT in the project Ajiri Dada Initiatives. AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team) is a voluntary charitable non-governmental organization. It was founded in India in 1965 by Shri Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar.
Its original objective was to help meet the needs of victims of disasters that regularly hit the Indian subcontinent. Over the years AMURT has established teams to create a network that can meet development and disasters’ anywhere. In 1985 AMURT broadened the goal to include long-term development. AMURT Kenya was founded in 1993. Registered as a non-profit organization but runs 22 projects countrywide. However, AMURT has worked with local communities, local administrators and organizations offering like services. AMURT plays a useful role in helping the poor break the cycle of poverty. Development is the human exchange; sharing resources, wisdom, knowledge. And experience to build a better world.
AMURT has developed a series of policies and manuals to control and manage its projects. It has clearly stated policies and manual. HR policies, Risk management policies, Operational policies, Finance manual, Volunteers manual, assets management policy, travel policy, procurement policy.
ANANDA MARGA UNIVERSAL RELIEF TEAM (AMURT) IN KENYA
MISSION: To help improve the quality of life of poor and marginalized people. Through promoting health care, values and economic status of communities we serve.
GOAL: AMURT aims at realizing short-term emergency relief and long-term sustainable development programs. Through participatory community initiatives.
VISION: To see a liberated, harmonious, resourceful society, framed with fraternity, love and mutual respect.
MOTTO: “Service to Humanity is Service to God”
AMURT’s fundamental values offering guidance in the implementation of the mission include:
Caring Attitude:It expresses compassionate support and concern for the underprivileged community. By educating PLWHAS on Income Generating Activities so as to sustain their livelihood.
Donor Friendly: AMURT has over 10 donors. It maintains close relations by providing quarterly, semiannual and annual reports and feedback on project progress.
Financial Sustainability: They believe in meeting the future needs of rural and urban informal settlements for years to come. As a result, strives to carry out its mission by ensuring sufficient financial resources are available.
Integrity and Accountability: AMURT has the highest level of integrity and accountability.In its administration, service, and outreach activities in line with the mission and objectives. It maintains accurate reports and records for activities carried out.
Partnerships: AMURT works with various partners to meet project objectives through partner support in offering quality services, advocacy. They also educate the public in the interest of rural and urban informal settlements.
Respect: While AMURT provides support to the rural community and informal settlements. It recognizes the community’s culture and religion without interference. These practices are non-religious, non-political and nonprofit.
Responsiveness: AMURT finds solutions that meet the needs of the communities through disaster relief and support.
The intervention revolves around boosting on the current unmet high demand for skilled and professional house attendants in Nairobi. Especially, 33% of upmarket residential estates through a strategic partnership model consolidating several players. Including the public sector, the private sector, and CSOs.In particular, ADIP identifies and recruit girls (19 to 24 years) from Nairobi’s informal settlements by investing in current DREAMS implementing partners in Nairobi County. Once recruited, GYW undergoes a series of training and mentorship.
This includes housekeeping skills, health education including HIV prevention, FP/STI and SRH. However, basic training on hygiene and sanitation, and financial literacy training. ADIP has also partnered with Jazza Centre in training targeted GYW on professional housekeeping.
AMURT work with informal settlement leaders and CBOs. This helps to identify and recruit 2000 targeted GYW. In addition, the project ride on other USG initiatives, including partners implementing DREAMS. However, in Nairobi County to identify eligible girls through their registers. These girls go through one-month of professional training in domestic housekeeping. As a result, this equips them with required skills for absorption into the job market. As stipulated in the minimum wages under Kenyan labor laws. They start earning salaries upon job placement. They are also guided to save part of their income for future meaningful investments. And, this includes starting of market-driven small businesses/IGAs.
The project has been implemented in 10 sub-counties of Nairobi county. For instance, informal settlements of Kawangware, Mukuru, Kware, Mathare, Kibera, Kangemi, Korogocho, Dandora, Githurai among others.
AJIRI DADA (Employ Girls and Young women) Initiative Project (ADIP) primary focus is to train and link to employment. To 2000 Girls and Young Women who (GYW) ages 19 to 24 years at a risk of contracting HIV. In addition, the project provides HIV prevention education to GYW. The project also targets vulnerable girls living in informal settlements spread within 10 Sub-Counties of Nairobi County. Where Girls and Young Women in these informal settlements are exposed to increased HIV risk. That is due to multiple structural factors, such as social norms, gender inequality, and poverty.
AJIRI DADA project interventions help focus on reducing economic drivers that increase the girls’ sexual risk behaviors. Thus the project addresses unemployment of GYW and contributes towards HIV prevention and health education for the beneficiaries. Other indirect beneficiaries reached by this project include children to targeted Girls and young women, parents and other family members.
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