Kenya Muslim Youth Development Organization (KMYDO) developed the Amina Ali project with an AmplifyChange Strengthening grant. This was in response to data (2014 Kenya, DHS) which showed that predominantly Muslim counties in Kenya had worse adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) indicators than the national average.
A unique project in East Africa working with teachers, imams (male and female), parents, service providers and policy makers, the Amina Ali project has resulted in comprehensive sexuality education mainstreamed in the curriculum of Kenyan Islamic institutions (madrassas) for the first time. Every week, two-hour sessions are run in the 30 madrassas which have adopted the curriculum; a 50% increase in the number originally envisaged.
In addition, KMYDO’s advocacy work with Kilifi county has resulted in funding being allocated from local county budgets for adolescent SRHR services, as well as uptake of services at health facilities supported by referrals from their community outreach work. Under their renewal AmplifyChange grant, KMYDO is planning to collect data on service delivery uptake from health facilities.
The Amina Ali project has also provided KMYDO with the opportunity and funding to strengthen the organisation as a whole, increasing their capacity as a convener and movement builder.