KAYSRHR launches Strategic Plan; Elects New Officials
by Christine Sayo
The Kenya Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (KAYSRHR) on Thursday launched its 2-year strategic plan in a colorful ceremony attended by partners and network members at the Best Western Meridian Hotel.
The strategic plan, which was developed in partnership with the Torchlight Collective and supported, by CIFF and the Gates Foundation is aimed to help guide the operations of the network for the next 2 years. It lays down the current situation analysis of sexual reproductive health and rights issues affecting Kenyan adolescents and youth, the network’s mission and vision and operational structure. The strategy outlines key initiatives to help the network achieve results in Communications, Capacity Building, Advocacy and Membership. The document also puts forward a governance and administration structure with guidelines on operations and resource mobilization as well as monitoring and evaluation.
Speaking following the launch of the strategy, Enock Chiteri from Siaya County’s Talanta Youth Empowerment Center – a member of the network said:
“The launch of the KAYSRHR Network Strategic Plan provided a perfect launching pad for the youth led organizations to conduct elaborate nationwide advocacy through strategic partnerships and joined efforts in seeking support. The week also provided a platform for learnings on workplanning, fundraising techniques and monitoring and evaluation, which are very vital in enhancing sustainability of the network. Am positive that the week gave us the right impetus to move as a network. We are grateful for the efforts of Torchlight Collective and the super team in ensuring the week was such a success. The sky is the limit for us.’’
Victor Chelashow of Young Professionals Chronic Diseases Network said :
“The meeting was a success as all objectives were achieved courtesy of the Torchlight Collective. What’s remaining is for the various working group to implement their work plans to help Kenyan Youths achieve their much deserved reproductive health rights.”
Present during the launch of the strategy were invited guests from the Reproductive Health Network, Association of Media Women in Kenya and the SRHR Alliance.
The strategic plan launch was part of activities during the KAYSRHR’s annual meeting. During the week, members selected new working groups and steering committee members to lead the organization. The new officials are as follows:
- Michael Asudi – Co-chair
- Violet Mbiti – Co-chair
- Georgina Obonyo – Team Leader Advocacy Working Group
- Enock Chiteri – Team Leader Membership Working Group’
- Victor Chelashow – Team Leader Capacity Building Working Group
- Gideon Koskei - Team Leader Partnership Working Group
- Christine Sayo – Team Leader Communications Working Group
Also launched during the week was the network’s website www.youth4srhr.org through which the network will amplify their work. The strategic plan launch was also live on thunderclap through which the network reached over 180,000 people online.