Exploring the Impact of HAART’s Awareness Raising Workshops

Since the foundation of Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART) in 2010, we have reached more than 20,000 people in hundreds of workshops together with our partners primarily in Nairobi, Kajiado and Narok counties in Kenya. We have on many occasions received mostly positive feedback from the workshops and HAART, but we lacked any real knowledge that would say anything about the impact of those workshops.

HAART’s workshops have the aim of informing the public about human trafficking and they are especially targeting the people who are the most at risk of being trafficked: in slums and in rural areas. Since the beginning, HAART has done random ‘before and after tests’ with ten simple questions that are asked before and after to measure the change in knowledge among the participants. The tests have generally showed that the participants had an increase on their knowledge in human trafficking, but there were also limitations. The tests could not say anything about whether the participants could remember the information or if the information had improved their lives.

That was why we decided to find out what the impact of our workshops is for the direct beneficiaries as well as for indirect beneficiaries who may receive information from someone who attended a HAART workshop. Anni Alexander is studying for her second master’s degree at Aalborg University in Denmark and we tasked her with this evaluation for assessing the impact of HAART’s workshops. Her research was done as an independent evaluation between August and December 2014. She observed workshops, organised focus groups with the participants as well as people that had attended a workshop six months prior, and interviewed more workshops participants, and spoke to them about their knowledge of human trafficking.

As expected there to be some gaps in the knowledge among the beneficiaries, but overall they do have an adequate knowledge of human trafficking and it was also confirmed that the beneficiaries share their knowledge in their circles of friends, family and acquaintances. In one focus group 14 out of 19 said they knew people who had not entered into high risk situations for human trafficking because of the information they had given them as a result of the workshop they attended.

Notably, there were a few recommendations that HAART is already working on implementing.

  1. Training guide
  2. Visual aid and interactivity
  3. Group demographics and mobilization
  4. Providing certificates for completion of training

Except for point four for which we are still discussing the logistics for, HAART has made steps to improve point one to three and are in the process of implementing them.

We are very proud of this report because we believe that it validates the work we and our partners have carried out in the past almost five years. It also encourages us to keep striving to make information of human trafficking available to as many people as possible because we know it will make communities more resilient to the tactics of the traffickers. Moreover, in the past six months HAART has seen a sharp rise in the number of victims of human trafficking referred to the organization. We believe this is because of the awareness that has enabled victims to identify themselves and report the cases.

We would like to thank all of our staff, volunteers, friends and partners for their commitment to fighting human trafficking. In particular we would like to thank all our mobilisers and trainers, Misereor, Mensen met een Missie, Nairobi Archdiocese, Ngong Diocese, ElectricAid and Unanima International and our Catholic Justice and Peace Commission friends.

The full report can be accessed here: