Safe Spaces for 650 Girls in the Slums of Kenya

Aug 21, 2013

Opportunities That Saved My Life

girls in league matches
girls in league matches

"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."

Dorcas 18yrs.

We need each other in this life,together we can walk far.Thank you for your support,you make the impossible become possible.

lifeskill session
lifeskill session
happy to receive sanitary pads
happy to receive sanitary pads

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Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya

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