The Girls' Empowerment Project is an oasis of peace and hope where adolescent refugee girls regain their health, join a community of support, and gain life-long tools leading them to self-sufficiency
Unaccompanied adolescent girls ages 13-19 in forced displacement, especially in urban areas such as Nairobi, are at particular risk of neglect, exploitation and abuse. Without guardians to protect them and an absence of fundamental services, such as health care and education, a desperate need exists to provide them with effective tools that protect them from rape, forced marriage, prostitution, discrimination, at-risk pregnancies, slavery and HIV/AIDS.
In addition receiving case management services, participants engage in a series of four holistic program components: basic education, life skills training, job skills training and income generation, leading to self-sufficiency and protection.
Creates opportunities for girls to become confident and self-sufficient community leaders. Their participation creates a shift in poverty toward a life of rebuilding and belonging.
"Now I have the confidence to talk about things. I am thinking about how I am going to become a journalist to use my voice so that other women can be heard." - Fatuma, 18 years old, from Somalia, Refugee Mother
Total Funding Received to Date: $39,178
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $10,822
Total Funding Goal: $50,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).