Welcome to the Dolphin Anti-Rape and AIDS Control Outreach

Dolphin is a nationally registered Non Governmental Organization, which delivers life-saving sexual violence prevention education in Nairobi, Kenya. These are innovative and life-changing strategies that can effectively be used by children, both boys and girls, as well as adults, to identify, avoid, prevent, and protect themselves against sexual violence. Formed in 1998, Dolphin has empowered and educated more than 1 million school children and teachers, transforming communities. Over 250 children and adults have reportedly used the skills to stop sexual violence on their own. The youngest girl to use these skills was an eight-year-old girl in Kibera slums and the oldest woman to use these skills was 65-years-old. Child sexual violence is the worst and most serious form of violence against children. Knowledge is power, and sexual violence incidents and the transmission of HIV/AIDS can be prevented through the training and education that Dolphin provides children.

Child sexual violence is the worst and most serious form of violence against children. Dolphin targets all children in nursery, primary, and secondary schools. Since knowledge is power, sexual violence incidents can be prevented through the training and education that Dolphin provides children.

The Issues:
• Out of the 42 million people living with HIV/AIDS, more than a quarter are 15-24-years-old. Half of all new adult infections now occur among this age group.
• Of these young adults, 62 percent are young women.
• In Sub-Sahara Africa, 57 percent, or 13.1 million are women, and the number is increasing every year.
• Gender-based violence is now recognized as one of the most significant factors for HIV transmission.
• In Kenya, approximately 30 percent of women and 25 percent of men lack the knowledge to protect themselves.
• Young people play a significant role in the fight against HIV/AIDS when equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills.

According to the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team on Gender & HIV/AIDS, education is a social vaccine that can contribute to the prevention of HIV.


Dolphin Anti-Rape & AIDS Control Outreach
reaches more than 15,000 students per month, more than 200,000 students per year, for less than $1 per student

Summary of Curriculum
Dolphin has designed a sexual assault curriculum that is not only age appropriate for different school groups, but one that also reflects the Kenyan culture. The children of Kenya face different obstacles than children in the United States due to, in part, cultural differences and the HIV/Aids epidemic. Dolphin uses culturally sensitive approaches to dispel myths that lead to the spread of HIV/Aids. The curriculum is divided into two main components: Prevention Education and Self Protection Skills Training.

Prevention Education is used to teach children how to identify, avoid and prevent sexual violence. Children are taught various ways that sexual predators lure children, including gifts and favors. Children are taught how to identify certain behaviors and how to avoid certain situations, circumstances and lifestyles which can lead to sexual violence.

Dolphin also teaches children to break the silence about sexual assault. Children are taught to report inappropriate touching, even if from a family member. The program focuses on helping children be wise, not disobedient.

Self Protection Skills Training is used to train the children how to easily defend themselves in case of sexual violence from perpetrators. They are taught between 20-25 skills that they could apply in any attack, regardless of how many perpetrators are present, how strong they are, and whether or not they are armed. The skills are simple, practical, effective and easy to learn; they were developed from common sense and martial arts. The purpose of these skills is to not fight men but to disable and immobilize potential rapists/defilers so the child can flee from danger. This main strategy used is known as “Anti grab and counter technology rapid response.”


For inquiries in Kenya/Africa, please contact Winnie and Duncan by e-mailing dolphin2002ke@yahoo.com. For US inquires, please contact Jennifer Gurecki at jgurecki@berkeley.edu.

Support Dolphin This Holiday Season

Dolphin has partnered with Imani Workshops, a revenue-generating social enterprise focused on producing high quality crafts by HIV+ artisans in western Kenya, to bring you beautiful handmade cards for this holiday season. All proceeds from the sale of these cards benefit Dolphin Anti-Rape & AIDS Control Outreach and Imani Workshops. Imani Workshops is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, an association of fair trade wholesalers, retailers, and producers whose members are committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide.

Support this partnership by purchasing your holiday cards from Dolphin. Choose from the hand-stamped Peace on Earth cards, with a selection of red, green and creme backgrounds, or the Giving Tree cards, with ornaments made out of Kenyan fabric. Envelopes are included, cards are blank on the inside, and they are enclosed in clear plastic. These cards can be framed for a beautiful and meaningful holiday gift.

For every card purchased, two Kenyan children will receive Dolphin's life-saving skills training.

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DONATE TODAY!

Dolphin is proud to announce its partnership with V-Day, a registered California non-profit. V-Day has raised more than $50 million in the past 10 years to end violence against women, and now they will be able to accept tax-deductible donations on behalf of Dolphin.

Dolphin is a critical component in the global fight against HIV/AIDS and violence against women. Their grassroots efforts need your support today. Donate at V-Day's secure website.
**Please include Dolphin Anti-Rape in the memo line to ensure that all funds are distributed properly.**

New University Master's Student Works With Dolphin

Golzar Selbe, a master's candidate at the Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, worked with Dolphin in July, and experienced first-hand the importance of the anti-rape workshops. Below is an excerpt of an e-mail she sent to family and friends:

So as you know I am in Kenya working with an amazing organization called Dolphin Anti-Rape and AIDS Awareness Outreach. Being here I have grown to love not only the organization, but the people who work for it. Especially the founders, Winnie and Duncan. It has been around, and struggling, since 1998. It travels to elementary, middle and high schools teaching AIDS awareness, teaching boys to respect women and NOT to rape, and mostly working with the girls and teaching them self-defense against rape.

There are many girls who have used these defenses and saved themselves from rape, some who I have even met. The youngest was 8 years old, and the oldest is 65. When school is out, then travel to women's centers, churches, and orphanages to teach other women.

Despite their long standing NGO status and their great work, they struggle financially. I walked up the steps of the building their office is in, down a dark hall in to the office. I was amazed to see one empty room with some plastic chairs, a desk, and brochures and flyers on the desk. There was only one light bulb, but two light fixtures. When I wanted to get a video of the walk into the office through the hallway they had to remove the light bulb from the office and put it in the hallway just for me be able to record. This is how little money they have. There are posters on the wall from different organizations like V-Day or UNICEF. But that is all. Still they are able to do such amazing work. Every penny they get goes directly to gas and cost of transportation to the schools.

It was like out of a movie. I couldn't believe it. It breaks my heart how little they have, but inspires me to see how much they can do with so little. I have never seen an organization run so efficiently.




When I first arrived in Kenya, Dolphin was operating with no computer, printer, internet, or file cabinets. Their accounting book was full and they needed a new one. Not to mention the light bulbs. With the amazing help and support of my wonderful friends, family, and their friends and family we were able to raise $1,894! The best part is that number is still growing. I am still getting checks and new pledges. This was able to furnish the office with a computer, 3 in 1 printer to minimize their external costs, a file cabinet that locks (which is necessary), light bulbs, a Katarsi Analysis book, 2 tanks of gas, and some stipends for the local volunteers. These valuable people need and deserve the financial incentive to keep them around and fulfill their needs. Their patience when it comes to stipends amazes me; how many full time jobs do you work for without a paycheck?

So, after a nice long pat on our backs, it’s time to realize that our work is not done. Their car is still barley functional, and being a mobile organization that travels to the schools directly, it is a crucial component that needs to be updated. The car is so old and beaten up that when they picked me up from the airport the police pulled them over to tell them that they aren't allowed to drive it to the airport, as they do not want foreigners seeing such an old and ugly vehicle. With a better functioning vehicle they can maximize the amount of schools they can reach in a week, and they can venture into the outskirts of Nairobi. Now we are working to raise money for a new vehicle. If everyone donates a little then a lot can be done. Our suggested donations are $20 each, but give as much or as little as you can; be it $5 or $100.

Thanks for being a part of the team!

Dolphin Celebrates V-Day's 10th Anniversary in New Orleans





Winnie and Duncan celebrated the 10th anniversary of V-Day, an international movement to stop violence against women and girls, in New Orleans with activists and from around the world. This incredible event connected women and men from around the world in celebration of the past 10 years of V-Day and the next 10 to come.

The Superdome harnessed the energy of each and every person that walked through its doors and transformed that energy into solidarity.

This was Winnie and Duncan's first visit to the United States, and when asked what what they thought about the US, they replied in an e-mail:

"Your question about how we think of the USA is that it was a wonderful experience visiting a superpower country where many have tried to visit but not succeeded. The people are very friendly including the whites and the African Americans. Take an example in the hotel we were staying and the one we were taking our meals,the people were so friendly and ready to listen to any small detail you needed. During the V IO it was so exciting that Duncan was mobbed and hugged by so many women and girls especially the white ones."

This event connected Dolphin to the thousands of individuals, who before that weekend, had never heard of them or the work that they do. It was instrumental in building a global coalition to end violence against women and girls.

Read more testimonies, watch videos, and view photos at V-Day's website.

Pantyline Productions...Saving the World Through Panties



Pantyline Productions donates 20% of all sales to Dolphin Anti-Rape & AIDS Outreach Control.

Founded in 2003, Pantyline has been the official organizer of V-Day South Lake Tahoe, and in March of 2006, Jennifer Gurecki, panty extroidanier, worked with Dolphin in Kenya, teaching anti-rape workshops.

If you are interested in hosting a Panty Party as a fund raiser for Dolphin and a local organization/group you support (including V-Day events), please e-mail Jennifer at pantyline_productions@yahoo.com.

Interested in the panties? Visit her website.

Dolphin Salutes V-Day

Dolphin and V-Day have been working together to end violence against women and girls since 1992. Below is a short clip of primary school girls chanting "V-Day" after participating in a Dolphin workshop.

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Dolphin Reaches All Corners of the Globe

Visit this site from China to read more about Dolphin.

The ABCs of Rape Prevention

Dolphin uses techniques that empower young girls and boys, changing the communities they live in. Learn more about their approach here.

Dolphin In Action

Winnie, Duncan, Penninah and Steven teach a workshop at Arya Girls School.





BBC News Reports World "losing fight against AIDS"

The BBC reported today that a top US advisor for the disease proclaimed that the world is losing the fight against Aids.

"For every one person that you put in therapy, six new people get infected. So we're losing that game, the numbers game," Dr. Anthony Fauci said.

According to the BBC, more than 60% of all people with HIV live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Despite falls in adult HIV prevalence apparently under way in Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe, there is little evidence of declining epidemics in this region as a whole. In fact, prevalence levels remain "exceptionally" high and might not yet have reached their peak in several countries.

There is also particular concern at the way the virus affects women in this region, who are disproportionately affected by HIV while remaining poorly informed.

South Lake Tahoe Middle School Donates $500 to Dolphin

Dolphin would like to thank Kathy Brown’s 7th grade classes at the South Lake Tahoe Middle School for raising much needed funding for HIV/AIDS prevention in Kenya.

During an African Unit in her classes, she challenged her classes to raise money for African causes. Each class had a jar to fill full of change and bills, and the class that raised the most money won a party. One girl brought in $55 worth of pennies, and the students saw the jars fill up quickly. Overall, Brown and her students raised $728.

With the $500 funding from Brown’s class, a team of volunteers from Dolphin will be able to reach between 10,000 and 15,000 students in a one-month period.