REPACTED is a community based organization registered under the Ministry of Gender, Culture, Sports, and Social Services under the Department of Culture in 2001.
REPACTED's mission is to define ourselves, shape our experiences, identify our strengths, tackle our challenges and celebrate our successes. REPACTED is composed of highly qualified youth and community volunteers who form a multi-disciplinary team encompassing the field of behavior change communication. REPACTED was formed in the year 2001 by youth theatre artists from the Nakuru Players Theatre Club within the Impact Project of the Family Health International (FHI) under the technical assistance of the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health-Kenya (PATH- Kenya). The youth thespians formed the organization with an aim of improving their community by encouraging people to make informed decisions and to involve them in community development. They achieve this by volunteering their theatrical skills and talents in participatory theatre activities, awareness campaigns peer education and counseling.
REPACTED seeks to address a range of youth development issues directly associated with HIV/AIDS and STIs, sexuality, Life Skills, gender issues, relationships and reproductive health. Activities that improve knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behavior are organized in a range of settings: from learning institutions to communities and special circumstance institutions (like prisons, juvenile facilities, and schools for persons with disabilities).
REPACTED programs target youth between the ages of 15 – 24 as partners, allies, and agents of change, and support youth-adult partnerships. REPACTED's work is unique in that it involves the community in coming up with solutions to the issues they face. We do this through the use of community theatre, in a method better known as “Magnet Theatre”. This method starts with tailor made community folk media mobilization techniques that pulls the audience to the magnet theatre site and enlists the audience in an active interactive discussion through a scripted performance designed to provoke the target audience’s feelings, attitudes and beliefs with an aim of inspiring positive behavior change.
In order to come up with quality Magnet theatre presentations, REPACTED engages key persons from the target population in forums aimed at identifying current risky behavior, desired behavior and obstacles to adopting the desired behavior. Guided by behavior change theories, like Diffusion of innovation, Health belief theory and Social learning theory, the target audience explore behavior change objectives, communication objectives and identify channels of communication that are effective affordable and acceptable to the community at large.
. PROJECTS WHICH REPACTED HAS SUCCESFULLY UNDERTAKEN
REPACTED has conducted 2019 interactive community theatre outreaches since 2001 to present day. Currently we are APHIA II, Rift Valley’s local implementing partner in the Informal Sector workplace program covering four districts targeting Salons, Kinyozis (barber shops), Garage and car wash workers (mechanics) and security guards with messages promoting healthy behavior through Magnet theatre and Peer education. Also under APHIA II, Rift Valley, REPACTED successfully conducted Magnet Theatre outreaches and peer education sessions targeting youth out of school messages to influence uptake of Reproductive Health services and Voluntary Counseling and testing. Since 2006, for the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru, REPACTED is conducting civic education outreaches aimed at addressing issues of gender based violence, democracy, constitutionalism and leadership under the Uraia project. Since 2005 REPACTED has been conducting theatre for development outreaches in the Adventist Relief and Development Agency, Abstinence and Behavior change for the youth project in two districts. REPACTED is a MTV Staying Alive Foundation two time award winner, the award is aimed at reaching youth in the Community, special learning institutions and Prisons with Magnet Theatre Outreaches and mobile VCT. Citizens’ Media Outreach is a project involving the community in video and photo blogging inclusive of basic computer skills. Funded by Rising global Voices, the project involves the training of community members in the use of information and communication technologies.
Since its inception the organization has trained 120 Peer educators and 50 Magnet theatre practitioners within different settings, like Nakuru GK prison inmates, both male and female, community youth and workers in the informal sector. They were successfully taken through the APHIA II, Rift Valley comprehensive curriculum on Peer education and the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH-Kenya) manual for Magnet theatre. The prison based training was fully funded by MTV Staying Alive foundation. Rising Global Voices supported Community Capacity building on digital media.
REPACTED has a cadre experienced trainers in the field of experiential community education concerns. These trainers have been involved in both local and international trainings and capacity building in different programs as consultants and technical assistants. Within the APHIA II, Rift Valley project they have been involved in training of members of the Most At Risk Population (police force, sex workers, women in low income settings, community youth, religious leaders and teachers), training of teachers (scout leaders) in Kenya and Uganda under PATH–Kenya, training community members in Civic education through Community theatre under the Catholic Justice and Peace commission.