The Safe House: An Enclave of Peace and Hope

Oct 7, 2010

Hellos and Goodbyes

Residents in the Safe House backyard
Residents in the Safe House backyard

We are excited to report that since August, four young women have successfully transitioned out of our Safe House Program into independent living situations.  These young mothers, who are members of the Maisha Collective and do not face personal and targeted issues of insecurity, started earning a salary and wanted to try to live independently in community. Their successful relocation has encouraged other residents to start thinking of our Safe House Program as a more temporary situation in their journeys.  

Many of the girls have suffered trauma, arrive with newborns, and are continuously adjusting to their new situations. Heshima Kenya staff continue to monitor and evaluate our programs to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for all Safe House residents. Some new arrivals include 13-year-old Amina from Somalia, and 17-year-old Hope from Sudan. Amina is a new mother who was attacked when she fled Somalia to Kenya.  Hope was kidnapped in Sudan and escaped the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda to Kakuma Camp. She fled to Nairobi to escape a forced marriage and is now living in our Safe House Program.

We would like to say that these situations are unusual, but we all know they are not. Heshima Kenya’s Safe House is recognized as the safest shelter in Nairobi for refugee girls. There is a waiting list for entry and these urgent referrals come often. Our success, though welcome, has strained our resources and limited the number of girls and young women we can serve. 

That is why we need your help. It costs $500 a month and $16 a day to keep a girl in our Safe House, which includes 24-hour counselors, social workers, therapists, security guards, and medical care. All of the young women in our program have displayed progress, courage and strength in the last few months, thanks to your continued support.

Help us make more girls safe. Please make a gift today!


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Heshima Kenya

Chicago, IL, United States

Project Leader

Anne Sweeney

Chicago, IL United States

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