The Safe House: An Enclave of Peace and Hope

by Heshima Kenya
Dec 11, 2012

Talent Night: Boosting Confidence & Having Fun

Dance performance at the Safe House
Dance performance at the Safe House

Last month the Safe House Program held a Talent Night!

The girls regularly take part in drama and role playing activities so it was a natural idea that came to them to develop a Talent Night to showcase their talents. 

The girls, with support from the Safe House staff, spent a week preparing and practicing for the big event. They were broken up into five different teams to practice their routines.

On the big night, staff and friends gathered to watch the show, which included performing skits, reciting poems, and choreographed dances. All teams were given small token gifts for their efforts.

“We had so much fun that day,” said one participant. 

“It was nice to dance and show the girls what I learned,” said another. 

“It is a good day to come together and do what I like best: singing,” said yet another girl.

They also held a group birthday party, which are held quarterly to celebrate all the girls and their children who had birthdays in the last several months.

In addition to events like the talent show and birthday celebrations, the girls keep busy with a variety of regular activities.

One of the Safe House program's main goals is to promote psychosocial healing and a sense of community by structuring a daily routine.

For example, the girls have daily reading assignments as well as time and guidance to complete their school assignments. Reading is a big deal at the Safe House- the goal being to develop a reading culture where reading is encouraged and exciting for the girls. Thanks to supporters like you, the Safe House now has a small library of books for girls at different reading levels.  

Other activities include playing sports and spending time on communal household chores like cooking, tidying, and gardening - and for those that have babies and small children, childcare.

On the weekend, time is devoted to rest and relaxation as well as life-skills sessions on relevant topics such as reproductive health and self-esteem. Life at the Safe House continues to be busy and productive!

Thank you for your support of this project. The girls are thriving in this safe, caring environment thanks to your generosity!

Birthday party - blowing out candles
Birthday party - blowing out candles

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Heshima Kenya

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Alisa Roadcup
Executive Director
Chicago, IL United States
$6,873 raised of $15,000 goal
44 donations
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