The Safe House: An Enclave of Peace and Hope

by Heshima Kenya
Mar 11, 2013

Creating Connections with the World

The girls love to write their pen pals!
The girls love to write their pen pals!

One of the best things about the Safe House is that it not only provides protection, but it also offers various opprtunites for residents to grow and heal through a sense of community. We often offer classes, events, and other opportunities allowing residents to experience new things and help them discover their passions and interests. Here we will highlight our recent pen pal program and Zumba classes connecting residents to new interests and friends in different parts of the world.

In December, the Safe house residents received penpal letters from children in Russia through our partners at Bright Future International (BFI).  The Safe House residents enjoyed receiving mail, and reading and replying to the children in Russia. The Heshima girls were warmed by their pen pals’ holiday cards wishing them a Happy Christmas and a healthy life. The Safe House girls responded, thanking them for the letters and cards, and wishing them a good year. This activity lightened up the residents’ mood, helping them feel hopeful and appreciated.

Annette stated “Having friends from the other side of the world is really good. I am glad to find a new friend in Russia. I love writing letters to my friend”

In early March, the residents had the opprtunity to learn Zumba. Zumba includes a variety of dances to music from all over the world, which is a fun, upbeat exercise for participants. The girls were thrilled to learn these new dances and sway their hips to varity of Zumba music; they loved the ability to connect each move to song and dance. A number of the girls reported that they would love to continue attending dancing and music classes.

Nadia says “I have always wanted to be a professional dancer. Now I have gotten a chance to train and exercise my body so that I become a good dancer. I am so happy. I want to start dancing classes as soon as possible.”

Halima reading her letter from her pen pal.
Halima reading her letter from her pen pal.
Rose hopes to visit her pen pal in Russia someday
Rose hopes to visit her pen pal in Russia someday
The girls getting down the Zumba way
The girls getting down the Zumba way
The girls smiling and dancing during Zumba class
The girls smiling and dancing during Zumba class

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Heshima Kenya

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Alisa Roadcup
Executive Director
Chicago, IL United States

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