Today only, Microsoft YouthSpark is partnering with our project! All eligible donations will be matched up to $1,000 per donor per organization during this campaign as we gear up for International Day of the Girl!
In 2011, the UN declared October 11 to be the International Day of the Girl, focusing on supporting girls around the world living in violence, oppression and poverty. The UN is calling for governments and non-governmental organizations alike to move beyond awareness-raising by providing the support necessary to truly empower the girl child and end all forms of violence.
Freely in Hope has been doing just that—in providing holistic educational opportunities for high school and university students, we have been able to prevent sexual abuse and re-abuse, to provide counseling and health care for students who have undergone sexual violence, and to empower once vulnerable young women into dynamic leaders who are impacting their communities with their stories of transformation.
In celebration of the International Day of the Girl, Freely in Hope is hosting its second International Day of the Girl Summit for students, survivors, and practitioners on October 17 in Nairobi. This IDG Summit will focus on healing the wounds of trauma for people with emotional or psychological injuries caused by war, domestic violence, sexual abuse and other traumatic events.
Check out highlights from last year's International Day of the Girl Summit!!
The IDG Summit will be led by Freely in Hope scholars who will use their own stories to facilitate a safe space for survivors and practitioners to heal and learn together.
Just $50 will sponsor one student to attend our IDG Summit—be a part of International Day of the Girl by providing hope and healing for a student in Nairobi!
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!