Feed and Empower Domestic Violence Survivors-Kenya

by Empowering Minds International, Inc.
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Feed and Empower Domestic Violence Survivors-Kenya
Feed and Empower Domestic Violence Survivors-Kenya
Feed and Empower Domestic Violence Survivors-Kenya
Feed and Empower Domestic Violence Survivors-Kenya
Feed and Empower Domestic Violence Survivors-Kenya
Feed and Empower Domestic Violence Survivors-Kenya
Feed and Empower Domestic Violence Survivors-Kenya
Feed and Empower Domestic Violence Survivors-Kenya
Feed and Empower Domestic Violence Survivors-Kenya
Feed and Empower Domestic Violence Survivors-Kenya
Feed and Empower Domestic Violence Survivors-Kenya
From our Farm!
From our Farm!

From the support that we have been receiving from GlobalGiving, Agatha Amani House has been able to provide food and basic needs for the residents and their children. Despite being full house for the last one year, and with at least 2 volunteers at any given time, the shelter has been able to provide sustainably. We have been farming and thus have enough vegetables, eggs and milk which has greatly reduced our overall monthly costs as a shelter.  From the chicken, cows,  rabbits and the farm, we have been able to provide balanced diet to all our residents and also to make an income as we also sell the surplus. Apart from food, we have also been using the donations received for medication as some of health services are not fully waived by our government hospital that has been helping us with medical services for the survivors and their children. We recently celebrated Mother's Day and also the International Day of the African Child through the donations that we receive and we had a golden chance to celebrate our women and their children. We have also been buying ingredients needed for bread and mandazi baking for training the women and the bread/mandazis they make during the lessons has been part of their breakfast. We were also blessed with a food donation from Safaricom. We cannot expresss how greatful we are!  A big shout out to all our supporters!

International day of the African Child celebration
International day of the African Child celebration
Bead bracelet by our women  for sustainability
Bead bracelet by our women for sustainability
Rabbit meat from our farm
Rabbit meat from our farm
Safaricom Food donations to the shelter
Safaricom Food donations to the shelter
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The continued donations from GlobalGiving have been of great support to our organization. Feeding our sheltered women and their children is one of the basic activities of Agatha Amani House and this feels a great achievement. We have been able to continuously provide balanced diet to them all, even with an increased number of women and children.
Apart from the daily to daily feeding, the donations also greatly enabled us to take our residents for a nature walk during Christmas and the New Year celebrations that were done in a more special way. We also made it to have a jubilee birthday celebration for all the women and their children where we celebrated their birthdays together, shared a cake and also appreciated each other. During the valentine day on 14th February 2022, we celebrated our residents and staff, sharing words of love and encouragement.

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Our completed quarantine house
Our completed quarantine house

Our Smile Beyond Covid-19

The‌ ‌reality‌ ‌of‌ ‌living‌ ‌through‌ ‌the‌ ‌COVID‌ ‌19‌ ‌pandemic‌ ‌has‌ ‌expressly‌ ‌struck‌ ‌socio-economic structures in our country. As a shelter, we have been exiting rescued women and rescuing more following the influx of SGBV cases ‌since‌ ‌March‌ ‌-13‌ -2020‌ ‌when‌ ‌Kenya‌ ‌reported ‌its‌ ‌very first‌ ‌Covid-19‌ ‌case.

As a shelter, we recently transitioned 2 women and reintegrated them back to the community. One of them, a mother of 2 (Ella) is now pursuing a Diploma in Social Work and the other one, a mother of 1 (Jeddy) is working in a cake shop. We are currently hosting 12 women and 13 children and we have been able to cater for their basic needs through donations and vegetables produced from our farm..

October 20th, we celebrated Mashujaa Day (celebrate heroes), a national holiday celebrated in our country to celebrate veteran heroes. Although the day honours the country's heroes who fought for freedom from colonial rule, it represents much more than meets the eye. As Agatha Amani House, we had an opportunity to celebrate our residents who are heroes in many ways.

Currently, 6 of our residents are pursuing certificates courses in Business management and marketing, sponsored by European Business University (EBU). This is a great milestone to our beneficiaries. " This will be my second certificate to own in my life apart from my birth certificate." Say Jeddy, one of our residents. The knowledge is equipping them with entrepreneurial and business skills.

We have been practicing Permaculture which involves the cultivation of plants and rearing of animals in natural ways. Stewarding the land as we steward the souls and hearts of women is a fulfilling and a beautiful thing for us. Our shelter embrace farming as a way of being self-sustainable. We have been producing our own vegetables, eggs and milk. We also continue to use biogas for cooking and solar energy for lighting. Sustainability is one of our key projects.

We also recruited a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer who is helping in monitoring all our projects progress and impact. We have 2 volunteers with us who are helping with different roles; at the shelter and farm as well.

Thanks to donations from U.S. and international supporters. With the help of Donations received and matched by GlobalGiving, we have already started establishing our Food and Eco Forest.

Mashujaa celebrations
Mashujaa celebrations
Current residents
Current residents
EBU online business classes
EBU online business classes

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Leadership training
Leadership training

Agatha Amani House (AAH) continues to grow and adapt to current challenges and opportunities. The COVID pandemic poses a serious threat in Kenya, with rising numbers of cases and vaccines grossly insufficient to meet the need. New lockdown restrictions have been implemented in western Kenya, where Agatha Amani House is located.

 In response to this concern, AAH has worked hard to complete the “taka” quarantine rooms which will allow new survivors to be admitted while protecting the current shelter residents and staff. Elke Cole, an international expert in eco-friendly construction led an on-line Natural Building workshop in conjunction with the construction of the taka structure at AAH. This structure will be dedicated to the memory of Father Bob Terrill, an Episcopal priest from Kansas who was a long-term supporter of the vision and mission of Agatha Amani House. 

The residents have also benefitted from leadership training where they are encouraged to identify their “careabouts” and to realize their role as “pillars” in their family and community. In addition, teambuilding exercises help to grow important interpersonal skills.

Currently, 12 women and 11 children reside at AAH (with an additional baby on the way). Wanjigu (not her real name) is a new resident who was referred to AAH by a community worker following her rape by an uncle and her continued lack of protection by other family members. Wanjigu has begun her journey toward physical and emotional healing and strength. “E”, an AAH graduate, continues to be a success story in safe and independent living in the community. A former AAH volunteer has raised sufficient funds for E to complete her first year of college.  

New staff are in place to support the mission of AAH. A farm officer now assists the permaculture officer with the flourishing permaculture program. A shelter caretaker provides necessary support to residents while also assuming some important administrative duties.  

Thanks to donations from U.S. and international supporters, we were able to secure a match from GlobalGiving to begin our Food and Eco Forest campaign. We look forward to engaging a teacher so that we can learn about planting and cultivating fruit trees on our new property – a means to greater self-sufficiency and environmental stewardship.

Leadership class
Leadership class
Taka wall with artistic flourish
Taka wall with artistic flourish
New taka structure
New taka structure
Crushing plastic bottles to be used in taka walls
Crushing plastic bottles to be used in taka walls
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Everyone helps

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Agatha Amani babies
Agatha Amani babies

Agatha Amani House continues to be a busy place as we continue to grow and provide enhanced opportunities for survivors and their children. We began 2021 by taking physical possession on January 1st of an adjoining acre of land, which more than doubles our current size. Construction of a fence and entry gate will secure our property and provide privacy for our residents.  The fence is 9-strand barbed wire covered by heavy gauge vinyl sheeting. Bougainvilla and trees will be planted inside the fence as an added barrier that will be beautiful as well.

We are proud of the success of our survivors who have completed our program and successfully transitioned to violence-free lives in the community. For example:

P now lives independently and works as a hair stylist;

A is employed at a supermarket and lives independently with her baby;

N secured a full scholarship at a vocational training center; and

E obtained her high school certificate, after clearing up school fees owed for some years.

Our Jijenge Transition Program continues to provide 3 months of financial assistance to survivors to assist with their expenses as they re-establish themselves in the community. Residents earn this money through additional responsibilities in their last months in the shelter, and these funds are set aside for their use once they leave the shelter. Jijenge is Swahili for “build yourself up.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to a big rise in domestic violence in Kenya. We are grateful for the continued support of donors who assist us in providing refuge and hope for survivors seeking a safer and healthier future.

New Land
New Land
Fencing of New Land
Fencing of New Land
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Empowering Minds International, Inc.

Location: Leawood, KS - USA
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Nyakio Kaniu-Lake
Leawood, KS United States
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