Announcing new HYLF grantees for our 2017 Small Grants Programme

Announcing new HYLF grantees for our 2017 Small Grants Programme

HIV Young Leaders Fund is pleased to announce its new grantees under the 2017 Small Grants Programme with a focus on addressing the needs of, and building safer environments for transgender youth, young people living with HIV in the Global South.

More than 400 youth-led and youth-serving organizations submitted incredible and outstanding proposals, and after a thorough selection process our Community Review Panel has identified our next 2017 grantees:

Naona Women Group – Mumias, Kenya

Founded in 2001, Naona Women Group works with young key populations (young women, sex workers, LGBT, gender based violence victims, people who use drugs) in Mumias, Kenya, who came together to establish a platform that mitigates the spread of HIV/AIDS, improves rural livelihoods and promotes sustainable, grassroots based development. Through the grant provided by HYLF, Naona Women Group will work to improve and uphold the social status and dignity of young people living with HIV and Aids, LGBT youth and young people who use drugs through advocacy, training and social mobilization in the city of Mumias.

Rainbow Mirrors Uganda – Kampala, Uganda

Established in 2015, the mission of Rainbow Mirrors Uganda (RMU) is to promote, protect and advance young trans women sex workers’ human rights through fostering leadership, personal, economic, and professional growth through collaborations, capacity development and inclusion in all spheres in Uganda. Through HYLF’s support, RMU the organization will work to increase access to and uptake of tailored HIV services by improving community and health system partnerships to address the needs of transgender youth who sell sex and who are living with and affected by HIV in Kampala and Mbale districts in Uganda.

Jovenes Positivos LAC – Latin America and The Caribbean

Consolidated in 2012 as the first regional network of young people living with HIV, J+LAC will work to design its 2017-2020 work-plan to strengthen the network’s management and decision-making mechanisms, as well as to to build a strategy that will ultimately identify concrete actions to mobilize transgender youth and YPLHIV, and to foster advocacy efforts that respond the needs of these young key populations in Latin America and The Caribbean.

HYLF is thrilled to work with and support these youth-led initiatives to advance the youth and HIV response in their communities.

In words of HYLF’s Board Chair, Oliver Anene, “2017 marks a major turning point for HYLF and our grantees, as we work together to empower young leaders with the resources they need to mitigate the impact of HIV and SRHR issues among young key populations. As a grant-making organization led by young people and providing much needed funding for youth-led initiatives, we strive to remain vigilant to the needs of our communities, and amplify the voices of youth in under-resourced settings”.

HYLF recognizes that there are hundreds more outstanding but underfunded initiatives that make a difference in their communities and among key populations. HYLF will keep working to build and identify future opportunities to bring these much-needed resources closer to grassroots organizations.

Yahir Zavaleta

Executive Director


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