OKOA SASA CBO started as a women’s group established in 2007 with the core objective of empowering Female Sex Workers (FSW) through training on various facetts of life. These included entrepreneurial skills, reproductive health and legal rights. The engagement of other marginalized groups such as women and young mothers constructively necessitated the growth from a women group to a Community Based Organization (CBO).This was in order to serve effectively the other women and members of the society that were not part of the previous group’s scope. The CBO currently has expanded its mandate to include engagement with other Key Populations as well as marginalized groups. As a result of this a psychosocial approach to problem solving and support of these individuals was deemed crucial, and the engagement of psychological counselors was adopted. This is unique for our organization as it helps us to help the communities we serve in a holistic way. It is now an integral part of our core as values as the organization diversifies.
OKOA SASA means Save, Now. In line with this belief which is reflected in our name, has opened a rescue center to shelter and house sexually abused children, young women and Female Sex workers. The CBO also envisages rehabilitation of drug users in efforts aimed at preventive strategies for children. It also aims at enabling of young mothers access sound health care and treatment in health institutions supportive of the group’s mandate.