The Safe House: An Enclave of Peace and Hope

Feb 7, 2011


With your investment in our Safe House program, Heshima Kenya was able to provide safe shelter and protection to 70 young women, girls, and their children throughout 2010.  Rather than remaining homeless or living in abusive situations where they are isolated from support, our Safe House is helping to meet their incredible emotional and protection needs and linking them to educational and income-generation opportunities through our other programs.  We are very excited to report that in December we also moved our Safe House to a larger space where we now have the capacity to shelter more girls and young women.  The new site allows space for studying, gardening, and engaging in recreational activities.

Our most recent arrival is Sara, a 14-year-old Congolese girl who is 7 months pregnant.  Sara and her 11 year old brother managed to flee Congo after her parents and sister were killed. On the way, Sara was raped.  A business women from Kenya provided shelter once they reached Nairobi, but after finding out Sara was pregnant, the woman kicked her out of her home.  In the process of reaching out to other people for help, Sara lost her brother.  An organization referred Sara to Heshima Kenya’s Safe House where she is now regaining her health and preparing for the arrival of her baby.  The other girls, especially those with babies of their own, are helping Sara feel comfortable and safe.  Most importantly, they reassuring her that everything is going to be okay.

Every day, we meet girls and young women who share stories similar to Saras. In December 2010 alone, 8,000 Somali refugees fled to Kenya, and even more are being displaced to Nairobi from Congo.  Rather than having these girls and women remain invisible, your life-saving support is helping them receive the protection and tools to rebuild their lives.   

Thank you so much for your incredible support and investing in such a critical program!



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Heshima Kenya

Chicago, IL, United States

Project Leader

Anne Sweeney

Chicago, IL United States

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