By Trizah Waiyaki - Operations and Development Director
On October 12, we commemorated the International Day of the Girl with over 300 High School Students that we work with in Kibera - Africa's largest slum, celebrating the girl force that is unscrippted and unstoppable and encouraging the girls to move from dreaming to achieving. With most of the students having gone through our violence prevention program, we use the workshops and storytelling platforms at this event to affirm and apply the lessons learnt.
At the beginning of the program over 50% of the students believe that it's a man's right to have sex with a woman and we have the daunting yet fulfilling task of correcting this notion and teaching them consent. Seeing the boys celebrate and treat the girls with dignity at the International Day of the Girl is a priceless reward. One of them said "We are here to support you. Don't hesitate to let us know if you need any help".
Through your continued giving, we will reach even more High School students and build a movement of a young generation of advocates who will change the narrative in their communities and contribute to ending the cycle of sexual violence!
Aug 16, 2019
Check Out These Resource Cards!
By Nikole Lim - Executive Director
Our resource cards that help survivors get help
In our communities in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa, we pass out these resource cards to teach students how to report incidences of sexual abuse. As these students are empowered by knowing their rights, they often speak out against violence in the community.
Many of these students share their story of abuse that happened to them as a child. Other students advocate for others by referring survivors to Freely in Hope for further support. Freely in Hope receives heartbreaking stories on a daily basis and works with many partners in Kibera to provide resources in health, legal advocacy, and safe housing for survivors.
These resource cards are helping us get the right information to the people who need it most. We're in the process of designing and printing more of these cards in both English and Swahili to reach over 6,000 students this year! Thanks for allowing us to implement our programs to prevent sexual abuse in our communities!
May 20, 2019
By Lydia - Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator
With your support, we've been running a sexual violence prevention curriculum in high schools across Kibera! We call these clubs Eneza Clubs—which means "make it known" in Kiswahili. We hope to make respect known among genders.
One of our student leaders in Eneza Clubs told us today that he is thankful for the knowledge he’s been learning in our clubs. Before, he didn’t realize that he was supporting sexist comments and harmful actions that perpetuate sexual violence. Now, he is strongly against acts that result in sexual or domestic violence in his community. He says that no one else is standing against the rampant violence in Kibera, so he wants to use his knowledge to create awareness about sexual violence. He also said that the experience in Eneza has been helpful because the topic of sexual violence is not in the academic curriculum, yet it is important to learn because affects us all.
From his participation in class, we know that he really wants to make a difference. We are glad to be providing a platform where he can learn and create strategies and approaches that will end violence in his community.