LOUISE SEWE - KENYA
Thinking beyond biological parenthood
AIDS is not just a serious threat to individual lives but it also has a socio-economic impact in communities. The most disadvantaged are the orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).
Sewe serves as the director and trainer of Women Group Support Organization (WEGE), a non-profit organization that provides management, training and facilitation to support the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) left by the AIDS pandemic. The organization uses village structure approach, which promotes the participation of every individual, young and old, and allows everyone in the village to be parents. Ultimately, WEGE activities foster positive change in the way people perceive and support OVC.
“We will transform the minds of the people and their perceptions towards the care and support of OVC. It will involve every individual of the community young and old to participate and allow people who have no children to participate”, she said. This is going to be achieved by implementing the philosophy of Beyond Biological Parenthood (BBPH) whose main principles rely on human value and children’s rights.
Participation in WLW allows Sewe to learn from her peer participants as well as gain fundamental leadership skills needed to provide management of the organization. WEGE aims to facilitate individual potentials, improve self esteem, create a supportive and friendly environment for OVC’s, youth, women and men.
Sewe is a nurse with over 20 years experience and worked in various levels starting as a Nurse Coordinator and later moved to the national level as the Assistant Program Manager for Reproductive Health and Girl Child Education projects.