Breaking the cycle of gender violence

 
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Dear friends,

GEMINI has always tried to keep you informed of how your donations are being spent. Every step of the way! The aim is to make you own part of the process and feel actively involved in empowering poor communities.

We thank all of you for your continued support.

After the post-election violence in Kenya, a lot of women/girls were, unfortunately, sexually abused. Most continue to languish in camps, with little medical and psychological support.

With your donations, we responded to the crisis. Now that its over, we need to reach out to all the survivors of sexual violence with confidential, free HIV testing.

We are carrying out a Special Appeal that seeks to mobilize funds to set up a specialized VCT center that will provide women/girls with these services.

But we need you help.

We are kindly requesting you to read the attached newsletter that provides some background information on this very important project.

And we are also requesting you to act and make a donation to any of GEMINI projects to enable us accomplish our goal.

Thanks so much and please, remember, any donation will be highly appreciate.


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We are always glad when we receive feedback from you.

Someone has just pointed to us that we did not provide the figures to go with the update.

Please find attached a summarized version of GEMINI activities for Jan, Feb and March.

Sorry for the oversight!!!

And thanks for your comments!!


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As I write, thousands of intrnally displaced persons are (un)willingly trooping back to their former homes after spending four months in the camps.

As I watched a military truck prepare to take some of the families home, I overheard one woman say: "We spent New Year in the cold; we celebrated Women's Day in the Camps...now are we going to celebrate Mother's Day in our graves?"

Her sentiments echo those of hundreds of women, most still believing that life cannot be the same again.

Yet thousands more are optimistic, rejuvenated and raring to start their lives again.

"I'm now set to start planting...I just hope I'm not late for the season," says Muthoni as she hurdles her three children.

With your help, GEMINI was able to touch the lives of hundreds of desperate women/girls during the post-election crisis in Kenya.

We have prepared a brief report just for you. Without you, we would not have restored the smile in the faces of women/girls in IDP camps.

And as they prepare to restart living once again, we hope that you will still extend your support to us...and in extension, to the hundreds of poor women who need to recapture their lives.

God bless you all and we still need more of your support.

As the post-election violence spread throughout the country, GEMINI's grassroots volunteers were activated to assess the situation on the ground.

We received reports of women and girls being sexually abused by enraged men. Hundreds of survivors stumbled to health centers for emergency medication.

Using our networks, we were able to reach over 245 abused women with Emergency Contraceptives, STD Prophylaxis, pregnancy tests, Urinalysis and HIV testing.

We also recruited more counselors to provide emotional and trauma counseling. With tears flowing and nursing battered spirits, most of the survivors said they had forgiven their assailants.

We will continue to provide Continous Medical Assessment and examination as well as provide psychosocial support and spiritual healing.

Without the GlobalGiving donation that came in handy, we shudder to think what could have happened to all the hapless survivors.

Thank You so much!! We still have a long way to go and your esteemed support is always welcome!!

A new report on Women Rights highly recommends GEMINI's approach to reducing family violence.

"Deadly Silence", a report written by Center for Human Rights & Democracy (CHRD) applauds our all-inclusive strategies, stating that "respect for women rights are central to any form of development."

CHRD's Director, Ken Wanjala, told local media that the fight for women rights would only be won if men were included as partners and not aggressors.

He extensively cited GEMINI's multi-pronged approach, saying empowering women was a vital step in bridging the inequality gap.

"GEMINI has proved that men can become strong pillars in advocating for women rights," he said during the launch of the report.

Over the past two months, GEMINI has been instrumental in bringing together local leaders, men and potential women leaders in dialogue. In November, we are planning for 4 more workshops where more women will be equipped with leadership skills.

A recent review of participants indicate that an increasing number of men, 34% up from 27% are willing to take an active role in ending domestic violence.

The Report will be used as a benchmark in evaluating increased democratic space in Kenya during this year's General Elections.

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Organization

Grassroots Empowerment Initiative (GEMINI)

ELDORET, RIFT VALLEY PROVINCE, Kenya

Project Leader

Stella Amojong

Program Coordinator
ELDORET, RIFT VALLEY, Kenya

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