Education and Empowerment for Refugee Girls

Jul 9, 2009

A Postcard from A Sanctuary for Empowering Refugee Girls

Kara Wevers is a student who traveled throughout Africa and visited a number of GlobalGiving projects. On March 18th she visited "A Sanctuary for Empowering Refugee Girls" in Kenya. When asked what she would tell her friends about this project, she said: "Incredible: You need to see this!"

Meeting with Phoebe and Osop, two of the staff members at Heshima Kenya, was one of the highlights of my trip to Kenya. These two women were so full of life, commitment, transparency, and love that I was tempted to stay and work with them! Their passion to see healing, growth and maturity for adolescent refugee girls was contagious. They have big dreams for the future of these young women.

I was also able to watch some of their program participants in action, as they were taking language classes. I spoke with a few of these girls, who raved about the presence of Heshima in their lives. One even said that Heshima had saved her life and given her the chance to dream again. I am not exaggerating when I say that Heshima and its committed staff are rescuing hardened and neglected refugee girls from the streets and giving them the chance to have a new and better life.


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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