Get to know about Inerela+ Kenya


INERELA+ Kenya exists to equip, empower and engage religious leaders living with or personally affected by HIV to live positively and openly as heralds of hope and agents of change in their faith communities and counties. INERELA+ Kenya works with religious leaders that are living with and personally affected by HIV and AIDS to ensure that they are empowered to:
(i) Break the silence and live openly and positively.
(ii) End self and community stigma, denial and shame.
(iii) Be forces of change and action in their faith and surrounding communities.
(iv) Influence faith community and national policies around HIV programming, gender, SRH and human rights and accountability.


KENERELA was represented in the foreseeing of Proposal  development

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Our Objectives

• Objective 1: To establish highly effective networks across the nation that link Religious Leaders Living with or Personally affected by HIV and AIDS.

• Objective 2: To support members use their empowered HIV and AIDS status to reach out to their immediate congregations/religious structures, surrounding communities and the civil society at large in breaking the silence surrounding the HIV epidemic, ending stigma and discrimination, and advocate for enhanced prevention, care, support, treatment and behaviour change intervention.

• Objective 3: To build and scale up networks‟ use of their experiences with members‟ activities and impacts to secure and sustain awareness, publicity information sharing and communication through available and possible means.

• Objective 4: To broaden the program focus to empower religious leaders for the implementation of congregational responses and join partners in HIV advocacy and action with and for people living with and vulnerable to HIV infection especially excluded groups.

We are Located

Targeted groups within the congregational departments

We equip them to adopt and advocate for positive gender norms and inclusivity. This includes male involvement in MNCH, EMTCT, Family Planning, breaking silence on sexuality issues at the family level and parenting
To understand their rights and take up participatory and leadership roles at congregational and community levels. This includes education on MNCH issues, Family Planning, Sexuality education, Land and property rights, EMTCT and good health seeking behaviours.
We mentor them to be role models among peers and agents of transformation within congregations and communities. This is done through integrated faith specific congregational curriculum which includes not only scriptural focus but also sexuality education and rights, life skills and HIV education.
We prepare them to face life challenges through age appropriate sexuality education which encompasses teaching on rights issues and good morals.

Our core Values

• Support without judgement
• No political affiliation
• Leaders as role models
• Do not demand disclosure
• Seek to serve
• Empower members with skills related to the fight against HIV and AIDS
• Inclusive not exclusive
• Respect for life
• Gender inclusive network
• Transparency and accountability to all stakeholders

Interventions

1. SAVE and SSDDIM Mainstreaming
2. Advocacy
3. Sexual and Reproductive and rights (SRHRS)
4. Gender Discourse
5. Women Land and Property Rights
6. Health Governance
7. Media and Publicity
8. Empowerment of religious leaders
9. Congregational Responses
10. Initiation of Dialogue between People living with HIV and Religious Leaders
11. Documentation/Publications