Solution Overview & Team Lead Details

What is the name of your solution?

Hapega

Provide a one-line summary of your solution.

Hapega empowers Botswana's youth with intellectual disabilities through tailored comprehensive sexuality education, family forums, and ongoing care.

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What is your solution?

Our solution, Hapega, is a comprehensive program designed to empower young people with intellectual disabilities in Botswana on the topic of sexual and reproductive health.

Hapega is an organization that provides specialized education and support to young individuals with intellectual disabilities in Botswana. We focus on teaching them about sexual and reproductive health in a way that's easy for them to understand and tailored to their specific needs.


Hapega does three main things:

Tailored Education: We create educational materials and resources that are adapted to the unique learning styles and needs of young people with intellectual disabilities. This includes simplified language, visual aids, and interactive activities to make learning about sexual health accessible and engaging.

Family Forums: We organize family forums where parents, caregivers, and educators can learn about how to support these young individuals in their journey towards understanding sexual and reproductive health. This helps create a supportive environment at home and in school.

Follow-up Care: We have a system in place to provide ongoing support and guidance to these young individuals. This ensures that they have access to information and resources even after the initial education, helping them make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.


Hapega's approach is person-centered and interactive. We use specially designed educational materials that use simple language, visual aids, and interactive activities. Our educators work directly with young individuals in special education schools to deliver this tailored education.

We also bring families, caregivers, and educators into the process through family forums, where they can learn how to provide the necessary support.

Technology-wise, we may use digital platforms and resources to supplement our education, but the core of our solution is the personal interaction and customized materials we provide.

What specific problem are you solving?

The problem we are tackling within the Challenge is the glaring absence of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education and assistance for young people with intellectual disabilities in Botswana. This issue, while reflective of a global concern, is characterized by unique local intricacies.

Scale of the Problem:

Local Scale (Botswana):

Botswana faces a critical issue in providing adequate sexual education to young individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The dearth of accessible information and resources on sexual and reproductive health places these youths in precarious situations, including unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and exploitation.
The problem encompasses a substantial portion of young people enrolled in special education institutions across Botswana.
Global Scale:

At the global level, millions of people with intellectual disabilities confront the same challenge of lacking access to comprehensive sexuality education.
They are often marginalized in mainstream sexual education initiatives, rendering them more susceptible to adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes.
Many countries worldwide are yet to establish comprehensive policies and programs to address this issue.
Relevant Statistics:

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that individuals with disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, face heightened risks of sexual abuse, exploitation, and inadequate access to sexual health services.
The United Nations estimates a staggering global population of over 1 billion individuals with disabilities, a substantial proportion of whom are underserved when it comes to proper sexual education and healthcare.
Although precise data on the number of young people with intellectual disabilities affected by this issue in Botswana is limited, it is widely acknowledged as a significant concern within the country's special education system.
Factors Contributing to the Problem and How Our Solution Addresses Them:

 Many young people with intellectual disabilities struggle to access and comprehend conventional sexual education. Our tailor-made comprehensive sexuality education bridges this gap by presenting content that is both accessible and pertinent to their specific needs.

 The stigma and discrimination these individuals face often lead to their isolation, rendering them more susceptible to sexual exploitation. Hapega's family forums and follow-up care system cultivate a supportive atmosphere that encourages inclusion and diminishes the burden of stigma.

 Families, caregivers, and educators frequently possess limited awareness of the sexual and reproductive health requirements of young individuals with intellectual disabilities. Hapega's educational programs extend beyond the students themselves to encompass families and caregivers, guaranteeing a well-rounded approach to support.

Hapega is on a mission to confront the pressing issue of inadequate sexual and reproductive health education and support for young people with intellectual disabilities in Botswana, a challenge with potential ramifications on a global scale. The extent of this problem is substantial, affecting a considerable population locally and millions worldwide, with factors such as stigma, restricted access, and awareness gaps exacerbating the issue.

Who does your solution serve, and in what ways will the solution impact their lives?

Our solution, Hapega, primarily serves young people with intellectual disabilities in Botswana. These individuals are our target population, and our mission is to directly and meaningfully improve their lives in several ways:

Our target population includes young individuals with intellectual disabilities in Botswana. These disabilities may encompass conditions such as Down syndrome, autism, or intellectual developmental disorders.
They are a vulnerable and often underserved group in society, facing unique challenges in accessing information and support related to sexual and reproductive health.
These individuals may struggle with understanding and communicating about their own bodies, relationships, and the concept of consent.
How are they currently underserved?

Young people with intellectual disabilities often receive limited or inappropriate sexual education, as mainstream programs may not cater to their specific learning needs.
They face a higher risk of exploitation, abuse, and unintended pregnancies due to their limited access to accurate information and support.
Families and caregivers may also lack resources and guidance on how to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of these individuals effectively.

Hapega aims to comprehensively address the needs of young people with intellectual disabilities:

Tailored Education: We provide customized sexual and reproductive health education that uses simplified language, visual aids, and interactive methods, making it accessible and understandable for our target population.

Family Support: Through family forums, we empower parents, caregivers, and educators with the knowledge and skills they need to support these young individuals effectively. This creates a nurturing and informed environment at home and in educational settings.

Ongoing Care: Our follow-up care system ensures that young individuals have continuous access to information and resources, helping them make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health throughout their lives.

Hapega's solution directly serves young people with intellectual disabilities in Botswana, addressing their unique needs for sexual and reproductive health education and support. By doing so, we aim to improve their overall well-being, reduce their vulnerability to exploitation, and empower them to lead healthier and safer lives.

How are you and your team well-positioned to deliver this solution?

Our team at Hapega is uniquely positioned to design and deliver this solution because of our strong ties to and deep understanding of the communities we aim to serve. Our proximity, commitment, and community-driven approach set us apart.

Our Team Lead has personal and professional connections to the communities we serve. They have a family member with an intellectual disability, which has provided invaluable insights into the challenges faced by this population.
Our team includes individuals who have experience working with young people with intellectual disabilities, either as educators, caregivers, or advocates. This firsthand experience drives our passion for this cause.

We have actively engaged with special education schools, families, caregivers, and educators to gain a deep understanding of the specific needs and challenges faced by young individuals with intellectual disabilities regarding sexual and reproductive health.
We continuously seek input from the community through surveys, focus groups, and open forums to ensure our solution is informed by their perspectives and experiences.

The design and implementation of our solution are meaningfully guided by the communities we serve. We have involved them in shaping our educational materials, curriculum, and support systems.
We prioritize feedback from the community, adapting and refining our approach based on their input and ideas. This ensures that our solution is culturally sensitive and responsive to their unique needs and preferences.

We have established partnerships with local special education schools, advocacy groups, and healthcare providers, further embedding us within the community and ensuring that our solution aligns with their agendas and needs.
 Our team is not only well-qualified in terms of expertise but is deeply connected to and representative of the communities we aim to serve. We are committed to a community-driven approach, actively engaging with our target population to co-create a solution that addresses their specific needs and aligns with their agendas. This ensures that Hapega's solution is both culturally relevant and effective in improving the lives of young people with intellectual disabilities in Botswana.

Which dimension of the Challenge does your solution most closely address?

Improve the SRH outcomes of young people and address root cause barriers to SRHR care.

In what city, town, or region is your solution team headquartered?

Gaborone, Botswana

In what country is your solution team headquartered?

  • Botswana

What is your solution’s stage of development?

Pilot: An organization testing a product, service, or business model with a small number of users

Who is the Team Lead for your solution?

Sharon Reakae

More About Your Solution

What makes your solution innovative?

Hapega's solution is innovative in several ways:

Tailored Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Our approach involves developing and delivering comprehensive sexuality education that is specifically tailored to the unique learning styles and needs of young individuals with intellectual disabilities. This customization is a novel approach, as many existing programs do not adequately address the diverse needs of this population.

Inclusivity and Empowerment: We focus on not only educating young people with intellectual disabilities but also engaging their families, caregivers, and educators. This holistic approach recognizes the importance of a supportive network and empowers the entire community to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of these individuals.

Adaptive Technology Integration: While our core approach relies on personalized and interactive in-person education, we also leverage digital platforms and resources where appropriate. This combination of traditional and digital methods allows us to cater to diverse learning preferences and ensures that our solution remains adaptable to evolving technology trends.

Community-Driven Approach: Hapega actively involves the community in the design and implementation of our programs. We seek input from young individuals with intellectual disabilities, their families, caregivers, and educators, ensuring that our solution is shaped by their real-world experiences and feedback.

Catalyzing Broader Positive Impacts: By pioneering a comprehensive sexuality education program tailored to young people with intellectual disabilities, we set a precedent for inclusivity in sexual education. Our approach has the potential to catalyze broader positive impacts by influencing educational institutions, policymakers, and organizations to adopt similar inclusive practices.

Changing the Market: Hapega's innovative approach challenges the status quo of sexual education. As more organizations and educators recognize the importance of personalized, accessible, and inclusive sexual education, we anticipate a shift in the market toward more diverse and responsive educational programs.

Hapega's innovation lies in its tailored and inclusive approach to sexual and reproductive health education for young individuals with intellectual disabilities. We combine traditional and digital methods, actively involve the community, and have the potential to influence a broader transformation in sexual education practices, making it more accessible and relevant for underserved populations.

What are your impact goals for the next year and the next five years, and how will you achieve them?

Impact Goals for the Next Year (2024):

Reach and Educate: In the next year, our goal is to expand our reach to at least five additional special education schools in Botswana, directly reaching and educating an additional 500 young individuals with intellectual disabilities on sexual and reproductive health.

Community Engagement: We aim to conduct a minimum of 10 family forums in the coming year, engaging at least 200 parents, caregivers, and educators to enhance their knowledge and support networks.

Feedback and Adaptation: Implement a robust feedback mechanism to gather input from our beneficiaries, enabling us to adapt and refine our programs continuously.

Strategies to Achieve These Goals (Next Year):

Partnerships: Forge partnerships with more special education schools and local organizations to expand our reach efficiently.

Training: Train additional educators and facilitators to deliver our tailored sexual and reproductive health education.

Community Outreach: Actively engage with communities through awareness campaigns, workshops, and feedback sessions to ensure the success of our programs.

Impact Goals for the Next Five Years (2028):

National Reach: In the next five years, we aim to provide our tailored comprehensive sexuality education to every special education school in Botswana, reaching and educating at least 5,000 young individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Policy Advocacy: Advocate for the integration of inclusive sexuality education into the national curriculum for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Botswana.

Scaling Regionally: Explore opportunities to expand our solution to neighboring countries in Southern Africa facing similar challenges.

Strategies to Achieve These Goals (Next Five Years):

Policy Engagement: Collaborate with government bodies, educational institutions, and NGOs to advocate for policy changes that prioritize inclusive sexual education.

Capacity strengthening: Establish a training program to strengthen the capacity of educators and organizations in delivering tailored sexual education for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Knowledge Sharing: Share our best practices and lessons learned with organizations in neighboring countries to encourage regional adoption of our approach.

Our impact goals for the next year and the next five years are aligned with several UN Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being), Goal 4 (Quality Education), and Goal 5 (Gender Equality), among others. We believe that by achieving these goals, we can make a transformational impact on the lives of young people with intellectual disabilities and contribute to broader social and educational advancements in Botswana and the region.

Describe in simple terms how and why you expect your solution to have an impact on the problem.

Theory of Change for Hapega's Impact:

Problem: Young people with intellectual disabilities in Botswana lack access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education and support, leading to vulnerabilities and risks.

Activities:

Tailored Education: We provide tailored comprehensive sexuality education using simplified language, visual aids, and interactive methods.

Family Forums: We organize family forums to educate and empower parents, caregivers, and educators to support these young individuals effectively.

Follow-up Care: We establish a follow-up care system to provide ongoing support, guidance, and access to resources.

Outputs:

Informed Youth: Young individuals with intellectual disabilities gain knowledge and understanding of sexual and reproductive health, including topics like consent, relationships, and safe practices.

Empowered Communities: Families, caregivers, and educators acquire the skills and awareness needed to provide a supportive environment for these youth.

Resource Availability: Accessible sexual and reproductive health resources are made available and utilized by the target population.

Outcomes:

Reduced Vulnerability: With improved knowledge and support systems, young people with intellectual disabilities are less vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, and unintended pregnancies.

Enhanced Well-being: These youth experience improved mental, emotional, and physical well-being, leading to better overall quality of life.

Inclusion and Advocacy: Communities become more inclusive and aware of the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities, leading to reduced stigma and discrimination.

Long-Term Impact:

Policy Change: Through advocacy efforts, we aim to influence policy changes that integrate inclusive sexual education into the national curriculum for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Botswana.

Regional Expansion: We plan to scale our solution regionally, impacting not only Botswana but also neighboring countries facing similar challenges.

Evidence and Research:

Our theory of change is supported by ongoing engagement with the target population, feedback from families and caregivers, and collaboration with local organizations. We continuously gather data and insights to measure progress and adapt our approach for maximum impact.

 Hapega's solution expects to create a positive impact by providing tailored education, empowering communities, and ensuring resource availability, ultimately leading to reduced vulnerability, enhanced well-being, and broader societal changes that benefit young people with intellectual disabilities in Botswana and potentially beyond.

In which countries do you currently operate?

  • Botswana

In which countries will you be operating within the next year?

  • Botswana
Your Team

What type of organization is your solution team?

Not registered as any organization

How many people work on your solution team?

As of our latest update, Hapega's solution team consists of the following:

Full-time staff: 3 team members, including the Team Lead, a Program Coordinator, and an Educator/Facilitator.
Part-time staff: 2 team members who assist with program delivery and support on a part-time basis.
Contractors and Volunteers: We work with approximately 5 contractors and volunteers who provide specialized expertise in areas such as curriculum development, graphic design, and community outreach.

How long have you been working on your solution?

Hapega's journey began in early 2020. As of the current year, 2023, we have been working on our solution for approximately 3 years. During this time, we have made significant progress in developing and implementing our tailored comprehensive sexuality education programs for young individuals with intellectual disabilities in Botswana.

What is your approach to incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusivity into your work?

Hapega is fully committed to making sure that our work is open and fair to everyone. Here's how we do it:

Diverse Leadership: Our leaders come from different backgrounds to bring different ideas and experiences to our team.

Fair Hiring: When we add new people to our team, we look for folks from different places and backgrounds to make our team more varied.

Respecting Culture: We make sure our programs respect the different traditions and beliefs of the people we help.

Helping Everyone: We make sure our programs are easy for everyone to use, no matter what abilities they have.

Talking with Communities: We talk to the people we help and listen to their ideas. This helps us make our programs better for them.

Equal Access: We work hard to make sure that everyone has the same chances to learn about sexual health, no matter who they are.

Always Learning: We keep trying to learn more about how to be fair and open. This helps us get better at what we do.

Our goal is to make sure everyone has the same chances and is treated with respect, and we always try to get better at this.

Your Business Model & Funding

What is your business model?

Hapega operates with a dual business model that combines nonprofit and grant-based funding to provide value to our primary beneficiaries, young individuals with intellectual disabilities in Botswana. Our primary focus is on creating social impact, and our revenue sources are aligned with our mission:

Products/Services:

Tailored Comprehensive Sexuality Education: We offer specialized sexual and reproductive health education designed for young individuals with intellectual disabilities. This includes developing customized curriculum materials and delivering in-person educational sessions.

Family Forums: We host forums to educate and empower parents, caregivers, and educators, enabling them to better support these young individuals.

Follow-up Care: We maintain a system for ongoing support, providing guidance and access to resources for both young individuals and their families.

Revenue Generation:

Grants and Donations: We actively seek financial support from governmental bodies, foundations, and philanthropic organizations dedicated to education, health, and disability rights. These funds allow us to operate and expand our programs.

Partnerships: We explore collaborative partnerships with local organizations, special education schools, and healthcare providers to co-fund and support specific program initiatives.

Training and Consultation: We offer training and consultation services to organizations and institutions interested in implementing similar tailored sexuality education programs. Fees from these services contribute to sustaining our operations.

Value Proposition:

For Beneficiaries: We provide young individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families the essential knowledge and support needed to make informed decisions about sexual and reproductive health, ultimately improving their well-being and reducing vulnerability.

For Donors and Partners: We offer an opportunity for donors and partners to contribute to a socially impactful cause that aligns with their mission and values. We ensure that their funding is utilized effectively to address a critical need.

Our business model is designed to prioritize social impact and sustainability. The revenue we generate is reinvested into program development, expansion, and maintaining service quality, ensuring that we can continue to provide valuable support to our target population while seeking growth and scalability

Do you primarily provide products or services directly to individuals, to other organizations, or to the government?

Individual consumers or stakeholders (B2C)

What is your plan for becoming financially sustainable?

 Grants and Donations (Current and Work in Progress):

We have successfully secured grants from the Botswana Ministry of Health and local foundations to initiate our programs in special education schools in Gaborone.

Work in Progress: We are actively applying for additional grants from international organizations and philanthropic foundations that focus on education and disability rights. For instance, we have a grant proposal in progress with the Botswana National AIDS Coordinating Agency to expand our sexual education initiatives.

Service Contracts and Partnerships (Work in Progress):

We are in discussions with the Botswana Ministry of Education to explore the possibility of service contracts that involve the integration of our tailored sexuality education programs into the national curriculum for special education schools.

We are also working on forming partnerships with local healthcare providers to offer specialized health services to the young individuals we serve, potentially creating revenue-sharing models that benefit both parties.

Training and Consultation Services (Work in Progress):

We are in the process of developing a training program for educators and caregivers interested in implementing our approach. We plan to charge fees for these training sessions, which will contribute to our sustainability.

 Fundraising and Awareness Campaigns (Current and Work in Progress):

We have conducted successful fundraising campaigns within Botswana, including community events and online crowdfunding efforts.

Work in Progress: We are in the planning stages of launching a major fundraising and awareness campaign that targets both local and international donors and supporters. This campaign will highlight the importance of our work and invite individuals and organizations to contribute to our cause.

Social Enterprise Initiatives (Future Consideration):

While we are currently focused on core program implementation, we are exploring the potential for social enterprise initiatives, such as developing and selling educational materials related to sexual and reproductive health. These initiatives will provide financial sustainability while aligning with our mission.
Our financial sustainability plan for Botswana involves a multi-pronged approach that leverages both local and international resources. It's designed to ensure that we can continue to serve young individuals with intellectual disabilities and their communities effectively, with a focus on long-term impact and sustainability within the Botswana context.


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