The Safe House: An Enclave of Peace and Hope

by Heshima Kenya
Aug 10, 2011

Finding Strength Through Community

Girls of the Safe House and children
Girls of the Safe House and children

When 16-year-old Sandrine and her two daughters were referred to Heshima Kenya’s Safe House, they had just arrived in Kenya from Congo. Sandrine was identified through Heshima Kenya’s Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Outreach program, as Sandrine and her children were experiencing homelessness and were in dire need of shelter and safety. When she first arrived at the Safe House with her daughters, Sandrine was traumatized and overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for her children in a foreign country without any means of support or income. After settling in, Sandrine received support to not only meet her basic needs, but also received counseling and emotional support, and was welcomed by a community of staff and girls who continue to provide her with encouragement.

The Safe House also welcomed a 13-year-old Somali girl who was rescued from the street after being sexually and physically abused. She is epileptic and mentally disabled, and had been disowned by her mother. She is now receiving medical care and tremendous physical and emotional support from the other Safe House girls, who are always ready to help her care for herself, prepare for field trips, and communicate with others. When she first came to the Safe House, she was withdrawn, hostile, and feared any girl who came near her. Now, she knows that this community of girls with similar and shared experiences will protect and support her.

Heshima Kenya’s Safe House would not be able to offer this vital protection and support without your generous contributions. We thank you for continuing to invest in the future of these young refugee women and girls, allowing them to seek lives of peace and dignity.

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Organization Information

Heshima Kenya

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.heshimakenya.org
Project Leader:
Alisa Roadcup
Chicago, IL United States