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Support first openly gay politician in Kenya: Donate now to David Kuria campaign for Senator!

in KENYA, 05/09/2012

Kuria Foundation in partnership with Gay Kenya Trust have launched an online fundraising campaign for the Kiambu Senate seat.

Gay Kenya Trust wishes to de-stigmatize gay and lesbian persons by representing them as full and equal members of the society. In this project we shall partner with Kuria Foundation for Social Enterprise - KFSE by increasing visibility through public forums on Health, anti-poverty initiatives and non-discrimination. We hope holding at least 200 public meetings & forums in Kiambu, riding on David K. Mbote's visibility in Kiambu County. This will lead to Acceptance of LGBT in public life in Kenya.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In 2004, David Kuria together with three other young gay Kenyans joined together to establish Gay Kenya Trust - GKT. Almost ten years down the line now, realization of these rights remains a mirage largely because of the high stigma on gays and lesbians in Kenya. Public visibility has been known to reduce this stigma, especially in places where gays and lesbians engage in communally beneficial programs. There has not been much public visibility of widely-known gay person, hence this project.

How will this project solve this problem?
In this project GKT hopes to support David Kuria mainstream Gay and Lesbian rights struggle, in the Kenyan public life. Being highly visible & openly gay person in Kenya, working through KFSE we shall: 1) De-stigmatize Gay and Lesbian Rights struggle through public engagement in mainstream activities. 2) Join the most marginalized people in Kiambu in addressing poverty, disease and poverty 3) publicly challenge criminalization and other structural barriers to HIV programming in Kenya

Potential Long Term Impact
Over 1.6 million people in Kiambu stand to benefit from the direct action of this project. Further the gay and lesbian Kenyans will benefit from changed perception, and public discussion of the issues of equality and non-discrimination. More than 100 micro-credit programs in Kiambu embracing non-discrimination stand to benefit from cash injection of $1000 each. Moreover the success of this project will continue to be felt long after its completion, both by the public and gay and lesbian Kenyans.

Project Message
"It is more difficult to organize a peace than to win a war; but the fruits of victory will be lost if peace is not organized."
- Aristotle, Philosopher

Funding Information
Total Funding Received to Date: $290
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $99,710
Total Funding Goal: $100,000

Additional Documentation
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

Kuria Foundation's work in Kiambu
Report by Global Commission on HIV and the law

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