What is Knowledge is Power (KIP)?
KIP JANUARY 2016
KIP provides four weeks of health education to adolescents in El Porvenir, Honduras. Each group of student participants (morning and afternoon groups) have 2-2.5 hours of class Monday through Thursday covering a variety of health topics (see below). Fridays are an optional outing for the participants. The students also complete a small health presentation which they present at a community wide health fair at the end of the program. Our goal is to be able to continue this program yearly (at least).
How is KIP sustainable?
The first KIP course had a total of 31 participants, 26 of whom graduated from the program, 4 of those with honors. Morning classes were held at the Bautista Church in the Narciso neighborhood (a poorer community) and afternoon classes were held at the government municipality building in the Centro neighborhood.
We are now fundraising and planning for the next KIP program for January 2019. We are hoping to increase our class size. We look forward to Keyla teaching again. With every new year we strive to improve our program.
Shake the World would like to extend a sincere thank you to the following people for helping make KIP possible. Without them, we would not have been able to have such a successful program.
Katlyn McConnell with Finding Hope Honduras
The municipality of el Porvenir
And of course, a thank you to all our donors and volunteers! Without your generosity, this program would not have been possible. A special thank you to the following:
University of Iowa Community Credit Union
Our second KIP course took place in November-December 2016. We had a total of 36 students enroll and 26 graduate from the program. Our lead teacher, Keyla Oro, did a fabulous job running the program on her own with the help of assistant teachers , Alejandra Mendoza and Indira Ortiz. Keyla has been an amazing asset to our program. The kids developed a deep trust with her and many students came to her with personal problems and health related questions. She had also suggested we included sexual abuse in our curriculum this time around, which we did, and turned out to be a very important addition. Keyla even had the idea to wear blue ribbons for sexual abuse awareness at the community health fair for solidarity. She has really led the program and has truly demonstrated our organization's values.
In addition to the four week program, KIP leaders meet with the KIP community advisory board in El Porvenir, a group of community leaders from the health, education, business, and government sectors. A community needs and knowledge assessment was completed in December 2014 that has helped guide the curriculum and program.
The program is evaluated every year quantitatively and qualitatively. The program participants take a pre-and post-test on the first and last day of the program to evaluate their learning and a program evaluation with the community advisory board is also undertaken. The advisory board serves to help improve the program every year.
The first KIP program was part of a University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine global health project but continues today without this affiliation.
For more information on the KIP program please see the links below (which use Google Documents to view) or email us.
The KIP Program in January-Feburary 2018 was another success. We had _ students graduate. Keyla Oro was lead teacher and Indira Ortiz was assistant teacher. Missionaries Scott and Susan Ledford loaned us a space for one of our classes.
A Sincere Thank You
KIP NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016
For more about KIP 2016, please visit our blog.
The KIP community health fair was held on December 9, 2016. Below are our four graduates who received honors for the course.
A portion of the costs associated with KIP were needed only during the first start up year. Some of the materials for the classes and the books for research can, for the most part, be reused year after year. Additionally, once the curriculum is finalized and evaluated, only minor changes and updates will be needed from year to year. However, printing costs, fair materials, and Friday outing costs will need to be fundraised every year, and unfortunately, present a hindrance to sustainability.
While the project was started by those in the U.S., the objective is to have local teachers. For the second KIP course in November/December 2016, the three teachers were all local including one former KIP student as one of the new part-time teachers.
In addition to financial and personnel components, Shake the World also relies on the KIP community advisory board to help guide the project and be invested in its success. Several members were essential to making the program a success.
Our 4th annual KIP program has finished up and its hard to believe we have finished our fourth year! Once again, we had two classrooms full of kids, one group in Kinder Ebenezer and the other in the Centro. We had a fun month with movie night, beach day, swimming at the pool, and of course, our final health fair.
This year we also decided to commemorate our fourth year with a march through town. The local bomberos (firefighters) drove the ambulance and we invited kids from all the years to join us to march to the field for the fair. It was great to see the kids from past years!
We also had a special section of volunteers representing the issue of sexual abuse in the community. Unfortunately, sexual abuse is far too common in el Porvenir and rarely prosecuted. We have had kids in different years tell us about abusive situations they have suffered. Although we talk about sexual abuse in our course the problem is of course much larger than we can truly address. However, we hope that our group with "No to sexual abuse" shirts in the march helped bring awareness to the issue.
Shake the World
January 29, 2016 was our community health fair, which, due to rain, was held at an open-air restaurant on the beach instead of the soccer field, but still managed to have a successful turnout! The students did an amazing job.
Shake the World also hired a local teacher, Keyla Oro, who has been a wonderful addition to the Shake the World program. Keyla's local experience has been very helpful in improving the program and she has a special interest in family planning for adolescents.