HOYMAS outreach team is comprised of 40 peer educators and 5 outreach workers .Their key role is to conduct peer to peer outreaches and referrals as well as condom and lube distribution at hotspots
We conduct monthly in-reach where PE train and refer clients for services at our clinic
HOYMAS runs a “peer Navigation” program aimed at facilitating linkage of clients to clinical services in public healthcare facilities. So far have two peer Navigators one at Mama Lucy Kibaki referral hospital and another one Casino STC
Working with organizations such as SWOP Clinics, University of Manitoba, Vu University -Amsterdam, NASCOP, we regularly conduct research on MSW/MSM in Nairobi and in Kenya to determine data and establish issues /characteristics of MSM/MSW in Kenya.
Ongoing research projects include South to South Study- Mental Health Survey which is “Audio Computer Assisted survey interview” ACASI,Economic Empowerment and political positioning of SWs in Kenya done in collaboration with Vu University Amsterdam, IBBA a Pilot study done in collaboration with the University of Manitoba, Prep Demonstration study with LVCT
HOYMAS is committed to supporting male sex workers to acquire life skills, education, and vocational skills without encouraging them or forcing them to abandon sex work.
HOYMAS provides business and Micro-Finance skills to Male sex workers. The training has been focusing on: financial literacy & management, business development skills, Savings, and loans acquisition processes.
This enables the MSWs/MSM make informed choices about their lives.
By obtaining income from other activities Sex workers put them in a position whereby they are able to reduce sexual partners and negotiate safer sex practices, reducing their HIV/STIs risk and vulnerability.
Majority are now fully housed and ran small scale businesses
The savings and credit scheme ensures that they remain so by offering a financial loan with a fair interest when any of the members need it.
Hoymas runs a Sacco as a sustainability plan as well as members opportunity for saving and economic empowerment initiative
It’s through the Econ Empowerment program that enabled HOYMAS to acquire a TAXI for it social enterprise programs