The lake region has seen a surge and unending practice known as ‘jaboya’ whereby women
from destitute families and widows end up sleeping with the fishermen in exchange for fish
stock they can sell to make a living. Sex for fish menace was thought to have declined or was
nearing an end given the efforts put by certain organizations to provide the widows with boats
to aid them in fishing on their own. However, the depleting stocks of fish on Lake Victoria
have made this difficult thus forcing sex for fish to continue taking shape. This practice has
led to a rise in the rate of HIV/AIDS making the county experience a high number of
infections given that the women are likely to give birth to children infected with HIV/AIDS
because they cannot afford costs associated prenatal care.
Homabay County leads in HIV/AIDS prevalence. Based on the current report, the county has
the highest rate of infection at a rate of 26%. According UNAIDS (2017), 1.6 million in
Kenya are currently living with HIV with 5.4% prevalence among the adults, with Homa Bay
County having the highest rate of 26%. There were 62,000 new infections reported in 2016.
The same year saw 36,000 people die of AIDS. Currently 64% adults and 65% children are on
antiretroviral treatment. Deducing from the data herein, Kenya is among the countries that
have a high rate of HIV infections around the world. In as much as HIV/AIDS awareness has
been promoted around the country, there is a high rate of stigma which as a result makes those
living with the virus not get HIV services.
Throughfish caging project, Star of the lake aims to:
generate income by themselves.
value addition, create employment and ensure their financial security.
which they can save and get loans for trading and educating their children.
shores to be enterprising and self-reliant.
Star of the lake CBO aims to achieve its advocacy goals by:
In as much as Star of the lake CBO has been undertaking Community mobilization and
advocacy program for the past 12 years, the organization has not had a full impact on many
lives because of lack of skills and relevant equipment. Our organization lacks puppeteers as
the potential puppeteers lack even puppets to use in driving our advocacy programs. The
organization also has to hire Public Address Systems from other organizations, thus
inconveniencing and expensive when there are different forums running.
In addition, Star of the lake CBO intends to open and run 3 Drop in centers in Mbita, Homa
Bay Town and Makongeni. The organization currently has one center at Makongeni-Kapita
area where it has reached out to the members of the community with other members of the
coming from 100 Kilometers away. Star of the lake CBO’s need for 3 more drop centres arises
from a number of reasons that include;
a) Difficulty in raising bus fare since majority live in abject poverty with a daily expenditure
below a dollar ($1).
b) There are times when members are too sick to move to our center at Makongeni-Kapita
c) The individuals who visit the centers are forced to ask for bus fare back home.
d) The center space is too small to handle clients.
The drop in centers will enable the members (as well as non-members) to:
It is on this background that star of the lake CBO would like to contribute towards capacity
building on community mobilization, advocacy and the establishing of Drop in centers in
Homa bay town, Makongeni and Mbita. Given this support, Star of the lake CBO will be able
to achieve greater levels of impact. In addition, the women and youth who majority are
HIV/AIDS orphans will be working towards ensuring self-reliance as they continue to take
care of their children and head households.
Star of the Lake CBO will empower its members on the rights through training and
membership-level forums. These members will be in charge of empowering the community at
large. In addition, youth from Star of the lake CBO membership will be trained on how to
manage the fish cage project, feeding the fish, cleaning the cages, fish diseases and how best
to manage them.
Activity Goal and Purpose
Goal and Purpose
The goal and overall purpose of the proposed initiative is to eliminate the spread of HIV/AIDS
among women and other vulnerable groups along the lake shores.
The guiding concept of this proposal is that through community empowerment on income
generation through fish caging, there will be increased decline in the level of HIV/AIDS
spread among the residents of Homa Bay County living along the lake shores.
The project's overall objective is to strengthen Star of the lake CBO’s capacity to advocate and
mobilize the community towards reducing HIV/AIDS infection rate within Homa Bay county
and alleviation of poverty among the women living with HIV/AIDS.
generate income through fish caging.
A strong Star of the lake CBO fish caging group.
A strong advocacy team within star of the lake CBO.
Reliance of the women and youth on fish to make a living.
Stimulating various organizations fighting against HIV/AIDS to institute Advocacy
Projects within their programs for greater impact.
Improved partnership in setting up income generating activities for the vulnerable
groups of women and youth along the lake shores.
Improved standards of life of women living with HIV/AIDS by involving them in fish
caging projects for income generating activities and easing their access to economic
Decline in the spread and effect of HIV/AIDS within the community.
Contributing towards the global demand for an increase in fish production.