Education  Kenya Project #48210

Support Education for Girls Affected by COVID-19

by Freely in Hope
Support Education for Girls Affected by COVID-19
Support Education for Girls Affected by COVID-19
Support Education for Girls Affected by COVID-19
Support Education for Girls Affected by COVID-19

Our girls have navigated the pandemic with resilience and courage, dealing with many changes including a very tight school calendar. They have persistently pursued their academic dreams overcoming many challenges. As they have closed school for the holidays our focus has been to provide them with mental health support to help them process their experiences from the previous school term and equip them with skills that they can use to cope and grow in a healthy way.

Our Mental Health Specialist introduced Tension, Stress and Trauma Release Exercises (T.R.E) as one of the interventions and it has been very helpful in helping our girls release the trauma that they have been carrying. They seem happier, lighter and more excited about their goals and dreams. We acknowledge that a lot has changed so we are continually modifying our support to best meet their needs. We're grateful for our community of support, including our donors, that make it possible for us to expand our capacity to provide much needed support to our scholars. Thank you.

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If I were to use one word to describe the girls in our scholarship program it would be RESILIENT! Like all other girls around the globe, they have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. They were out of school for a long time with most being exposed to unsafe conditions in their communities. When schools opened, most had to quickly adapt to online learning. Yet in spite of these and many other challenges they have remained focused and committed to their dreams.

We recently met most of them for a leadership training session and hearing them reiterate their dreams was inspiring. Each scholar printed their favorite picture of themselves and wrote their dream on the back. They then shared this with each other and affirmed and celebrated each other's dreams. We believe that they will lead us into a beautiful future where systemic change will normalize justice and we're here for all of it!

Thank you for supporting their dreams through your generous giving and co-creating the future with them!

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During the pandemic, we've been intentional in providing support through virtual trainings to continue developing the leadership of our scholars. Recently, we held a Leadership Lab in Kenya to train survivor-leaders on Creative Storytelling. The session was facilitated by a Freely in Hope alumni who is currently working in New York City! She shared about her storytelling journey and provided creative writing exercises for our leaders to share together. The leaders practiced sharing their stories through writing letters and describing what liberation looks like for them. We love seeing our alumni give back to our community of scholars even from a distance. 

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Last year, schools were closed for 9 months due to the COVID-19  pandemic. Whereas this affected all students, it was particularly difficult for students in exam classes due to the uncertainty of when they were going to sit their exams and whether they would be prepared for the same.

Two of our high school girls are finally sitting for their final exams this April. Even though they're doing so a little later because of the pandemic, we're confident that they will do well. With the support of our generous donors, we were able to provide safe housing, meals, and individualized tutoring for our high school scholars last year. Those in the exam class got help to understand difficult concepts, build confidence and adequately prepare for the exams. Since they went back to school in January, they have been performing exceptionally well.

Thank you so much for supporting their academic dreams in the midst of this pandemic and helping them finish strong as they complete their high school studies.

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With schools remaining closed in Kenya due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many girls are still exposed to abuse and reabuse as they spend extended periods of time in close proximity to their known or potential abusers. Many have also been co-opted into unsafe work in order to help cater for their families' needs.

At Freely in Hope, we are breaking the cycle of abuse by ensuring that our scholars are not in the same environment as their abusers. All our scholars are sheltering together in a safe house where they also have access to individualized tutoring, counseling and leadership development. This extra personalized support has seen most of their grades improve tremendously.

We are grateful for the support of our donors whose generosity has allowed our girls to continue pursuing academic excellence in a safe space even during this pandemic. We are confident that the continued pursuit of their dreams will contribute to building a violence free world!

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Freely in Hope

Location: El Sobrante, CA - USA
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Trizah Waiyaki
El Sobrante, CA United States
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