Project information

Women’s Sexual Health & Wellbeing Project

To provide 2,630 women in Ukraine, India, Zimbabwe, and the UK with culturally relevant relationships and sexual health education. Our aim is to reduce mother to child HIV transmission, and increase knowledge and confidence so women can make wise, healthy choices about relationships and sex.

January 2017 - January 2018

Charity information: acet UK

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  • Need


    One third of all health issues for women between the ages of 15 and 44 worldwide relate to their sexual and reproductive health. Unprotected sex, HIV & other STIs, sexual coercion, & sexual gender based violence are all contributing factors. Many people do not have access to clear & relevant information about relationships and sexual health from credible sources. Women are entitled to education that will empower them & contribute towards reducing their risks & improving their health & wellbeing.


    We will train, equip & resource educators to deliver culturally relevant relationships & sex education (RSE). In partnership with local schools, churches, medical facilities, & other organisations, educators will support women to deepen their knowledge & understanding of relationships & sexual health. This will include engaging them to think critically & empowering them to make informed & considered decisions, and supporting pregnant women with HIV to avoid mother to child transmission.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Train a network of educators to deliver relationships & sexual health education in their contexts


    » Raise community awareness of project & recruit 40 peer & volunteer educators
    » Conduct in-depth training courses to equip educators to deliver relationships & sexual health education, basic counselling, & monitoring & evaluation
    » Provide ongoing support & continued training for educators throughout the project lifecycle to help them overcome any challenges

    40 educators will successfully complete training in their locations & be actively involved in project delivery.

    Aim 2

    Increase the knowledge & confidence of 2,630 women & young girls about relationships & sexual health


    » Equip educators to deliver sessions on topics such as self-esteem, relationships, reproductive health, STIs & HIV, child sexual exploitation, etc.
    » Develop positive relationships with women & young girls to support them in decision making regarding their relationships & sexual health
    » Gather feedback forms, testimonials, & other examples to show evidence of changes in knowledge & confidence

    Feedback forms, testimonials, & case studies will show increases in knowledge & confidence regarding relationships & sexual health for 2,630 women.

  • Impact


    This project will contribute to reducing risks such as unplanned pregnancies, HIV & other STIs, & sexual exploitation. It will help beneficiaries increase their sense of self-worth & their confidence, leading to better health & an improved quality of life. Our educators work closely with their local schools, churches, medical facilities, communities & other organisations through which they will follow women’s development & measure impact through testimonies & case studies.


    Political unrest in Ukraine & Zimbabwe could affect educators’ ability to participate in training or deliver their sessions as planned. We would either postpone activities or re-direct them to alternative locations should this situation arise. Some of our volunteer educators may leave their roles due to job prospects. We are in regular contact with our partners & closely monitor our planned outputs. We will include additional recruitment & training courses should this situation present itself.


    Donors will receive regular updates from us via their preferred method of communication sharing the activities & impact the project is making as well as any necessary changes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £39,631

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,370 Capital investment The equipment & capital investment vital to the project
      £15,582 Project related running costs Recruitment of educators, training/refresher training, travel & supervision, materials & resources
      £13,276 Project direction/development Including partnership & best practice programmatic development (in country with UK support)
      £2,286 Monitoring & evaluation Audit, data gathering, analysis, reports
      £2,228 In country base costs Rent, utilities, administrative support
      £2,889 UK fundraising support To enable the project to take place

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trust/Foundations £19,530 Guaranteed
    Southwark City Council £5,000 Conditional
  • Background


    This project will serve women & young girls in Zhitomir & Berdichev, Ukraine; Hyderabad, India; Bulawayo, Zimbabwe; & the London borough of Southwark, UK. Each location features a different approach to the project that is specific to the cultural context. For example, in the London borough of Southwark there is a high correlation between gang related activity & child sexual exploitation & this is addressed through our education delivery.


    1,260 women & 1,370 young girls in Ukraine, India, Zimbabwe, & the UK will directly benefit through the sessions that are delivered to them. The families of these women & young girls will be impacted as they realise improvements in their health & wellbeing. 40 educators will also benefit from our support, training & resources. Our partnerships with local schools, churches, medical facilities, & other organisations will benefit from the expertise our network of educators is able to provide.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    acet UK is passionate about mobilising people to deliver relationships & sexual health education (RSE) as a foundation for HIV prevention and sexual wellbeing. With the support of beneficiaries & extensive volunteer networks, acet UK & our partners have developed educational resources that address the particular cultural challenges & needs presented in the communities where we work. We are committed to sharing best practice with each other as we seek to improve RSE worldwide.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Smith, Acet UK Chief Executive

    Sarah has developed RSE projects in the UK & Uganda, supported 1000s of young people & has completed the National PSHE CPD programme.

    Shepherd Nyambayo, Nehemiah Project Director

    Shepherd manages the Shining Star Project in Zimbabwe which is part of Nehemiah’s work to transform the lives of sex workers in Bulawayo.

    Dr Lavanya Suneetha, Nireekshana ACET Director

    Dr Suneetha leads a team of medics, counsellors, & volunteer educators to provide holistic care for people living with & affected by HIV in Hyderabad.

    Irina Dekhtyarenko, ACET Ukraine Director

    Irina oversees volunteer educators across 8 regions of Ukraine who provide RSE in local schools & youth clubs & support parents & teachers.


will empower a woman to make wise & healthy choices about her relationships & sexual health

My parents died when I was 14. I fell pregnant at 16 after I started sex work. At Shining Star, I learned practical and business skills, and received counseling. I was encouraged not to look down on myself and learned I could have a second chance. I stopped sex work and see a bright future.

Kelly, who turned to sex work to survive harsh economic conditions in Zimbabwe