SAFE SPACES ORGANIZATION AFRICA

Providing a safe space for young girls and young women to envision and pursue the future they want for themselves and their communities through life-skills and reproductive health training and awareness, Arts and Sports, professional development and scholarship program me.
Aug 28, 2015

Shaping My Future

Agnes
Agnes

I was married at 15 years after my parents died in an accident.Am the first born in a family of 3 siblings.My 2 brothers were gunned down by police as they became armed robbers and my younger brother is 10 years old and i lived with him and my 5 year old daughter in Mathare slums.

I became a victim of gender based violence as my husband was a drug addict and i had bruises and marks in my body and swollen face most of the days.We starved and lost hope in life and my younger brother opted to go into the streets.At 18 years,i had already tested a bitter life and had nothing in life to look up to.I could not get out of the house because i looked terrible from the beatings.My problems led to desperation and i was contemplating to commit suicide together with my daughter.

I met Safe spaces in a community Gender based violence forum 3 years ago.I felt like my hopes were rekindled after the Forum.I visited their offices more often,got counselling,got food,taught about women issues on their sexuality and reproductive health and got directions on how to restart my life again.After a deep thought, i left my marriage as it was not worth what i was looking for-love care,protection and understanding which i missed from my parents."Mammy,you look happy nowadays and your face is not as fat asa it used to be when we were living at daddys place"My daughter told me 2 months ago,she was refering to my swollen face from the beatings."yes i dont live that life anymore"I told her.Am saved from that agony by one opportunity i got in life that i hold so close in my heart,an opportunity to learn a lifeskill in Automechanics that would transform my life forever.I feel like safe spaces is the place you go when you are dead in your life dreams and get that spirit to start living again.I got everything there.I hold a certificate in Automechanics and i am going on with my Diploma Course now.When i am not in class i do casual jobs in neighbouring garages and earn some cash to help my daughter.I hope to get a job in Future and go an dlook for my brother in the  streets as he is athe only family i have.

I thank safe spaces and all people who support the programme. Positive Life begins there.

Agnes

Automechanics girls training
Automechanics girls training
Team work inspiration
Team work inspiration
Future journalists
Future journalists
Girls happy after reproductive health session
Girls happy after reproductive health session

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May 26, 2015

Its our Time

Girls learning photography
Girls learning photography

"I joined safe spaces when  i had lost hope in life and lost in street life.My Mother died when i was 7 years from injuries inflicted by my father during home fights.At the time of death after one of the fights,he tied us on the bed with a rope and left.I was rescued by my grandmother 4 days later so weak out of hunger and my moms corpse almost starting to decompose in the house.My grandmother took me to our rural home and she passed on 2 years later. I was left alone and fear of dying of hunger i went into the streets and joined other girls who were doing prostitution.Life was so unbearable having to serve 3 clients in a night at the age of 12 years.My body was aching all over the next day.I was saved by one of the clients,as i explained to him about my situation. He took me to Safe Spaces programme.Safe Spaces enrolled me into a primary school and found me  safe home where i live up to today.I will be completing my High school next year through scholarship support in safe spaces and i want to be a Doctor in future to help many children in our community who cannot afford medication when they are sick.I have gone through alot of Reproductive health training and awareness in the programme and i feel that am a leader now and my first task is to go and talk to the other girls i left in the streets besides teaching the young girls in the programme every weekend".

Tracy-17 years

Safe Spaces provides a unique space for holistic growth for  girls living in the slums.We reach 200 girls every week through our lifeskills and reproductive health programmes and sports programmes.we support 60 girls with  part High school fees and 10 girls will be completing Automechanics course by the end of 2015.Every Holiday we hold workshops in photography and filming,computer literacy and basketball camps for  more than 300 girls to help them continue growing positively and with skills and also to keep them busy from idling in the community and being pressured to act otherwisely by their peers.We also help them do their homeworks in the office as there is no enough space in their homes.All this  is made posiible by your generous support and we thankyou so much.

This is what one of the girls Leaders said in a community forum

"In terms of world leaders,i would like them to know that young people are not just simply leaders of tomorrow,we are already leaders and members of our todays society,our views matter,we need avenues to express them and a guarrantee  that we have freedom of expression.when we are treated as full partners in development issues,real change will result"

Girls learning basketball skills during the camps
Girls learning basketball skills during the camps
Girls learning photography
Girls learning photography
Girls doing their homework in the office
Girls doing their homework in the office
Tracy
Tracy
Lifeskills session
Lifeskills session
Feb 20, 2015

Just a Little More Push to my Dream

Diana at the basketball session
Diana at the basketball session

"I want to be a  rescue pilot in future so that i can rescue people from my community during fire outbreaks.I lost my mum in one of the fire outbreaks.Living without my mum has been hell,am so mistreated by my relatives.The fire fighters take so long to come and put the fire off,lots of property get and people get  burnt mostly children who are left alone by their parents when the go to fend for food as the houses are not properly built with strong materials.we live in a maze of rusted ironsheets with mud walls and open gutters of sewage pass near our  door.Piles of rubbish are everywhere.I wish to live in a better place.When i joined Safe Spaces 4 years ago through a friend,i was planning to commit suicide. Its always an option in the slums apart from becoming a drug addict or a prostitute.Safe spaces gave me hope to live by helping me with school fees,i also got a space where i learn about myself,play games and meet other girls who face more challenges in life like me.We share and encourage each other and i have stopped feeling lonely  and hope to reach my dream.I am in form 3."

Diana-17years

Many girls come to safe Spaces so depressed and almost losing hope with life.In these condtitions,they hope that something new could take place and change their lives.Sometimes they dont realize that the change they so yearn for is within them.Through our Lifeskills,sports and arts programmes we provide that space where they can build power within themselves to work and tackle their problems.We help them become witnesses and advocates of their own conditions,we build a family with its own rules and they reveal their crude realities through poems,stories and songs.They start re-imagining their lives.This is possible because we dont walk alone,we walk together with you and you push us closer to our dream lives.

Lifeskills session
Lifeskills session
Games time
Games time
Games time
Games time
our future stars
our future stars
Our Automechanics girls
Our Automechanics girls
 

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