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.
Fencing of New Land