January was a busy month of getting our scholars back to school in Kenya and Zambia. We are most excited to announce that our new girls in Zambia are at their new school! Look at how adorable they are and how excited they are to start school! They come from an area called Kalingalinga, a community with high rates of gang violence and sexual violence.
We are so grateful for your support in allowing the dreams of these girls to finally come true!
Fun Fact: The girls are showing off their socks which denotes what grade they're in. The yellow band means that they're in 8th or 9th grade, and the white band means that they're in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.
Jan 13, 2020
Impacting the Community!
By Trizah Waiyaki - Operations and Development Director
A magical moment happened when we were on our way to one of the schools for a session. When signing up at the gate, there was a woman seated with the guard. She boldly asked,’are you the team that teaches students about violence?’. We were all surprised and wondered how she knew about us and so I went ahead and said yes we are, hoping we had not gotten into any kind of trouble.
She stood up, walked towards us and shook our hands and said she is aware of the work that we are doing in the classroom. Her daughter who is part of our Violence Prevention Club usually shares with her what we’ve been teaching them especially on the importance of consent and being socially aware of our environment so as to prevent violence. She congratulated us and encouraged us to keep doing what we do in those classrooms because we are helping the parents raise respectful and responsible men and women.
We were filled with joy and gratitude knowing that our work, through your generous giving was actually meeting its purpose of not only impacting the students but also their parents and the community at large.
Nov 13, 2019
By Nikole Lim - Executive Director
"I have been raped before and I had not spoken about it, ever! Freely in Hope is important because it has helped me share my story. I have learned to be open and that I don't have to be afraid to speak up—especially when it comes to matters of abuse." Sherry*, 16
Sherry is one of our youngest scholars studying with Freely in Hope. She was identified through our Malkia program which empowers women in prostitution to achieve their vocational dreams. Instead of working in prostitution, Sherry wanted to go back to school so that she could choose her own career. With your support, you have helped make her dream become possible! Sherry is now in her second year of high school with Freely in Hope and her dreams continue to grow.
As the year is coming to a close, we wanted to thank you for supporting the dreams of our high school scholars! Learning in a safe, secure, and supportive environment greatly contributes to their academic and professional success. Thank you for being a part of their journey!