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Wise Up Coordinators Training Completed PDF Print E-mail

The two days capacity building training for Wise Up outreach coordinators launched on Monday, September 29, 2014 at Timber Lehiwot Ethiopia’s (TLHE) head office was completed as scheduled on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

The two days training aimed at increasing the quality of trainings and coffee ceremonies for FSW. It encompassed topics on HIV Counseling, behavioral change communication or training facilitation skills, current facts on female sex work and condom, TLHE manual on FSW training, titles and discussion points for coffee ceremony, tools to FSW training process, output and outcome, and new wise up strategic directions.

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Wise up program manager at TLHE, Solomon Abebe, noted after the TOT that the goal was to provide trainees with updated information on FSW training, methods of making the sessions more engaging, selecting topics for discussion and conducting monitoring and evaluation of the sessions. Solomon explained that the incorporation of such methods intended to raise the quality of trainings and coffee ceremonies for FSWs. He further stated that the training has provided outreach coordinators with the opportunity to exchange their experiences besides building on their training facilitation and topic selection skills for coffee ceremonies. He generally stated that the training was a success.

One of the participants of the TOT Mulugeta Yimer, Dukem Outreach Coordinator, pointed out that the training incorporated very relevant issues like topic selection for coffee ceremonies and the new Wise Up strategic direction. He raised the clear, precise and short presentations on a positive note besides applauding the strong participation from the trainees/outreach coordinators. He picked up the fact that it was a two days training as a constraint holding back thorough deliberations on pressing topics as the time allotted for topics was shorter than it should have been. He, however, stated that the TOT achieved its purpose despite that short coming.

Another participant in the TOT Lealem Negatu, Assela outreach coordinator, stated that there were gaps in the TLHE training manual and that methods used by coordinators were not uniform. He also pointed out referral linkage and communication problems as shortcomings identified in prior schemes to assess the need for training. The organization of the TOT, he explained, helped address the previously identified problems. He raised the topic selection problems that he and other coordinators faced and stated that the training has provided them with other techniques of doing so. The experience sharing at off meeting hours, he argued, also helped capacity. As with Mulugeta, Lealem also held the opinion that the training was a bit short considering the topics raised and commented that further trainings to build management skills would be very valuable.

Wiise Up Coordinators Training

W/ro Yenenesh Tarekegn, Wise Up Coordinator at DKT Ethiopia, officially opened the capacity building training for Wise Up field staff members. In her remarks she pointed out that the capacity building training aimed at increasing the quality of trainings for Female Sex Workers and coffee ceremony events.

The TOT has encompassed all 32 Outreach Coordinators in 28 cities and towns to attend the 2 days training. The TOT trainees are expected to provide the training to their Drop In Center members upon their return and assess the changes in the quality of trainings provided for Sex Workers and Coffee Ceremony Event.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 16:03
 
Wise Up Coordinators Training Launched PDF Print E-mail

A two days capacity building training for Wise Up field staff members is launched today September 29, 2014 at Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia’s head office.

W/ro Yenenesh Tarekegn, Wise Up Coordinator at DKT Ethiopia, officially opened the capacity building training for Wise Up field staff members. In her remarks she pointed out that the capacity building training aimed at increasing the quality of trainings for Female Sex Workers and coffee ceremony events. The morning training session also included Effective Training Facilitation and HIV Counseling.

The TOT has encompassed all 32 Outreach Coordinators in 28 cities and towns to attend the 2 days training. The TOT trainees are expected to provide the training to their Drop In Center members upon their return and assess the changes in the quality of trainings provided for Sex Workers and Coffee Ceremony Events.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 16:54
 
Training on FC2: Second Generation Female Condom PDF Print E-mail

Wise Up has trained 850 female sex workers about FC2, second generation female condom.

The FC2 training was conducted in all Addis Ababa Wise-Up Drop In Centers (DIC) and regional offices.

The Topics of the workshops were about the general concept of female condom, detail description on FC2, the advantages of using female condom, Key steps to follow while using female condom, common misunderstanding of FC, proper way of disposing used FC.

All the Trainees are female sex workers from all DICs selected from different locations; local drink house ( Areki bet) based FSWs, hotel/Venue based FSWs and Street based FSWs with at least writing skills.

The Selection of trainees for the orientation was mainly focused on those girls who are active, interactive and who are able to share (teach) their peers about FC2 after attending the training. They were a total of 850 participants comprising 224 from north cluster, 200 from Eastern cluster, 224 from south-western and 201 from central cluster.

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Female Condom (FC) is safe and effective if used correctly and consistently. It has high acceptability among both women and men in many countries, and provides protection against both the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS, and unintended pregnancy.

The FC became available in 1994. The introduction of FC lead to more protected sex acts.

Female Condom (FC) provides women and men with an additional choice to protect themselves from both unintended pregnancy and the transmission of STIs, including HIV/AIDS. With correct and consistent use, is as effective as other barrier methods. It protects the vagina, cervix and external genitalia, affording extensive barrier protection. FC loosely lines the vagina; it is not tight or constricting and has no serious side effects associated with its use.

FC2 is the second generation female condom to FC1. FC2 was developed to take the place of FC1, providing the same safety and efficacy during use, but at a lower cost.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 14:14
 
Emerging Financial Opportunities for Disadvantages PDF Print E-mail

Wise up program provided ETB 60,000 in each and a total of ETB 240,000 seed money for four newly organized cooperatives in Adigrat, Alamata, Jimma and Debre Markos to start cafeteria and restaurant business opportunities. These cooperatives has organized an income generating associations (IGA) for a better financial source to themselves and the community.

Wise Up has so far helped in the establishment of sex workers’ cooperatives societies engaged in different income generating activities (IGAs). Currently there are 6 cooperatives in 7 sub-cites of Addis Ababa  and  45 cooperatives and 16 new Self help group (SHG) in all regional sites of Wise Up program.

Wise up program empower sex workers cooperatives in income generating activities to develop their entrepreneurial skill and IGA scheme. For establishing new self help group and cooperatives Wise Up program and partner organizations provided continuous technical and initial capital support.

The Main objectives of the Wise up Sex workers cooperatives/SHGs are to improving the economic status of sex workers’ cooperatives, developing self confidence, self reliance & to enhance entrepreneurial performance of sex workers cooperatives, improving the living standards of sex workers, minimizing and reducing the individual impact of risks and uncertainties while forming cooperatives,

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The cooperatives gained technical follow up assistance from Wise Up ranging from awareness creation & experience sharing to providing temporary operational area & initial capital, as well as assistance in formulating their bylaws and internal rules

Each cooperatives have legal recognition from government body and organized under Cooperative Societies Proclamation 147/1998, implementation of Cooperative Societies 106/2004 and Cooperative Societies Amendment Proclamation No. 402/2004

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:17
 
Wise Up Amazing Race PDF Print E-mail

Wise Up Program made the closing of the 5th Wise Up Annual Summit by proving an Outdoor treasure hunting game ( Wise Up Amazing Race); as a team building activity in city of Diredawa, eastern part of Ethiopia.

Treasure hunt is organized as a game to be played in a group of people. This could be in a range of formats;  searching for items, following clues as a group or splitting into teams to race to a prize.

Treasure trails are a variation on the theme of a treasure hunt in which participants follow a set of directions and discover clues to help solve a puzzle in route. Trails may be on foot or use vehicles including public transport. They may follow circular routes or be linear in nature.

Wise Up family has divided in 6 teams each having 10 members to follow the listed clues to find the concealed place.

After more than 5 hrs of searching all over Diredawa one group has finally able to find the renown  Ethio Djibouti train station, LEGHAR, following given clues.

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LEGHAR (Ethio Djibouti train station)  was the key word that was supposed to be abbreviated from 6 different place names: Legehare, Empire Cinema, Gende Kore, High school of Diredawa, Alliance Ethio-Française, and Ras hotel.

Wise Up amazing race is held to demonstrate Leadership in a group, how to unite group members in working towards a common goal, excellent communication skill, keep them motivated, evade conflict, and ultimately deliver success

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Broadening Literacy to the Disadvantaged’s PDF Print E-mail

As one of the basic things in the modern world, the ability to read, write and use numbers, to handle information, express ideas and opinions, make decisions and solve problems, as family members, workers, citizens and lifelong learners, Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia (TLE) Wise Up program has continued itsoffer forthe Adult Literacy class to female Sex workers.

Wise Up program among many of its services it provides to the sex workers, adult literacy is one of a life changing program that is specified to step forward the disadvantaged groups.

Literacy and numeracy skills are almost always employed for a purpose, such as making decisions or solving problems  and in a particular social context. The use of literacy and numeracy in everyday life is closely linked with social practices that have their own social purpose and meaning.

Wise Up program in 2014 has graduated 134 studentsfrom adult literacy program from 9 Wise Up Drop In Centers.  Drop In Centers (DICs) from South west (40minch, Awasa, and Mizan), East (Shashmene and Awash 40) ,North (Alamata, Desse and Adigrat) and two Drop In Centers from Addis Ababa.

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The three month adult literacy program is given by a professional instructors designed for adults for three days in a week and two hours in a day.

Those who successfully completed their education, Wise Up has organize agraduation ceremony  with the presence of woreda education head, experts of Adult education, City HAPCO representative and other governmental and nongovernmental organization.

Wise Up program graduated 119 female sex workers from 9 Drop In Centers DebreMarkos, Jigjiga, Wolliso, Jimma, WolayitaSodo, Nekempte, Bahirdar, Adigrat, and shire.

Thinking that to be literate and numerate is not only to have the mechanical skills of encoding and decoding symbols but also the knowledge, skills and understanding that enable us to do what we want to do in our private, family, community and working lives, Wise Up has provided personal development skill programs in different Drop In Centers of Wise Up.

The incidental learning that happens in such contexts is as important as planned and deliberate learning within the learning program. It is important that learners not only develop skills in a particular context but also become proficient in other contexts in order to broaden and transfer their learning.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 13:01
 
5th Wise Up Annual Summit PDF Print E-mail

Wise Up has held the 5th annual summit in the eastern part of the nation, in the municipal city of Dire Dawa.

The fifth annual summit has brought up Wise Up family from 28 town of Ethiopia in eastern part of the nation from May 20 to 25, 2014.

The summit has discussed on the performance of Wise Up in the last years  by raising the challenges faced and opportunities used.  Annual report of the program, brief on Wise Up status update, strategic plan review of Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia (TLE),  best practice presentations by different Wise Up Drop In Centers,  progress report by finance, Admin, and Logistics departments and many more agendas were part of the summit. In addition the general assembly has got an opportunity for a day training on communication to enhance the internal and external communication.

After acknowledging the board member members of  TLE,  TLE in collaboration with  DKT Ethiopia has prized and recognized the Wise Up family for their extraordinary effort and successful accomplishment.

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On May 24,2014  after the closing of the formal session,  the award and recognition night has gave an end to the 5th annual summit of Wise Up.

The categories of Wise Up award was clustered in 8, both in individual and group level; Best Outreach Worker of the Year, Best Team of the Year, Best female outreach worker of the Year, Best DIC of the Year, Best Partnership & Networking Award, Best Wise Up Cooperative, Exceptional Achievement,  and recognition for all DIC's for their successful  Safer Life 2013 campaign.

Out of 35 nominees from all the categories, five of them got best outreach worker award while the gold medal went to G/Silassie G/Medhin of Alamata, silver medal to Hanna Getachew and LealemNigatu of Hawassa and Assela respectively, while the bronze went to NitsuhAytenew  of Debre Markos and HabtamuAgegnehu of Dire Dawa.

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For the beast team of the year Debre Markos has took the Gold medal while Jigjiga took the silver and Shashemene and Alamata took the bronze.

Best Drop In Center (DIC) of the Year gold medal award went to Dire Dawa when the silver goes to  Axum and Adama, Nifas Silk Lafto (A.A) DIC's got the bronze medal.

To encourage female outreach worker from all the DICs, 7 female outreach workers has selected as best female outreach worker of the year.

From 3 nominees in the category of Best Wise Up Cooperative Asqual& Aster General Service cooperative from  Mekelle took the Gold Medal while the silver medal went to Araya, Cafeteria Service Coop from Shashemene.   Hidasse Women General Service Coop of Harar took the bronze.

Wise up is a condom promotion and HIV prevention program run by DKT Ethiopia and implemented by Timret Lehiwot Ethiopia (TLE) targeting female sex workers, their clients and other most at-risk populations (MARPs).

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Funded and led strategically and technically by DKT, Wise-Up is facilit ated by the Federal and Regional HIV/ADIS Prevention and Control Offices (HAPCO). Timret LeHiwot (TLH), a local non-government organization is implementing partners of the program.

Currently the program is implemented in 28 towns throughout the country. Over the past quarter, a Timret Le Hiwot(TLH) have implements the program through various strategies that have brought change to the lives of beneficiaries mainly direct targets, sex workers and the community at large.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:06
 
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