Zawadisha is honored to partner with the grassroots and social justice organization Dolphin Anti-Rape & AIDS Control Outreach to provide life-saving violence prevention and HIV/AIDS education to our loan participants and their children. Winnie Anyango founded Dolphin in 1998 in recognition that violence against women is a matter of life or death, as rape and the transmission of HIV are intrinsically linked. Dolphin has empowered more than 1 million individuals in the greater Nairobi area.
Their participatory workshops not only provide self-defense instruction, but also teach women and children to assert themselves, say “no,” and make wiser decisions concerning their own behavior. More than 3,000 children and women have reported using the skills they learned from Dolphin to thwart attempted rapes. Their work has also significantly affected the way that men view violence as well. Men who once insisted that it was not necessary to educate women and girls on these issues have since joined Dolphin to actively support its work in schools and the greater community. In a world where exploding violence against women has threatened the very fabric of many societies, Dolphin has inspired the women and children of Kenya to reclaim their bodies, their homes, their schools, and their villages.
As we continue to identify the needs of our loan recipients that extend beyond lending, we aim to partner with other projects and organizations to provide comprehensive solutions to some of the greatest problems that affect women and children.
Interested in partnering with us? Please send us a note at jen at zawadisha.org.