"My name is Janet, Im 14 years Old.I live in Mathare slums. I fell into a group of girls who introduced me to sex work with older men in order to get food and nice clothes as my family is so poor. I was not able to attend school. We help each other make contacts and find clients. Most nights i spent with clients. There are gangs in our area who often Gang rape us and harass us. We get into fights with other girls over clients and other clients beat us after the service and dont pay us. When i go to the police, they become as violent as the gangs and sometimes beat us and I kind of feel it is better to keep quiet as a girl no one takes care of you or respects you in the society".
I joined safe spaces 3 months ago and after councelling, I decided to stop this sex work. I'm glad to be learning Auto mechanics and i hope for a better life in future.Im rebulding my self esteem and trying to cope with others as i didnt go to school and i dont feel as smart as those around me. I feel that i have wasted my body and I feel older than my age mates.
"I know this will be over some day as im now in a positive environment.I play basketball and i feel so happy and good.it keeps me away from sad memories of my past.I could not have found this space if it were not for your support.
I thank safe spaces for rescuing me from that dark life"
"Iam a woman and as a woman I am vulnerable to acts of violence because i live in a violent and misogynist world and i am percieved as vulnerable. I am often physically smaller and i am not taught at home emotional,sexual, and physicall skills to prevent or deal with any acts of violence or unfairness in this world.As a woman I may find it difficult to defend myself because i have been conditioned not to trust myself,that im not capable of taking couragious action by myself and i need to be look for someone to protect me.I have been taught that i am not physically strong or capable of fighting back on men grievances and any attempt to do so will be laughed at and bring more ridicule to me.I have been taught that im not valuable except bringing dowry and therefore i am not worth fighting for and if something bad happens to me it is because i invited it,asked for it,was too stupid to prevent it,should have expected it and overall deserved it.I need education,i need mentors,i need more women coming together to build my inner power so that i can fight back"
As the new year starts,support safe spaces girls to build the power to fight this war.Its everywhere not only in our place.
33 girls need support with school fees,school materials and school transport to complete their High school education and continue pursuing their dreams.They can only start fighting back if they have the right skills.If me and you join hand together to change their lives.Be part of the change you want to see in the world.
LETS MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Happy new year
Education is key to life yet alot of girls in the third world countries never live to see this dream come true due to cultural norms that demean the girl child and other factors like pverty that confine a girl to a never ending misery without education.
Your support has enabled safe spaces provide this life changing opportunity to the girl child in our community.Since 2011 more than 100 girls have been able to complete their High school,3 girls have joined University,3 girls have been employed by cooporates through basketball combined with computer literacy skills.15 girls have gotten basketball scholarships to pursue further education and together with you,more girls will live to see their education dreams come true.More Fathers are willing to take their girls to school as opposed to selling them for cows as through sensitization, they have realized that investing in girls education,is investing for development.This would not have happened if it was not for your support.
As 2013 comes to a near end,we hope this is not the end of our friendship,We long to see you again,we long to continue working together for this noble course,we hope that you wont get tired of listening to our requests for your help and we promise to make the best of your donation to make others live their dreams,change their lives and their lives become more meaningful and worthy of living.Thank you so much and we love you.
Have a blessed christmas and an abundant new year!
"My dad abandoned us in the rural areas 7girls and 1 boy.My mum was a housewife.She was married at 14 years.We stayed almost 2years without hearing from him.We all dropped out of school and life was unbearable.My mum resulted working as house help to find food for us.My dream was to become a teacher.Now that the breadwinner had disappeared my dream became shattered.I decided to Travel to Nairobi to look for my dad.Luckily i found him but with another wife.I pleaded with him to take me back to school but my step mum was so difficult.I was treated like the house help for 6 months as i waited for a chance to go back to school.It never happened,i became desperate and eventually lost hope with life.My plan was to commit suicide. I went to church to say my last prayers and noticed some girls playing basketball in the church court.I was a footballer.This caught my attention and i waited till they finished training.I approached one of them,a voice in me told me to share my problems and that's how i got saved.I joined safe spaces and was taken to school,i repeated because i had wasted almost an year.I was also rescued and taken to a safe house.My dream rekindled.I was trained as a peer educator,basketball coach and mentor to the other girls.One year later,i got a basketball scholarship to a boarding school.From the leadership skills i had learnt in safe spaces,i rose to position of Head girl in 3 months. Now im a high school graduate and joining University in early 2014.I really want to become a professional teacher and im just in the right track.I sincerely thank the people who have made this possible,People who support Safe Spaces,God bless you,I don't know if i would have lived to see this day,but you and me made it happen."
We need each other in this life,together we can walk far.Thank you for your support,you make the impossible become possible.
My name is Lilian,every day after school,i have to help my mother sell fish by the road side.we sell fish till 9pm at night to help bring food to the table.im 13 years old and almost sitting for my final exams next year.i know at this time i should be reading and it is also risky for us to be outside at that time.But life in the slums is hard and we have to support each other.We are nine in our family and our dad ran away from home.Safe Spaces supports me with transport to go to school and also get school supplies.This has made my school life abit easier as i am not sent home every now and then.my grades have improved and now im seeing myself becoming a doctor i have always dreamt of.
Two years ago it was so hard for me to go to school on time and i never attended classes during my monthly periods as did not have sanitary towels,now i receive them every month from Safe Spaces and im able to remain in school.
Safe spaces would not be able to support me without your help.I pray for you every day and you are always in my heart.
Thank you so much and please dont leave us alone,we need each other.
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