Cablegate: Kenya: Tip Project Proposal Solicitation for G/Tip-Managed


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E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: Kenya: TIP Project Proposal Solicitation For G/Tip-Managed
FY 2007 ESF and INCLE Funds

REF: STATE 028157

1. Kenya is a tier two watch list country because it is a source,
destination and transit country for trafficking in persons (TIP).
The GOK is making efforts to address most aspects of TIP, but
suffers from resource constraints, both financial and human. It
therefore relies heavily on international organizations, donor
governments, international NGOs, and Kenyan civil society
organizations for assistance. Fortunately, Embassy Nairobi received
the following very positive responses to reftel's request for
project proposals for ESF and INCLE funds. They are listed in
priority order.

2. IOM Prevention and Protection Initiative

1) International Organization for Migration;
2) USD 299,000;
3) Countering Human Trafficking: A Prevention and Protection
Initiative for Kenya;
4) One year;
5) Abstract:

Kenya is a country of origin, transit and destination for human
trafficking. Despite acknowledgement and growing awareness of the
problem among the public, civil society, and the Government of
Kenya, prevention and protection efforts and strategies are
inadequate within the country. This project will prevent human
trafficking in Kenya by increasing awareness through a national
public information radio campaign, local grassroots campaigns, and
campaigns specifically targeting school children. It will protect
trafficked persons by increasing the quality and quantity of, and
access to, protective and assistance services through capacity
building for service providers, the establishment of a shelter and
the provision of direct assistance, and the establishment of a
national referral system.

3. Rehabilitation Of Mombasa Rescue Centre

1) Archdiocese Of Mombasa;
2) Ksh 2.5 million (USD 36,232);
3) Rehabilitation Of St. Charles Lwanga Rescue Centre;
4) One year;
5) Project Abstract:

The Archdiocese of Mombasa (CAM) has a total population of 1,952,125
people. CAM has a development and social service department which
has the institutional capacity to run projects such as the Orphans
and Vulnerable children (OVC) program for PEPFAR, the St. Joseph
sisters' street boys program, and an Inter-faith Dialogue Project
co-funded by the U.S. Institute for Peace and the Catholic Relief
Services.There is increased Commercial Sex Workers (CSWs) and female
child exploitation in the coastal region, which results in
trafficking of the said target group from one town to the other
(both local and international). The project will renovate the
former St. Charles Lwanga Pastoral Centre into a Rescue Center to
handle up to 50 victims by repairing the water supply, plumbing, and
electrical facilities. The Rescue Center will be run and managed by
the church (Sisters of Our Lady of Charity) as they contribute
towards the fight against human trafficking and human rights abuses.
The work of rehabilitation of the victims will be spearheaded by
Solwodi (K) in collaboration with the Church programs.

4. Child Trafficking in the Agriculture Sector
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1) American Center for International Labor Solidarity (Solidarity
2) USD 301,000;
3) Combating Child Trafficking in the Kenyan Agriculture Sector;
4) One year;
5) Project Abstract:

The American Center for International Labor Solidarity (Solidarity
Center) proposes a one year program to combat trafficking in
children and forced labor in the agriculture sector, focusing on the
effects of exploitation of minors in the form of cheap labor. The
program will be implemented in partnership with the Kenya Plantation
and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU), which represents workers in
all agricultural sectors. Other key stakeholders, including
community organizations, employers associations, and local
government officials will also play a major role in the program.
Trafficking of children into the agriculture sector is a major
problem in Kenya. Children are trafficked to work on plantations
that produce products such as coffee and tea for export to markets
in the U.S. and Europe.

The objectives of the proposed program are to:

- Create an understanding of and increase awareness about the
problem of child trafficking in the Kenyan agriculture sector among
workers, trade union leaders/activists, community organizations,
employers and local government officials.
- Create incentives, an understanding, and acceptance among parents
and communities of the need to send or keep children in school.
- Develop a cadre of TIP union stewards to help monitor plantations,
identify and support child trafficking victims, and report cases of
Increase the capacity of unions in the agriculture sector to prevent
trafficking, assist child victims of trafficking, and hold
traffickers accountable to law enforcement.
- Assist agricultural unions to negotiate terms and conditions of
work with employers to ensure that children are not trafficked for
such labor either formally or informally.

The proposed program uses innovative activities to bring together
key stakeholders in the agriculture sector, including establishing
anti-trafficking committees at workplaces to develop joint solutions
to the problem of child trafficking in the sector.

5. Study of Sex Tourism Market in Kenya

1) Moi University;
2) USD 21,600;
3) Nature and Implications of the Sex Tourism Market in Kenya Coast;

4) Eight months;
5) Project Abstract:

This study will examine the problem of sex tourism in coastal Kenya,
situating it within the larger context of international tourism in
Kenya. The study addresses several questions pertaining to "sex
tourism market", including: the financial needs of disadvantaged
women; the dynamics of gender, class, and race, power relations; and
the lack of economic opportunities for female sex workers in the
wider social context. It also addresses related issues such as
child prostitution, women's sexual slavery through trafficking, and
policy issues. The study will employ multiple research methods
including direct observation, focus group discussions, and in-depth
interviews. Research subjects will primarily include both tourists
and sex workers, though key informant interviews will be held with
government officials and other stakeholders in the tourism industry
to provide a broader context for understanding the phenomenon.
While some academic and commissioned research have been undertaken
in other leading sex tourism destinations such as Thailand,
Indonesia and the Caribbean, no major academic work has been done on
this problem in Kenya. This major research would hopefully provide
information useful for intervention programs and policy


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