g) Mother/Daughter Day
- RFHAF has a program for young girls from 6 – 9 year olds (I Love Being A Girl) and from 10 – 14 year olds (Future She Deserves)
- Over the years RFHAF has identified the need of parents’ involvement hence it created the mother-daughter day program.
- During the mother-daughter day, mothers and daughters will undergo sessions on sexuality, puberty and adolescents, relationship, and communication. During these sessions mother’s will share their experiences with their daughters and daughters will read their letters to their mothers on the challenges they face with regards to sexual health and reproductive health as young girls growing up today. The mother-daughter day has been very successful in that mothers are appreciative of the program since it has opened doors to discussing sensitive issues with their daughters. With our current Future She Deserve program interest has been shown from the girls’ fathers who have been attending some of our mother-daughter day hence plans are in the pipeline to change the day to Parents-Daughter Day.
- RFHAF is now designing a similar program for boys, called Expect Respect, and hopefully we will be able to implement the program this year (2019) and also have a Father-Son Day.
h) IEC Development
- RFHAF develops its own IEC materials on Contraceptives, SAAM, Disability User Friendly Services, Basic Counselling Strategy Plus, etc.
- In the development of its IEC, RFHAF sends the material to Ministry of Health & Medical Services and the IPPF SROP office for checks on the information on the materials before it conducts the pre and post-test to check its relevance amidst the target group.
- After IEC materials are finalized then RFHAF will send to printers for development and distribute amongst the intended target audience
i) Youth involvement
- RFHAF has a very strong component of youth involvement and this is seen in all aspect of its work from governance (50% of young people are Board Members), programs (23% of staff are young people) and it has its own Youth Strategy.
- RFHAF youth volunteers are the backbone of RFHAF campaigns, public events, humanitarian responses and advocacy activities
- RFHAF currently has 120 youth volunteers, with approximately 48% members in secondary school, 40% in primary school and 12% in tertiary institutions.
- RFHAF has 60 peer educators and 10 peer counsellors who have undergone basic counselling skills and are able to refer young people to the RFHAF Clinic.
j) Vulnerable Population (LGBTIQ and Sex Workers)
- RFHAF works very closely with an LGBTIQ organisation (Rainbow Pride Foundation) in raising awareness on sexuality, sexual and reproductive health and rights. It was able to implement five awareness sessions among the LGBTIQ community.
- IDAHOT celebrations is always done in partnership with Rainbow Pride Foundation
- There is also a high percentage of LGBTIQ members who are in the sex industry hence our reach amongst sex workers
RFHAF has ten competent trainers who can provide awareness training to any target population except with vulnerable populations. RFHAF currently has only two staff that
can implement awareness sessions among the vulnerable population.