Kenya’s economy is slowly regaining normalcy. Majority of closed businesses are back in operation, cessation of movement has been lifted and schools were reopened in January, however people living below the poverty line are still feeling the effects of the pandemic. Most of their businesses are unregistered hence it is difficult to access loans from financial institutions. Some survivors lost their jobs and are still struggling to find new jobs.
Beneficiaries in our project are still struggling to meet their basic needs. However, the numbers have reduced compared to the previous three months. In this period, November had the highest number of needy cases,51, while December and January had 47. The most sought after need is therapy, food, business startup and medical aid.
From November 2020 to January 2021, HAART has managed to startup businesses for 24 survivors. The businesses are to help survivors afford basic needs for their families. HAART offers grants and knowledge to survivors for them to run a successful business. 24 survivors that need food provision were also assisted with basic food supplies to help them get by. There were also 10 survivors that required assistance to pay rent. Additionally, we managed to assist 22 survivors of medical need and offered 34 therapy sessions for those in need of psychosocial support. In January, we were able to support 2 victims in taking their children back to school. Furthermore, some survivors required that we facilitate transportation, we were able to assist 21 survivors in need of transport.
The above mentioned assistance has had a great impact on the lives of our beneficiaries, as the majority of them were depending on well-wishers like you to be able to meet their everyday basic needs. With these donations, families have been able to have food on their tables, a roof over their head and seek medical help when in need and eventually, they have learned better coping mechanisms through therapy sessions.
Directly or indirectly the support has reduced the risks of trafficking and re trafficking.
Feb 25, 2021
Giving Hope To the Girl Child.
By Christine Macharia - Shelter Manager
The HAART shelter is yet to reopen, however 3 girls who could not be reintegrated due to various reasons, and were referred to other organizations for shelter services. HAART has continued to cater for their other needs while at the various shelters. The girls have been offered a continuum of services which include Legal aid, psychosocial, medical, and educational support.
The Shelter team has been doing both in person and phone call follow-ups to the girls, and concurrently reviewing their individual care plans to ensure that all their needs are well taken care of to facilitate a holistic recovery from their traumatic experiences.
On 12th October 2020 schools were re-opened after seven months closure due to COVID-19. Girls who were reintegrated and those in the various shelters went back to school for 8 weeks before going on Christmas break. One of our girls was transferred to a new school, in an effort to support and encourage her to perform better academically. We are glad to report, that she is settled and very happy in her new school now.
One more girl is being supported through vocational Skills training at another shelter. She aims to become a hairdresser and we were able to procure for her all the learning materials, to support her in reaching her goal. While the third girl wants to pursue catering in May 2021.
The HAART shelter team, is eagerly working towards re-opening of the Shelter. The registration process with the Kenyan authorities is close to finalisation. So that we can bring our girls home to our new shelter. The HAART team is anticipating on installing more solar water heating panels with the aim of ensuring that the girls have sufficient hot water supply even when the shelter population is at full capacity.
We are looking forward to the re-opening of the shelter, in the serene environment to enhance the holistic healing process of the girls.
Thank you for your continued support.
Feb 12, 2021
We Made it Through 2020
By Christine Macharia - Shelter Manager
The last quarter of 2020 was very tough for our work as well as for Kenya as a whole. The second wave of COVID-19 hit East Africa and Kenya was not spared. Kenyan healthcare system is not able to handle the rapid surge of new cases of COVID 19. The country was affected negatively in al aspects but particularly socially and economically.
This brought about serious impact on our work and on the health of our clients i.e., both physically and mentally. HAART Kenya has been following the government regulations to curb the spread of the coronavirus. HAART has therefore developed an internal COVID-19 protocol that was shared to all the staff members for them to follow and adhere to. COVID-19 has shifted HAART’s engagement activities with stakeholders, partners, community members and the staff from physical meetings to online engagements.
Notwithstanding the challenges that were unanticipated due to Covid-19 pandemic HAART Kenya adapted to new ways of offering their services to the community and clients.
During this time HAART Kenya reopened 160 closed cases of survivors of human trafficking after they reached out in distress and were supported with basic needs and rent. Out of the 160 HAART went ahead to economically empower 18 survivors to start up small businesses thus enhancing economic independence of the survivors.
HAART continued to offer teletherapy to victims of trafficking through a team of dedicated psychotherapists.
Schools were reopened on the 12th of October 2020 after seven months break due to Covid-19. A continuum education support was offered to 6 girls who were reintegrated shelter cases. The six girls were in boarding schools both primary and secondary schools i.e., 3 girls in primary and 3 in secondary schools respectively.
HAART Kenya is optimistic on re-opening the Shelter by End of March 2021. This will help bridge the gap on shelters and offer comprehensive, trauma informed care to girl victims of trafficking of ages 6- 18 years.
Your support through 2020 and January 2021 has gone a long way in impacting the lives of our victims and survivors