Education and Empowerment for Refugee Girls

by Heshima Kenya
Nov 24, 2010

A Girl's Space for Change

Girls dancing for Cultural Day!
Girls dancing for Cultural Day!


Dear Supporters,

It's been an exciting couple months and we are happy to share our progress with you!

With staff and volunteer support, participants of the Girl's Empowerment Project formed a drama group to write and perform dramas addressing issues of leadership and the importance of education.  We also developed a cultural show with the aim of the students sharing and understanding their different cultures.  The idea of cultural show was sparked by a participant because she experienced other students asking one another about their countries, clothing, food, dances, and traditions.  The cultural show helped students recognize, showcase, and appreciate their diverse backgrounds from Somalia, Burundi, Rwanda, DR Congo, Ethiopia and Sudan!

The Girl's Empowerment Projects participants have also been supporting their peers on decision-making.   For example, whereas previously the participants would divide themselves into informal groups and engage in conflict with one another relying on the Youth Coordinator and Mental Health Counselor to resolve their issues, the participants are now more patient with one another and work together toward conflict resolution. 
Team competitions have given the girls opportunities to engage in a variety of different games and sports and further facilitated interaction between students and other schools.  The GEP participants continue to engage with State House Girls Secondary School!  The inter school sports activities has also served in increased socialization and friendly relationships.
The Maisha Collective, Heshima Kenya’s income generating project, continues to be extremely successful!  We continue to experience an influx in orders, which keeps the girls busy!  Their standards of professionalism and excitement regarding their participation in the Maisha Collective is remarkable, and remains a source of inspiration for incoming girls!  Please visit the Heshima Kenya website in the coming weeks to learn how you can purchase a scarf!

Thank you so much for your support!


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Heshima Kenya

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Alisa Roadcup
Executive Director
Chicago, IL United States
$62,735 raised of $95,000 goal
865 donations
$32,265 to go
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