In a 5‑day beginner workshop the participants, who already work in the social, education or medical field, learn core content regarding family planning and sexual and reproductive health. Our trainers are gynaecologists who volunteer to share their knowledge and have been previously trained themselves as Rain Workers. Our workshops are organized in coöperation with local NGOs.
We provide a workshop folder that has been developed for individuals as educational material, and is available in English, French and Arabic. Depending on specific needs, our workshop materials can also be translated into other local languages.
Certified Rain Workers are granted a 12-month stipend, and in return agree to conduct two or more outreach sessions a month that help educate and inform members of their community regarding family planning and health. Rain Workers organize sessions in schools, youth groups, neighbourhood meetings, health centres, and work with religious institutions, women’s and men’s groups, street children, teenage mothers, HIV support groups, and Uncut Girls Groups. Our Rain Workers are required to submit monthly reports to Aktion Regen, so that we can determine how we can best provide support and adapt the training curriculum with consideration to local social and cultural customs and ways of communicating.
After completing the Beginner Workshop, the trainees meet once a month with a local supervisor, from a local NGO, to go over the previously discussed material and further consolidate learnings. During these meetings, trainees’ practice as part of a group how to present the content they have learnt and use the Aktion Regen Tools to demonstrate the knowledge acquired. The groups also discuss together where, when, and how outreach programmes will be undertaken after the training is completed. For these monthly meetings Aktion Regen or the cooperating partner organization provide a stipend for each participant, to cover transport, meals, and where necessary, accommodation.
Our Rain Workers share knowledge about the following topics:
- The UN Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030) and Population Dynamics
- The meaning and importance of Family Planning
- Motherhood and paternity and the responsibilities of being a parent
- The needs a child has
- How the body and reproduction functions, general awareness of human fertility
- Wanted/unwanted pregnancy and mother-child-health
- Teenage pregnancies
- Different methods of contraception (natural, hormonal, non-hormonal)
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- HIV / AIDS prevention
- FC / FGM (Female Cutting / Female Genital Mutilation), Sexual Violence and Sexual Abuse
- Physical Health
- Human rights / Women’s rights / Children’s rights
After the six-month-long probationary period, during which trainees confirm their commitment to the training, another 5‑day Advanced Workshop takes place. This workshop serves the purpose of consolidating learnings and expanding on previous content. Following the workshop learnings, trainees take an exam to test their understanding of the material covered. Certified Rain Workers receive an Aktion Regen Tool Kit, a Workshop folder, a series of informative leaflets and a Rain Worker shirt and may begin outreach activities with local communities.
WHAT HAS AKTION REGEN ACHIEVED?
30 years of practical knowledge transfer
5 Big Rain Tools for taboo-free education
600 certified Rain Workers
Projects in 12 African countries (Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania)
500 000 people received valuable information regarding family planning since 2009
500.000 aufgeklärte und sensibilisierte Menschen seit 2009