Our wonderful Outreach Team is dedicated to expanding the work of Rafiki Mwema into the local community. Recently they attended a local a school in our area where many students have been experiencing sexual abuse from their peers, relatives and neighbours but these acts are not being reported. We are passionate about helping to change the culture in Kenya and general public attitudes and believes surrounding sexual abuse, acceptable behaviour, and reporting to authorities. In this visit, our team grouped the students in groups based on their age and class grades. In total they worked with over 100 students.
We are passionate about stopping abuse before it happens by educating our community and empowering people with the tools they need to enable this. This can include simple tips such as teaching children to say ‘no’ if they are not comfortable or someone is invading their privacy, as well as speaking up about anything that may have happened to them.
Our team held training on sexual abuse, children rights, private parts of the body, safe touch and bad touch, as well as the referral pathways to take in the case of the abuse. To help support the children, the training was also accompanied by the representative from the areas chief office and the teachers from the school.
The main objectives of the training were:
1.To ensure that students know their rights as children
2.To ensure that the students knows that they can be sexually abused through touch on their private parts
3.To ensure that students know their privacy rights and the need to say ‘No’ in the case that their privacy is invaded
4.To ensure that students know where, how and whom to report to in the case of sexual abuse
5. To ensure that the students together with their teachers become aware of any abuse, reports it and also spreads the same message to the entire community.
We are so proud of our Kenyan team and the role they are playing in our local area to help educate the community and to change stigma, attitudes and culture towards sexual abuse.