Korogocho Mathare (KOMA) Network
Country of Operation
- Youth to Youth KenyaNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
Summary"KOMA" (Korogocho and Mathare) Network provides sexual and reproductive health information and services to the most vulnerable populations, namely slum youth and street children.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than half of the urban population live in slums and Nairobi is no exception.The Kenyan capital's slums consist of simple shacks, semi-permanent and permanent structures that house more than 1.5 million people, who are exposed to disease, crime and environmental hazards. KOMA therefore seeks to train peer educators, who will educate other youth on their sexuality and reproductive health including HIV/AIDS awareness, this will help in alleviating the poverty cycle in the slums and provide a source of livelihood for the youth.
Key program components
KOMA operates through a referral system, where treatment of sexually transmitted infections is facilitated, and contraceptives are distributed free of charge.The project has renovated 2 social halls in Korogocho and Mathare slums to host their wide range of activities which include training of peer educators, outreach and advocacy through drama, music and dance performances, telephone hotline and weekly group discussions.
Together with improving the reproductive health care in Korogocho and Mathare, the Network pays attention to economical aspects where training workshops are held to provide knowledge on the development and management of income generating activities. Therefore the young people have come up with a broad range of income generating opportunities, which also benefit the entire slum community as they fill gaps in and support essential community services, including waste disposal.