The Safe House: An Enclave of Peace and Hope

May 19, 2011

Rebuilding and Reuniting

Thanks to your generous support, Heshima Kenya continues to offer safety and shelter to vulnerable refugee children and youth in Nairobi, Kenya. In March 2011, 35 refugee women, girls, and their children received protection and care through the Safe House program, which provides residents with counseling, medical care, and education through Heshima Kenya’s Girl’s Empowerment Project.

In April, the Safe House welcomed Asho, a 16-year-old Somali girl. Asho was referred to Heshima Kenya because was unsafe in her living situation, where she had been abused and threatened by her host. After speaking with a case worker, Asho was enrolled in Heshima Kenya’s Safe House program, where she is now safe and happy.

The Safe House also saw a departure in April, when a resident named May was reunited with her elder sister. May was pregnant when she arrived at the Safe House, and during her stay gave birth to her son, David. May was initially anxious about leaving the Safe House, due to the high level of emotional and physical trauma she had faced in the past. But after receiving counseling from UNHCR and Heshima Kenya’s counseling staff, May and David exited the Safe House program and were reunited with May’s sister.

Your investment in the Safe House allows Heshima Kenya to continue to care for girls like Asho and May, giving them the tools they need to be self-sufficient and confident once they are ready to exit the program. Thank you for your incredible support!


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Heshima Kenya

Chicago, IL, United States

Project Leader

Anne Sweeney

Chicago, IL United States

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Map of The Safe House: An Enclave of Peace and Hope