Minority Persons Empowerment Group (MPEG) was founded in August 2010 and registered in 2014 under Mamboleo Peer Empowerment Group DGSD/TAT/YG/O14/127 with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social  Services Certificate No:350756

Organization’s Background/Capacity

Since MPEG’s inception six years ago and registration with the ministry of social services, Minority Persons Empowerment group is an MSM/MSW led organisation advocating for human Rights, promoting positive health, providing security interventions to the MSM/MSW community and advancing their social and economic development in Kiambu county, Kenya. We design, plan and implement programs aimed at creating a less hostile environment for grassroots MSM/MSW individuals. Our programs encourage MSM/MSW individuals to accept themselves and are spearheaded towards empowering the same  people in areas of human rights, social, sexual and reproductive health and self-determined economic lifestyles.

MPEG has a governing structure that follow policy briefs , organisational structure and follows all the guideline of a community based organisation. We have Very qualified personnel. We have four volunteer staff. The Director who is a qualified administrator from Kenya institute of Management and a holder of Information technology Diploma. He is also a trained HIV counsellor. A writer and a consultant. The programs officer is a qualified Program manager, was a student at Railways Training institute, accounting and business administration and pursuing a degree in business management also from Mount Kenya University. Our finance officer was a student of Kenya institute of management qualified CPA holder. Our Office administrator is qualified and certified from Kenya Institute of Management in project management.

Statement of Purpose

MPEG being situated in a conservative and homophobic environment due to Kikuyu culture, existence of illegal gang (Mungiki ), the fact of a political member of parliament who is a mover of Anti-homosexuality bill hails from this region and the rising police brutality which is associated with community assaults and violence. There is need to mobilize, sensitize, empower, and create awareness to  the MSM/MSW community in this region bearing in mind there is much need of doing the same to the larger community, law enforcers, policy makers, health service providers and the religious caucus.

Vision and Mission

  • To Advocate for MSMs on sexual reproductive health  well being , psycho-social and economic empowerment.
  • To provide information, education and  awareness for MSMs wellbeing and sexual reproductive health rights

Background

According to the latest National Aids Control Council recent publication of the Kenya HIV County Profiling published 2014 under the ministry of health, HIV prevalence in Kiambu county is at 3.8% Ranking No. 17 with the number of adults living with HIV as at 42,000.Other cition under the Kenya demographic and health survey and Kenya Aids Indicators survey conducted proves the epidermic.this is according to KDHS and KAIS dataThis also shows that annually there is 2,931 new infection of Sexual transmitted infection in the county.Annually there is 2,931 new looming cases of Sexually transmitted infection This has been caused by the rapid sexual intercourse at very low age.55% of sexual intercourse in the county happens before the age of 15yrs according to the IBBS survey.  

Although there has been progress in increasing access to services for MSMs, stigma and discrimination remains a major obstacle to successful scale up of HIV prevention, care, and treatment services , including antiretroviral therapy (ART). At present, condom use among MSMs is estimated at 42%  while HTS coverage is estimated to be about 75% and about 63% of HIV-infected MSM are unaware of their HIV status.according to MPEG data collected within the 5 years Similarly, though based on limited data, ART uptake among MSMs diagnosed with HIV is low , which indicates that there is low linkage rate and adherence support among MSM diagnosed with HIV.

HIV related services targeting MSM/MSW are poorly resourced and operate under outdated policies. In addition,  criminalization of MSMs is a barrier to effective programming.

Governance Structure


The Board of Directors

Consisting of the following (7):

The Board will choose the most qualified to spear head the thematic areas of MPEG vision and mission include and not limited to the strategic plan goals in the board.

  • Health (Secretary)
  • Advocacy  (Chair)
  • Economic empowerment (Treasurer)
  • Research (Vice Chair)
  • Media /Communication/Support (Member 1-3)

The Secretariat


What We Do

Work / Activities

  • Mapping and hotspots validation
  • Identification and training of peer educators
  • Community Outreaches
  • Referrals to Drop in Centers and other health facilities
  • Referrals and Linkages to Care and Treatment
  • Addressing Gender Based violence
  • Addressing stigma and disrcimination
  • Alcohol and substance abuse Meeting
  • Psychosocial Support Group(PSSG) meetings
  • MSM Fun/Sports/HTS Day
  • Regular data quality assessment
  • Routine Program Monitoring
  • Peer educators Monthly Review Meetings

Partners

  • GALCK have been helpful especially with the help of office set up. It has also helped our members in several trainings. Our vision from GALCK is to see it help in advocacy and litigation as per our MOU agreement and support us in accomplishing our mission as an organization. We are looking forward to have more chances to trainings, workshops, events and travels to empower and capacity build our members who are in the rural setting.
  • Ishtar MSM & Hoymas with training of our peers among other training
  • Aphia plus Kamili with help from NOPE as implementing partners have given us a safe office space as we are looking forward to get our own with time and availability of resources.
  • We have a partnership with Aphia plus as MSMs representatives in Central region
  • Sub-County health and medical support and CASCOs
  • University of Nairobi as their mobilizers and lubricants distribution team
  • Currently with support from NOPE , NASCOP and APHIA PLUS the secretary MPEG sits at the TWG for KEY POPULATION.
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