Service, Education and Empowerment (SEE) Project

2015- 2018
Service, Education and Empowerment (SEE) Project
Service, Education and Empowerment (SEE) Project

Increasing Safe and Informed Decision Making on SRHR by Young People

The Service, Education, and Empowerment (SEE) project was a three-year project funded by UK Aid which aimed to improve the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of young people in Ethiopia. The project targeted young people age 10-29 years old in North Shewa and was implemented from November 2015 to October 2018.

 

Young people were at the centre of the programme; meaningful youth participation was a prerequisite in the project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to ensure their needs and realities were reflected in the project activities. Over 85 youth representatives were critical stakeholders in pushing the project forward.

 

In collaboration with local key stakeholders, the project aimed to: increase access, availability and quality of SRHR information and SRH services for young people; create a supportive environment for young people to exercise their SRHR; and empower out-of-school youth through income generating activities (IGA).

SEE reached over 230,000 young people between the age of 10-29 years old to increase their capacity to make safe and informed decisions on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. Through the support of DfiD, SEE created supportive environments for young people to utilize SRHR services, and empowered youth to engage in income generating activities. SEE was implemented in 24 districts in the North Shoa Zone in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. Over three years, SEE trained more than 800 out of school youth on entrepreneurship, business development, financial management, and life skills; granted seed money to over 300 young people to start-up small business ventures, of which 90% had already set-up their own business before project close out; constructed and equipped five youth-friendly service rooms in five health centres; and trained nearly 1,500 health professionals on the provision of SRH services for young people.

Key Achievements

The project reached 111% (N=237,896) of the targeted beneciaries with SRH information and services.

Delivered Comprehensive Sexuality Education to over 50,000 students in 10 schools and one youth centre

Equipped 24 Health facilities with medical equipment and supplies

Constructed five Youth Friendly Services rooms in five Health Centres and equipped them with essential supplies and equipment

Trained nearly 1,500 health workers (including Health extension workers) and Health Development armies on provision of better SRH services to the Youth

Organized and executed monthly pregnant mothers’ conferences in collaboration with health centres, which reached over 6,200 expectant mothers.

The conferences aim to provide pregnant women with information related to pregnancy and promote antenatal and postnatal care and institutional delivery.

Implemented mobile health (Mhealth) services in 12 districts to increase ANC visits and improve maternal and child health service utilization

Conducted community mobilization and organized community dialogues

Trained and engaged local officials to increase accountability for the implementation of youth SRH activities

Provided more than 800 out of school youth entrepreneurship, business development, financial management and life skills training; and supported 300 young people with seed money to start-up business

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