Amina, a Voice from the Red Light Street

Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) Eldoret

Amina, a 24 year-old lady has been a sex worker for years. Her operation base is Eldoret town, in Kenya’s Rift Valley province. During the implementation of the Shujaa Project by Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) in Eldoret, Amina was identified and brought on board to be a lead contact to a group of sex workers in the town.

She was also recruited to be a peer educator for the Access, Services and Knowledge (ASK) project, a three-year project which targeted young people in the age group of 10-24 years. Through ASK, she received respective training, which enhanced her capacity to reach out to fellow sex workers with reproductive health information and services.  

Following the training, Amina became influential in mobilizing sex workers during campaigns and community outreaches.

She says:

"I have been doing this work for a while now. When I came in contact with the FHOK’s health center in Eldoret, I Iearnt a lot about sexual reproductive health, and the wide range of services that I can access from the clinic. This included HIV testing services through their Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT). My experience with them has been life-saving, literally!”

Amina did well especially in distribution of condoms and attending girls forum that were conducted by the ASK project team. Besides learning from the SRH discussions, Amina would go out and share this information with her friends. She also referred many of them to access services at the FHOK clinic, where she was guaranteed they would receive quality services.

The overall objective of the project was to improve the use of SRHR services by young people (10-24 years) through demand creation, provision of youth-friendly information and services (including commodities), and ensuring public private partnerships with a greater respect for young people’s sexual rights. It was implemented in the five countries of Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Ghana.