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Educate and Empower Girls in Kenya

by Hekima Place Inc.
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Educate and Empower Girls in Kenya
Educate and Empower Girls in Kenya
Educate and Empower Girls in Kenya
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Educate and Empower Girls in Kenya
Educate and Empower Girls in Kenya
Educate and Empower Girls in Kenya
Educate and Empower Girls in Kenya
Educate and Empower Girls in Kenya
Educate and Empower Girls in Kenya
Educate and Empower Girls in Kenya

COVID-19 has been devastating to poor families across the globe, including in Kenya.

At Hekima Place, our girls are blessed with nutritious food, clean clothes, and warm beds. If they get sick, they will have access to medical care and everything they need to heal. Tragically, members of our community in Kenya- those who live right outside of our own gates- are not this fortunate. Many families are already living in poverty and COVID-19 exacerbates their hardships through the loss of jobs, scarcity of food, and the illness itself. While much aid is going to the slums, little is being done to help more rural households whose poverty goes unnoticed.

In June, Hekima Place provided support to our greater community by distributing a basket of goods to those who need it most. This basket included basic food items, like beans and rice, and basic sanitary items, like soap. It helped poor individuals and families through these hard days and was a gesture to show that they are not alone.

Giving this gift to our community was a gift to our girls too. It helped demonstrate love in action and taught them how important it is for us to support our community, especially in times of crisis. This crisis has been hard on all of us, and at the same time it’s important that we as adults model behavior for our children. Our girls look to us to learn how to treat each other, and this summer they learned kindness.

Thank you for your own kindness. It matters.

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This year Hekima Place celebrates its 15th anniversary. This marks 15 years of providing a safe, loving and faith-based home to orphaned and vulnerable girls in Kenya. We support excellence in education and empowerment for their futures, and we promote the contribution of educated Kenyan girls for the good of Kenya and the world.

Over the past 15 years, we have received vulnerable girls into our care, and provided them with the resources and support to transform their lives. Over the past 15 years:

  • Over 20 girls completed our post high school program and entered healthcare, hotel, airline, nonprofit, culinary, and other industries
  • Our first college graduate finished summa cum laude from Catholic University of East Africa. She is now married and living in Mombasa, Kenya
  • We have been named a “Best Practice” children home by the District Children’s Office
  • Hekima Place has been honored twice by Soroptimist International for our work empowering women and girls.
  • All 4 of our 2019 high school graduates scored in the top 20% of the national exam required for graduation
  • In January, we opened Hekima Hills Learning Centre, a new school where nine our own girls are attending. There they are receiving a quality education with loving teachers in a clean, safe and welcoming environment.

With your help, we can continue to care for and educate girls- girls who may not otherwise have the chance to grow up in a safe loving home and get an education to empower their futures. Together, we reach the most vulnerable children, those left behind by parents and in need of protection and education. Your gift provides funding for programs that support our girls today with education, food, clothes, medical care and counseling while fostering their long-term potential. Through your prayers and financial support, we will continue to protect, care for and educate every girl that comes to our doors.   

Your gift helps ensure that these girls can write their own destiny through their education. Thank you for caring for them and for being a part of our Hekima family. Your continued support provide makes a difference.

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Girls in Kenya face challenges and discrimination just for being born daughters and not sons. A girl’s education is less likely to be valued, and she’s more likely not to finish school. She may be married off, sent to work or trafficked. Without an education, she’ll live in poverty for the rest of her life, and her children will face the same hardships.

But an education changes her future. She’ll stay safer, make her own decisions, and grow up to lead an empowered life.   

We understand the importance of education for girls- and for all children. In 2020 we are opening Hekima Hills Learning Center. On January 7, 2020 nine of our girls and many children from the community will enter our school and begin receiving an education that they may have never had.

All our girls will benefit from education including our newest Hekima girl, Janice, who was just placed under our care and protection. At 11 years old, Janice has faced more trauma and disruption in her young life than most of us can even imagine. Coming from a background of abuse, she is slow to trust. She’s still adjusting to a new school, a new home, and a new routine. She struggles with loneliness and isolation.

While each girl is unique, we’ve seen girls like Janice before. We know that healing takes time, and we know how to help her come to love herself and trust again. When she begins to see herself as we see her- as a beautiful, intelligent child full of potential and love- she’ll begin to trust. She’ll begin to pay attention in school, play with her sisters, and make new friends. We know that day is just around the corner.    

With your help, we can rescue and educate girls like Janice- girls who may not otherwise have the chance to grow up in a safe loving home and get an education to empower their futures. Together, we reach the most vulnerable children, those left behind by parents and in need of protection and education. Your gift provides funding for programs that support our girls today with education, food, clothes, medical care and counseling while fostering their long-term potential. Through your prayers and financial support, we will continue to protect, care for and educate every girl that comes to our doors.   

Your gift helps take care of Janice and her Hekima sisters. Thank you for caring for them and for being a part of our Hekima family. Your support makes a difference.

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Empowering Clovelina and Her Hekima Place Sisters

In the United States, families are busy sending their children back to school, but it’s not back to school time in Kenya because the school year runs on the calendar year. This means that we’re in the middle of the school year and are busy making sure that our girls are studying hard, sustaining healthy friendships, and engaging in activities that challenge their minds and feed their souls.

Clovelina is one of our girls. Each morning Clovelina’s house mum makes her a nutritious breakfast while she gets ready for school. She eats with her Hekima Place sisters, and then races off to a start a new day of learning, laughing, and growing up. Clovelina loves school- she loves the books and the people, and she’s always ready for a new day. After school she does her chores, and then there’s usually time for some fun. For Clovelina, free time often means painting or drawing. After that there’s dinner and homework, and then she gets ready for bed and goes to sleep knowing that tomorrow will bring a new school day.

Because of your generous gift, orphaned and vulnerable girls in Kenya are waking up to warm breakfasts and a day of learning, laughter and love. They are thriving because of your giving. Without your support, Clovelina would not have the opportunity to receive an education for an empowered future. Thank you for supporting her and her Hekima Place sisters.  

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Hekima Place Inc.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA - USA
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Twitter: @HekimaPlace
Project Leader:
Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp
Pittsburgh, PA United States
$7,070 raised of $7,500 goal
 
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