Instructors heading to the school to teach
Meeting the students!
The new Self-Defense class graduates!
Nairobi Kenya is ground zero for our IMpower pilot programs. The majority of our current training initiatives take place in schools located in the 6 largest slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Each slum area has a team of 4 â€“ 6 female and male NMNW teachers. These teams contract with Secondary Schools in their area to teach 6 consecutive weekly classes, 2 hours per session. This provides students with 12 hours of training â€“ including 7 hours of verbal and physical defensive skills. Our classes are very interactive, they are not lectures.
The system used to create the model for a sustainable No Means No Worldwide Impower program in Nairobi is as
- Locate areas with high rates of rape.
- Network with local Gender Based Violence rganizations
- Find those willing to organize, help manage or add a NMNW IMpower component to their existing programming. (in this case, Ujamaa)
- Provide support for and begin the process of searching for female and male trainees using previous committed involvement with GBV prevention activities as a recruitment tool.
- Schedule month long IMpower training intensive
- Provide organizational structure, salaries and operational support.
- Identify reliable research partners and staff
- Identify area schools and venues to contract with
- Convince school, church, venue administrators to allow 6 week IMpower classes with 6 month and 1 year follow up surveys
- Begin teaching IMpower safety and intervention classes and studying their impact