We offer every year 30 girls from the Mathare slums in Nairobi/Kenya the chance to study car mechanics. A profession that empowers and secures these young women with a job and an economically independent future outside the slums. Safe Spaces has lengthy experience in offering this 2 year vocational training. It is now time to open our own garage, where these girls can be educated, do their internships and grow. For Safe Spaces it means becoming less dependent on funding over time.
Many girls in the slums dream of becoming a hair dresser or open a beauty salon. At Safe Spaces we believe that becoming a car mechanics pro as a girl, would probably open more doors. And we were right. In the last years 50 girls have completed our 2 year vocational training and found a job in a garage or a job in another area of the car industry. We now want to open our own garage to allow more girls to pursue their dream and complete this route.
If we can run our own garage, it will allow us to have more girls follow this vocational training. These role models will be more visible for the other girls in our programs.
Opening our own garage will be the start of becoming self sustaining financially as an organisation. Less dependent on funding which will secure the future of Safe Spaces in a fundamental way.