By Trizah Waiyaki - Operations & Development Director
Even in this new year, the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging and negatively impacting many people's lives. One of its devastating effects has been isolation which continues to increase all manner of disparities. We have not been able to meet physically for our programs which has a posed a huge challenge for the communities we serve.
The Malkia ladies (young women working in prostitution) have not had their in-person economic empowerment training during this pandemic. Yet we have realized that though we are apart, we can still be connected. We have strengthened our communication and follow up systems, making frequent phone calls, socially distanced home visits where necessary and supplying these women with food baskets from time to time. This has provided a sense of community for them and helped keep hope alive that better days are yet to come.
We are grateful that we can still provide a safe and supportive presence for this community of young women in the midst of such difficult times. We appreciate every donation from our community of donors as their giving has helped keep hope alive for our community.
Dec 31, 2020
We accomplished so much this year!
By Lydia Matioli - Program Manager
Though we were unable to visit our partnering high schools this year to teach our sexual violence prevention curriculum, we found other innovative ways to spread our message! We distributed over 2,000 sexual violence prevention resource cards to our communities, we promoted resources for survivors and advocates on our social media platforms, and we held a poetry competition to celebrate the International Day of the Girl!
Through this virtual competition, we were able to engage with our high school students and empowered them with a platform to share their voices and ideas on ending sexual violence. We had over 44 submissions from 9 counties across Kenya with brilliant poetry, compelling dances, and inspiring skits that shared their solution to ending sexual violence in the community. The winners received cash prizes and a care package with essentials donated by P&G. Check out the winners here!
By Trizah Waiyaki - Operations and Development Director
With schools remaining closed in Kenya due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many girls are still exposed to abuse and reabuse as they spend extended periods of time in close proximity to their known or potential abusers. Many have also been co-opted into unsafe work in order to help cater for their families' needs.
At Freely in Hope, we are breaking the cycle of abuse by ensuring that our scholars are not in the same environment as their abusers. All our scholars are sheltering together in a safe house where they also have access to individualized tutoring, counseling and leadership development. This extra personalized support has seen most of their grades improve tremendously.
We are grateful for the support of our donors whose generosity has allowed our girls to continue pursuing academic excellence in a safe space even during this pandemic. We are confident that the continued pursuit of their dreams will contribute to building a violence free world!