Education and Empowerment for Refugee Girls

Sep 8, 2011

Girls Leading the Way

“Life in Somalia was so hard for a girl because of education. They believed that you get married and have husbands, you don’t go to school. I believe I am a leader because I don’t have to be old to have my voice heard. It all depends on how much I believe and use my brain.” – Girl’s Empowerment Project participant

Because of your generous support, our Girl’s Empowerment Project participants have engaged in a variety of educational and enriching activities throughout the summer. In addition to the basic education, life-skills discussion, tailoring program and income generating project which are the core components of the Girl’s Empowerment Project, the girls are currently preparing for Cultural Day, where they will celebrate the diverse cultures represented at Heshima Kenya.

A volunteer working with Heshima Kenya in Nairobi reports that “the girls have each created symbols for themselves. We are having them made into fabric stamps, and then making a wall-hanging with all of the symbols.” Girls are also experimenting with using fabric stamps for future products of the Maisha Collective, the income-generating project for graduates of the Girl’s Empowerment Project.

At a time when the refugee crisis in Somalia and Kenya is becoming even more severe, your support of Heshima Kenya’s programs is extremely critical and makes a visible and lasting impact. We thank you for your continued support of our Girl’s Empowerment Project, which is empowering refugee girls and young women to share their voices and become leaders.  



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Heshima Kenya

Chicago, IL, United States

Project Leader

Anne Sweeney

Chicago, IL United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Education and Empowerment for Refugee Girls