Oct 28, 2020

Let Us Have a Future

The first case of Covid-19 was recorded in Kenya on 12th March 2020. The government response was swift with advice of suspension of public gathering immediately as well as including measures towards social distancing. In addition, the government imposed police curfew as well as locked some cities and towns and even some areas within cities (e.g. Eastleigh in Nairobi). Most of the survivors of trafficking in our program depend on small businesses for their livelihood. However, due to the partial lock down in Kenya, their businesses were greatly impacted because they could not operate. A heavy burden was thus left on these survivors to provide for their families; with businesses closed and their school going children being home due to the lock down. There is a risk of re-trafficking both during and after the Covid-19 pandemic as families are desperate looking for opportunities to avoid eviction from their homes, avoid hunger and pay for education for children.


This project aimed to offer temporary financial support to survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery in Kenya. The project sought to support 100 survivors and their families for five months in order to preserve their livelihoods. Through this campaign HAART was able to raise USD 44,583 (from both GlobalGiving and other platforms.


HAART continues to offer basic cash support for basic supplies such as rent, food and necessary items such as soap for the victims to be able to get through the current crisis. HAART managed to offer support to one hundred and sixty (160) survivors with basic needs services. Our support extended abroad to a group of 11 Kenyan women stuck in Saudi Arabia. We referred the cases to an external organization that will be assisting in their repatriation once the travel ban is lifted. In the meantime, we are providing them and their families with basic needs. We are also offering support to 1 victim in Iraq, 4 victims in India, 3 Nepalese,, 3 in Uganda, 1 in Tanzania, and 1 victim in Thailand- a mother with a young baby. With assistance from a partner organization, a survivor from Bahrain was repatriated back to Kenya. The three Nepalese survivors had been under the care of HAART and were repatriated back to their country last year. The three reached out to us due to the difficulties brought about by the pandemic.
In this season, HAART partnered with a local supermarket to provide a care package containing food and basic necessities for the survivors. We are also supplementing this with an amount to cater for perishables that need to be purchased on a daily basis. For survivors overseas, we offer food support by sending them about USD 50- 70. We have supported survivors living in different parts of the country and abroad with rent. We were also able to get temporary shelter for two adults before settling them back into the community. We had a survivor in India who had been locked out of her house due to rent arrears. All her belongings had been locked in and her passport was needed by a partner organization assisting with repatriation. HAART was able to settle her rent arrears and she was able to access her passport and finally move back to her house.

There has been a steady increase in the need for psychosocial support for survivors during the pandemic. HAART offered therapy through the telephone and online platforms to survivors. We ensured that survivors had airtime of USD 20- 30 for every session. The main reason survivors wanted therapy was due to elevated levels of stress and anxiety. HAART hired an additional therapist to assist with the high number of survivors in need of therapy.

We also supported victims with medical aid. The cost of medical care can be quite high, we had survivors enrolled into the National Health Insurance Fund. We walked with survivors through various medical challenges such as stomach ulcers, severe depression, dental care just to mention a few. We also enrolled our expectant survivors into the Linda Mama program. However, we had a Burundian survivor who could not fit into any of the local medical care programs and HAART facilitated her maternal care. She delivered a healthy baby girl.

Your donations have gone a long way and your continued support help touch the heart of a human trafficking survivor.

Aug 17, 2020

HAART PROGRESS REPORT 2020

Dear Donors,

We are excited to be writing to you because, despite the many challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, with your, support we have managed to make significant strides towards supporting survivors of human trafficking. 

We finally have a new shelter! The HAART Shelter was closed in October 2019 due to serious incidents encountered with the landlady which threatened the victims’ safety, security, and privacy. We have been working on setting up the new shelter that was donated to us. It is located in the safe environs of Karen, Nairobi on spacious grounds for the girls to play and carry out various activities. In this period, we have been focussing on renovating the buildings so that they are child friendly and meet the needs of the shelter in general. We have managed to expand some sleeping rooms to accommodate more girls and converted other rooms to accommodate other activities such as therapy room, computer room, an administrative office, and a multipurpose room (board meetings, training, etc). We have also been doing an audit of shelter items and have a comprehensive list of items that need repair vs those that need replacing. We have recently hired a new shelter manager who is handling the processes necessary for reopening. 

We have been reviewing our policies and procedures and updating them accordingly to meet global standards. We are now working towards having a fully functional shelter, the decision to finally have survivors inhabit the place will be guided by how the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled in the country. 

We had a case of a 17-year-old girl whose father had planned to marry her off. The rescue was done the day before the ceremony by the area children's officer who referred the case to HAART Kenya. The girl was placed under the HAART guardianship program for a month being that our shelter was closed and external shelters were not admitting new children due to the pandemic. We were eventually able to place her in a safe shelter that agreed to take her in. The shelter is providing for food and accommodation while HAART Kenya is taking care of her psychosocial needs, purchasing of personal effects and medical support

HAART has 13 girls as beneficiaries of educational support. As reported in the previous report, it was in the pipeline to source for new schools after the complaint raised from the other institution. We had been in the process of sourcing for other schools for them when the schools were closed. The report from the Ministry of education is that schools will most likely reopen in January 2021, we will embark on this once schools reopen. We have been following up with guardians on the progress of the children, the lack of smart devices, internet connectivity has hindered learning for many girls. Additionally, we have seen instances where the children end up focussing on household chores as opposed to studying and have advised the guardians to try and balance this. We have continued to offer support services to the survivors and their families in their homes. 

Highlights

  • A new shelter was donated to HAART Kenya, we have moved all the items from the store into the new shelter
  • The building has been renovated, the sleeping rooms have also been renovated to accommodate more girls
  • 1 victim kept under a guardianship program then transferred to a foster care home.
  • School fees for the year had been paid for 9 children for one term and 4 children for one yearsurvivors who are receiving educational support

 

Our goals in the coming months are to:

  • Reviewing our policies and procedures and updating them accordingly so that our shelter meets global standards.
  • Sourcing for funds to repair and purchase the new shelter items that are necessary for re-opening

Again, all this would not have been possible without your continued support. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of survivors of human trafficking. 

Apr 21, 2020

Progress report for HAART Kenya Shelter

Dear Donors,

We are always honoured to write to you and keep you in the loop of how we are doing here at HAART Kenya. Our hearts are full of gratitude due to your continued support by playing a sufficiently great role in the course to eradicate human trafficking.

As communicated in the last report, HAART temporarily closed down its shelter due to insufficient funding and security concerns. We, therefore, reintegrated most of the girls and referred two  (2) girls to partner shelters. We continue to manage the girls’ cases by meeting their pending needs. HAART still has twelve (12) girls as beneficiaries of educational support, eight (8) of them being direct beneficiaries who were living in the HAART shelter before reintegration or referral and four (4) indirect beneficiaries. 

We are currently working on building the capacity of one of the schools we partner with so that they can meet the required student-teacher ratio. Additionally, for the reintegrated girls, we are looking to transfer them to public schools near their homes so that the guardians can easily monitor their schooling. 

Due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, schools have been closed indefinitely and therefore the girls are currently in the respective homes where they were re-integrated or referred. Staff are also working from home by conducting phone call follow-ups, online screening, needs assessments, case planning and online therapy for survivors is ongoing. Businesses set up for survivors in the previous months have been adversely affected and thus will require support to get them stable again. Hearings for court cases have also been postponed until further notice.

Highlights

  • 12 beneficiaries reported to school and were facilitated with school fees.
  • 9 victims were supported with transport to their various schools
  • We are very close to opening the new shelter. We have identified a venue
  • Parents of 4 victims are now economically empowered and took up the role of doing school shopping for their children
  • Two victims have received emergency shelter support due to the security nature of their cases
  • 1 victim receiving monthly medication
  • 2 victims receiving rent support and a monthly sustenance
  • 4 victims receiving psychosocial support

 

Our goals in the coming months are to:

  • Set up a new shelter
  • Support survivors stabilize their businesses
  • Enrol the eight girls to new schools
 
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