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AJAN Takes The Message of Social Transformation to the Youths of the Catholic Diocese of Marsabit, Kenya.

In a county once marked by community violence, where numerous youths were promised a better future in exchange for causing mayhem, Marsabit County has achieved a state of peace over the years. However, unemployment, the lack of economic opportunities and drug abuse continue to leave many youths vulnerable, disillusioned, and susceptible to the incentives and manipulation associated with criminal behavior and violence.

Ms. Pascalia Sergon, during AHAPPY ToT opening Session at Marsabit, Kenya.

To address the challenges faced by the youth in Marsabit County, the African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) initiated a 5-day Training of Trainers on the AJAN HIV and AIDS Prevention Program for Youth (AHAPPY) that took place from the 3rd to 7th of June 2024. In collaboration with the Youth Chaplaincy Officer, Catholic Diocese of Marsabit (DOM) we identified holistic development, conflict resolution, skills development and social economic empowerment as crucial elements in building the capacity of the target groups. This training aimed to help the youth realize and appreciate their potential, while also instilling value-based practices that can sustainably transform their lives.

Mr. Pardington, during AHAPPY ToT Session as the youth follow up with the training at Marsabit, Kenya.

In view of this realization, while the general aim of the AHAPPY program is to  reduce vulnerability and contraction of HIV by the Youth, the facilitators took their time to engage the youth on topics of self-awareness strengthen them to take responsibility of their own lives through making  informed decisions such as sexual abstinence and use of ARV drugs for those who may be already infected besides being agents of positive change. Encourage the youth to take up social entrepreneurship, where they were challenged to be problem solvers. A total of 35 participants attended the training which focused on awareness, self-realization and recognition, educating and providing them with life skills, abilities in critical thinking and correct values; so that they are able to realize their potential through positive attitude change and skills, to identify and take advantage of the opportunities in their community and surroundings.

Ms. Mary Wanjugu, during AHAPPY ToT Session with the youth at Marsabit, Kenya

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Dennis Owuoche

Dennis Owuoche Shadrack is the AJAN Communications and Research officer, Having joined AJAN in 2022 he has a broad experience in content writing; statements, press releases , website management, brand development, developing communications strategies and managing the social media, disseminating knowledge products, preparing flyers, reports and spreading other materials in order to enhance awareness about HIV and support Holistic development of the young people as a AHAPPY Trainer.

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