Success Stories

Hakijamii Success Stories

Capacity building on Land Rights

Through the support of WWF, Hakijamii has built the capacity of 85 indigenous minority people drawn from the Maasai and Ogiek Communities on their land rights in the context of climate change and conservation. The indigenous communities gained relevant skills and knowledge for the enhanced recognition and protection of their land rights in the formal and community systems in Kenya.
Similarly, the indigenous minority people’s capacity was enhanced on the role, functions and powers of the County Government as well as mechanisms and avenues for their effective participation in County Governance inorder to enhance full and substantive participation in governance and decision-making processes as well as in the effective management of natural resources.

Reproductive Healthcare

Article 43 (1)(a) promises every Kenyan citizen access to the highest attainable standard of health, which includes the right to health care services, including reproductive health care. Hakijamii has ventured to advocate for sexual and reproductive rights for young women and girls in various parts of the country. For example, in 2021, through the support of various partners such as Planned Parenthood Global, Hakijamii was able to implement a SRH project in Mombasa County that aimed to investigate the impact of the Reproductive Health Act in Mombasa County. The goal of the project was to debunk the pre-existing social norms that hinder the realisation of certain SRH information, goods, and services. The project culminated in the launch of a three-part research series which included a photo story on the impact of unsafe abortion in Mombasa County detailing the lived experiences of girls in Mombasa County, a qualitative and a quantitative study on the state of SRH in the county. As part of the dissemination of the research, Hakijamii organised a high-level stakeholders conference that brought together the relevant stakeholders in the SRH sector in Mombasa County. During the conference, the stakeholders who included the county attorney’s office resolved to review the existing policies and laws relating to SRH in the county to ensure that the constitutional gains relating to reproductive health are realised in the county.

Upendo Village

Hakijamii has been involved in advocacy and public interest litigation in the context of evictions in Upendo Village in Langata where about 1, 000 families were forcefully evicted and business premises destroyed by Nairobi Metropolitan Services and National Police Service. Through the support of Hakijamii, the communities filed Pet. E043 of 2021, Elijah Memba & Others -vs- Transmara Printers & Stationary Ltd, NMS & Others challenging the actions of NMS and National Police Service as being unconstitutional and in breach of fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution. Hakijamii successfully obtained conservatory orders that stopped demolitions and forceful evictions; and which subsequently allowed the Nairobi Metropolitan and Nairobi County to allow the residents of Upendo village to move back into the land and rebuild their houses and businesses. In May 2022, judgement was issued declaring the actions of by NMS and Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government as unconstitutional and a breach of fundamental rights to property, right to accessible and adequate housing and reasonable standards of sanitation and the rights to fair administrative cation.