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Kakenya’s Dream is a not for profit organisation which invests in girls from rural communities through education, health and leadership initiatives. Our programs operate in Transmara, one of the remotest and most marginalized regions of Kenya, where nearly 80% of girls continue to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) at puberty, 50% are married before the age of 19, and only 17% complete primary education. Girls’ education is not a priority for family or community investment, and social norms perpetuate low educational achievement. Investing in girls’ education yields profoundly positive outcomes not only for the girl, but for her family and community as well.
Our interconnected programs provide educational opportunities for vulnerable girls and train youth on sexual and reproductive health and rights in marginalized communities.
a. Centers for Excellence: Our boarding schools, the Kakenya Centers for Excellence (KCE I and KCE II), serve 280 girls in grades 4-11 in a safe, supportive environment. The program takes a holistic approach to educating girls, incorporating health and leadership elements into the curriculum and providing for all physical and social-emotional needs.
b. Network for Excellence: We support the 135 girls who have graduated from our boarding schools as they continue on their educational journeys. The girls receive mentorship, tutoring, financial support, and a variety of essential resources to help them thrive in secondary and tertiary education. This year, 83 Kakenya’s Dream girls are attending colleges in Kenya and abroad.
c. Health and Leadership Training: In the communities we serve, sexual and reproductive health are not discussed openly. Young people do not know their rights and cannot advocate for themselves. Our training program reaches boys and girls in schools across the region to foster positive change. So far, we have trained 14,000 youth over the past eight year**.**Kakenya’s Dream intends to set up a youth-friendly health facility to provide basic healthcare services including stigma-free sexual and reproductive health services, to its students and, eventually, to all youth, including boys, aged 10 to 24 years from the surrounding community.
2. Purpose of the assignment
The health clinic consultant will lead the conceptualization, designing and development of a functional youth-friendly health facility to benefit both the students & beneficiaries of Kakenya’s Dream and adolescent youth from the surrounding community.
3. Key areas of responsibility and deliverables
Develop the concept of a youth-friendly health facility, to include:
i. Detailed task list, timeline, and key party responsible for all aspects mentioned below (Gantt chart).
ii. Medical components
iii. Programmatic components to entice youth to seek out the clinic and take advantage of the services.
iv. Physical design and construction of the clinic
v. Operating a clinic
vi. Strategy to gain community buy-in and communicate out.
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