A world where all people are economically productive, in good health and live in a clean environment’ .
To offer all necessary quality support to the youth and other partners (technical assistance, research and training services) to governments, Civil Society Organizations, private sector and international development partners; that enable young people to effective respond towards emerging socio-economic, health and environmental challenges.
o Integrity and honesty
o Team work
o Timeliness and quality delivery
o Respect for client confidentiality
o Adherence to intellectual property rights
Things I Can Do
Since the year 2013, GHENO has been involved in numerous activities that aim at empowering young people to gain economic independence, respect and dignity within their communities. The following are some of the projects that GHENO has implemented in partnership with other development agencies;
i. Health services and advocacy
GHENO works with Kenyan communities through the county governments’ department of health to promote positive behavior and improved health seeking practices. These covers Reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and malaria
Adolescent and Sexual Reproductive Health
In partnership with Pathfinder International, GHENO has been implementing a reproductive health program targeting girls between 14 and 24 years of age in Kisumu, Siaya, Migori and Homabay counties through sensitization, Behavior change communication and advocacy. A total of 12,000 girls have been reached in the last 3 years. Our clinical team of health care providers comprising clinical officers and Nurses provide technical assistance and training, coaching and mentorship to health providers in the private sectors. Reproductive health services also include marketing family planning commodities and community outreach services to increase Contraception prevalence rate (CPR). We have also adopted an integration of services model to provide wholesome services, these cover Family planning, cervical cancer screening and treatment for positive lesions
The focus is on prevention, access to services and capacity improvement. GHENO is accredited by NASCOP to train HTS Counsellors. The organization organizes the two weeks course to diploma holders with health related prior training or community development. Promotion of correct and consistent condom use and distribution of free GoK condoms.
GHENO works in partnership with other NGOs within Migori and Kisumu counties to promote net use and promotion of mosquito repellant soaps and indoor residual spray (IRS). Our focus is to enhance good practices as outlined in the Kenya malaria strategy. We work through community units to champion net hanging skills, community case management and social marketing of nets and repellant soaps.
ii. Environmental conservation
GHENO has been promoting environmental conservation through enhancing the capacity of youth groups in Kisumu and Migori Counties on use of clean cook stoves that conserve energy. The selected youth groups are trained on climate change and income generation through natural resource management. Committed youths are then supported with initial capital and linked to dealers of clean stoves from where they order and sell the stoves to prospective clients.
Through County Concrete and Steel ltd, GHENO selects, admits and trains disadvantaged youth on job specific skills including; building and construction, brick making, masonry, plant mechanics, motor vehicle mechanics and general fittings. A total of 55 youth (15 female and 40 males) have so far benefitted from this project with 9 of them successfully linked to informal employers. GHENO is currently in discussions with the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) Kisumu office on how the trainees can be supported to obtain the relevant certification.