Hekima Place is a safe, loving and faith-based home for orphaned and vulnerable girls in Kenya. We support excellence in education and empowerment for their futures. This project will educate and empower orphaned and vulnerable girls by providing them with everything they need to succeed at school. This includes access to education, books and uniforms, nutritious meals, medical attention, counseling and individualized, loving care in a safe, stable home.
263 million children have never been given the opportunity to go to school. Sub-Saharan Africa has the most out-of-school children, with girls more likely than boys to never step foot into a classroom. Orphaned and vulnerable girls are less likely to attend school than their peers who never experienced abandonment or trauma. Vulnerable girls who do attend often lack the resources and support to stay in school and succeed. For these girls, education and an empowered future are often out of reach.
The project will ensure that orphaned and vulnerable girls have access to education and are empowered to succeed. They will receive homework support from house mums and volunteer tutors. They will engage in educational enrichment activities, like field trips, art sessions and writing workshops. They will receive counseling to work through trauma, nutritious food, clean clothes and individualized and loving care. They will learn to love themselves, love learning and prepare for their futures.
Education is the most proven pathway out of poverty. Our educated girls will have the knowledge, skills and confidence to lead safe lives and engage in dignified work. Educated girls become educated women who can support their families and lead their communities. They will have fewer and healthier children, and they will be more likely to send their children-including their daughters- to school. This project will support a new generation of women in Kenya through education and empowerment.