Five years ago, Freely in Hope started with a toothbrush, $500 scholarship, and the story of Eunice—at 18 she had dreams of going to college, but being a woman, she was expected to sell donuts on the side of the road to earn a living for the family. So she pursued this dream alone, and on her way from the rural village to the Universities in Nairobi she was raped and became pregnant. She was kicked out of her parents house, accused of being a promiscuous slut and she nearly had an abortion when God stopped her saying, “This baby is going to be a blessing to you.” She raised her baby in the slums, washed peoples laundry, cleaned houses and somehow saved her pennies to enroll herself at Kenya Polytechnic University. She had defied all odds and only needed $500 to take the final exams of her first semester.
Compelled by her story, we sent her the $500 and after she took her final exams, she rose to the top of her class. Through Eunice’s story, we understood what it meant to hope—to embody and to be hope.
Now, five years later, Eunice will graduate with her BA in Counsleing Psychology from a prestigious university in Nairobi. Your support has ensured that she achieves her audacious dreams and we are so grateful for you!
Today, you can leverage your giving to continue supporting the audacious dreams of survivors of sexual violence. On September 16, starting at 9:00 am EDT, GlobalGiving will be matching online donations at 30% until the $70,000 in matching runs out or until 23:59:59 EDT.
Be hope with us by being a part of these audacious dreams.
Five years ago, it all started with a documentary film, a toothbrush and a $500 scholarship. We never would have imagined that being inspired by one woman’s dream would bring us here today—seeing lives restored through holistic educational opportunities, fighting against sexual violence, sharing our stories of healing and transformation, and seeing dreams come to life.
We have made it this far because of your continued support of our programs.
To celebrate, Freely in Hope is hosting its 5th Anniversay Gala in San Francisco on August 22! We hope to see you there!
Clair, our scholar studying Mass Communications at a prestigious university in Nairobi wanted me to share this message with you: "We are so happy and we thank God for the life of each and every person who has participated in making our dreams a success. We as beneficiaries couldn't have made it this far if it wasn't for you, thank you!"
Continue to make these dreams a success by donating to Freely in Hope today!
Many of you have reached out to us after the massacre at Garissa University College that happened on April 2. We are grateful for your care and your concern. We are also immensely grateful that all of our scholars are safe. We stand in solidarity with the families and friends of the 147 that have been martyred—they are not just a number, they are one of us.
They were students—striving to better the world through their education, like we are.
Despite the unsettling incidents of violence in Kenya, our scholars have shown incredible resilience. Since the year began, we have placed 5 new high schoolers into communities where they are thriving. Our university scholars are also settling into their new universities studying in programs from law, medical labratory, mass communications and gender development studies!
Yesterday, our staff held a gathering with our scholars to debrief on Kenya's recent attacks. Osikol, our law student shared, "I am not giving up. Nothing is going to distract me from my goal. I am taking the lead and I am aiming to be the top of my class by the end of the semester. I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to study in law—this is my hope for a better Kenya."
Our hope is that Osikol and our other scholars will be that hope for their community, their country and the world.
Freely in Hope is incredibly grateful that you are standing together with us in partnership with these dreams!
Since the massacre, Al-Shabaab has continued to threaten Christian high schools, colleges, churches and hospitals across Kenya. Many of the targets that Al-Shabaab has threatened are places where our scholars live, worship and go to school. Thank you for your prayers, concern and love for our Freely in Hope community.
In moments like these, it is hope that keeps us strong.
Thank you for your continued support!