Many young women join Safe Spaces tired, burnt out, depressed and angry with life. Many have gone through intense periods of crisis characterized by a breakdown in relationships, problems with our families, betrayals of trust, bitterness and deep hurt by their living conditions. They need a safe space where they can teach themselves how to feel pain and how to talk about what they are going through rather than denying it or seeking comfort in all the wrong places. Nancy shares her story.
My names is Nancy am 21years. In a family of of 9, three girls and six boys, am the first born. We live in maili saba slums. I joined primary school, I did not complete because my parents did not have school fees for me to continue my education. So I dropped in class seven. Later I heard about safe spaces program in my community and I joined because I wanted to change my life and I saw many opportunities in the program for me. I talked to the manager and she was so understanding to all my issues and I felt so happy.Most of my life was idling and hanging out with wrong company what many girls do when they lack education.
Safe spaces brought another kind of lively feeling in my soul and gave me a chance to learn a sport that I had never played or heard of, all I knew was playing football, but I learnt basketball and it was so special to me because it improved my discipline and self-esteem. Now I can also play basketball and am very happy to be in the organization. Apart from basketball, I got opportunity to learn about reproductive health and life skills. I did not believe when I found myself learning computers which I thought I would never learn because of my education background.
Now im a trained automobile mechanic and will complete my studies in 2 years and I believe my life will never be the same again. I thank safe spaces program for making me have worth in my life. I get inspiration from My mentor, she is always there for us any time, any day you need her. My dream is to become the best female automobile mechanic in Kenya and share this skill with other girls in my community.
Without your support,this dream is just a worse nightmare one will never want to dream.I believe we are together in this journey.I see light beyond the tunnel and without you this would not be possible.
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