Over the past four and a half years, the Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation (HFG)
has been implementing DREAMS Project funded by USIAD through Path in Kisumu,
Homa Bay and Migori counties. Specifically, in Kisumu County, HFG implements the
project in Kisumu East Sub County (Kajulu, and Manyatta B and formerly, South West
Nyakach and Ahero wards). In Homa Bay County, it is being implemented in North
Karachuonyo, West Karachuonyo, Central, Kibiri, Kanyaluo, Kendu Bay Town, and
Wangchieng’ wards. In Migori County HFG implements the project in Awendo Sub
County (Central Sakwa and North Sakwa Wards).
DREAMS is an ambitious partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls
and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries. The goal of DREAMS is to help
girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe
women. DREAMS is about providing multiple solutions to one problem. With support
from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation , Girl Effect , Johnson & Johnson , Gilead Sciences , and
ViiV Healthcare , DREAMS is delivering a core package that combines evidence-based
approaches that go beyond the health sector, addressing the structural drivers that
directly and indirectly increase girls’ HIV risk, including poverty, gender inequality,
sexual violence, and a lack of education.
In Kisumu, the project is being implanted in Kisumu East sub-county (Kajulu, and
Manyatta B and formerly, South West Nyakach and Ahero wards). In Homa Bay County,
it is being implemented in North Karachuonyo, West Karachuonyo, Central, Kibiri,
Kanyaluo, Kendu Bay Town, and Wangchieng’ wards. In Migori County it is being
implemented in Awendo sub-county (Central Sakwa and North Sakwa Wards).
The DREAMS project is implemented based on the following categories: Empower girls
and young women (EG &YW), Mobilize communities (MoCom), Strengthening Families
(SF), and Decrease risk in sex partners (Part). The Social Protection-socio economic
approaches include conditional cash transfer, conditional school fees, Financial
capability training and conditional entrepreneurship training. A combination of the
above socio-economic approaches have been used to target adolescent girls and young
women aged 9-24 years.