APaD Kenya

Education, youths, PWDS and child protection

Pastoralists face incredible challenges when it comes to education. Many pastoralists want education but it should not come at the expense of their livelihood. APaD therefore found it important to create awareness on the balance between education and pastoralism. 

APaD advocates with and on behalf of these pastoralist communities to address their most pressing needs like high levels of illiteracy and lack of education. This area also aims to end early child marriages and young boys being out of school for herding activities through creation of awareness on the importance of education.

Other than the focus on education, APaD works to see Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) receive a fair treatment. PWDs exist in all communities and the pastoral community is not an exception, hence APaD found it crucial to highlight disability awareness through educating the local community in Turkana county and the entire Karamoja cluster, by trying to understand the local beliefs that shape the cultural belief of disability.

Reducing the incidence of Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) in Turkana.

This project was funded by the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) for a period of 5 months (2015-2016) for KSH 1,600,000.

Key Achievements:

  • Increased awareness on the negative effects of Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) and the right of girls to have a say in marriage affairs.
  • Increased support and aspirations for out of school girls from boys, men, families and communities 
  • Enhanced active partnerships and engagement with government, child protection networks a and other stakeholders