Pamoja is implementing DREAMS Initiative in East Seme with the support of HJFMRI-WRP funding. The project, which is in its second year, aims to help 3336 girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe women. The overall goal of DREAMS is to reduce HIV infection among adolescent girls and young women (AGY) aged 10-24 years by 40% in 2 years. Unique to this program in the financial capability and entrepreneurship training which has enabled girls and young women come up with sound business plans and innovative business ideas. In addition, girls in this program have graduated with information, Communication and Technology (ICT). The young women are equipped with various skills which they can use to earn an income and improve quality of life and that of their families’ due to this economic empowerment.

Table 1: The DREAMS Service Package of the 12 interventions are as follows:

  • 1. Post Violence Care (Clinical services – PEP, STI treatment, EC, Trauma Counselling, etc.)
  • 2. HIV Testing Services (including enrollment into treatment, adherence and retention etc.)
  • 3. Condom Promotion and Provision
  • 4. Contraceptive Method Mix (education, no targets for uptake of specific methods)
  • 5. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • 6. School and Community Based HIV and Violence Prevention (EBIs – HCBF, MHMC, SHUGA etc.)
  • 7. Parenting and Caregiver Programs (FMP1, FMP 2)
  • 8. Community Mobilization and Norms Change (e.g. SASA!)
  • 9. Asset Building (social, literacy, economic, human, cognitive, etc.)
  • 10. Educational Support (school fees, uniforms, scholarly materials, etc.)
  • 11. Cash Transfer (unconditional)
  • 12. Combination/Socioeconomic Approaches (entrepreneurship, microfinance, vocational training, job placement etc.)