Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking

by Awareness Against Human Trafficking - HAART Kenya
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Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking
Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking
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Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking
Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking
Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking
Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking
Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking
Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking
Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking
Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking
Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking
Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking
Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking
Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking
Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking
Provide Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking

The HAART shelter is yet to reopen, however 3 girls who could not be reintegrated due to various reasons, and  were referred to other organizations for shelter services. HAART has continued to cater for their other needs while at the various shelters. The girls have been offered a continuum of services which include Legal aid, psychosocial, medical, and educational support.

 The Shelter team has been doing both in person and phone call follow-ups to the girls, and concurrently reviewing their individual care plans to ensure that all their needs are well taken care of to facilitate a holistic  recovery from their traumatic experiences.

On 12th October 2020 schools were re-opened after seven months closure due to COVID-19. Girls who were reintegrated and those in the various shelters went back to school for 8 weeks before going on Christmas break. One of our girls was transferred to a new school, in an effort to support and encourage her to perform better academically.  We are glad to report, that she is settled and very happy in her new school now.

One more girl is being supported through vocational Skills training at another shelter. She aims to become a hairdresser and we were able to procure for her all the learning materials, to support her in reaching her goal. While the third girl wants to pursue catering in May 2021.

The HAART shelter team, is eagerly working towards re-opening of the Shelter. The registration process with the Kenyan authorities is close to finalisation. So that we can bring our girls home to our new shelter. The HAART team is anticipating on installing more solar water heating panels with the aim of ensuring that the girls have sufficient hot water supply even when the shelter population is at full capacity.

We are looking forward to the re-opening of the shelter, in the serene environment to enhance the holistic healing process of the girls.

Thank you for your continued support.

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The last quarter of 2020 was very tough for our work as well as for Kenya as a whole. The second wave of COVID-19 hit East Africa and Kenya was not spared. Kenyan healthcare system is not able to handle the rapid surge of new cases of COVID 19. The country was affected negatively in al aspects but particularly socially and economically.

 

This brought about serious impact on our work and on the health of our clients i.e., both physically and mentally. HAART Kenya has been following the government regulations to curb the spread of the coronavirus. HAART has therefore developed an internal COVID-19 protocol that was shared to all the staff members for them to follow and adhere to. COVID-19 has shifted HAART’s engagement activities with stakeholders, partners, community members and the staff from physical meetings to online engagements. 

 

Notwithstanding the challenges that were unanticipated due to Covid-19 pandemic HAART Kenya adapted to new ways of offering their services to the community and clients.

 

During this time HAART Kenya reopened 160 closed cases of survivors of human trafficking after they reached out in distress and were supported with basic needs and rent. Out of the 160 HAART went ahead to economically empower 18 survivors to start up small businesses thus enhancing economic independence of the survivors.

HAART continued to offer teletherapy to victims of trafficking through a team of dedicated psychotherapists.

Schools were reopened on the 12th of October 2020 after seven months break due to Covid-19. A continuum education support was offered to 6 girls who were reintegrated shelter cases. The six girls were in boarding schools both primary and secondary schools i.e., 3 girls in primary and 3 in secondary schools respectively.

HAART Kenya is optimistic on re-opening the Shelter by End of March 2021. This will help bridge the gap on shelters and offer comprehensive, trauma informed care to girl victims of trafficking of ages 6- 18 years.

 

Your support through 2020 and January 2021 has gone a long way in impacting the lives of our victims and survivors

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Dear Donors,

We are excited to be writing to you because, despite the many challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, with your, support we have managed to make significant strides towards supporting survivors of human trafficking. 

We finally have a new shelter! The HAART Shelter was closed in October 2019 due to serious incidents encountered with the landlady which threatened the victims’ safety, security, and privacy. We have been working on setting up the new shelter that was donated to us. It is located in the safe environs of Karen, Nairobi on spacious grounds for the girls to play and carry out various activities. In this period, we have been focussing on renovating the buildings so that they are child friendly and meet the needs of the shelter in general. We have managed to expand some sleeping rooms to accommodate more girls and converted other rooms to accommodate other activities such as therapy room, computer room, an administrative office, and a multipurpose room (board meetings, training, etc). We have also been doing an audit of shelter items and have a comprehensive list of items that need repair vs those that need replacing. We have recently hired a new shelter manager who is handling the processes necessary for reopening. 

We have been reviewing our policies and procedures and updating them accordingly to meet global standards. We are now working towards having a fully functional shelter, the decision to finally have survivors inhabit the place will be guided by how the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled in the country. 

We had a case of a 17-year-old girl whose father had planned to marry her off. The rescue was done the day before the ceremony by the area children's officer who referred the case to HAART Kenya. The girl was placed under the HAART guardianship program for a month being that our shelter was closed and external shelters were not admitting new children due to the pandemic. We were eventually able to place her in a safe shelter that agreed to take her in. The shelter is providing for food and accommodation while HAART Kenya is taking care of her psychosocial needs, purchasing of personal effects and medical support

HAART has 13 girls as beneficiaries of educational support. As reported in the previous report, it was in the pipeline to source for new schools after the complaint raised from the other institution. We had been in the process of sourcing for other schools for them when the schools were closed. The report from the Ministry of education is that schools will most likely reopen in January 2021, we will embark on this once schools reopen. We have been following up with guardians on the progress of the children, the lack of smart devices, internet connectivity has hindered learning for many girls. Additionally, we have seen instances where the children end up focussing on household chores as opposed to studying and have advised the guardians to try and balance this. We have continued to offer support services to the survivors and their families in their homes. 

Highlights

  • A new shelter was donated to HAART Kenya, we have moved all the items from the store into the new shelter
  • The building has been renovated, the sleeping rooms have also been renovated to accommodate more girls
  • 1 victim kept under a guardianship program then transferred to a foster care home.
  • School fees for the year had been paid for 9 children for one term and 4 children for one yearsurvivors who are receiving educational support

 

Our goals in the coming months are to:

  • Reviewing our policies and procedures and updating them accordingly so that our shelter meets global standards.
  • Sourcing for funds to repair and purchase the new shelter items that are necessary for re-opening

Again, all this would not have been possible without your continued support. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of survivors of human trafficking. 

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Dear Donors,

We are always honoured to write to you and keep you in the loop of how we are doing here at HAART Kenya. Our hearts are full of gratitude due to your continued support by playing a sufficiently great role in the course to eradicate human trafficking.

As communicated in the last report, HAART temporarily closed down its shelter due to insufficient funding and security concerns. We, therefore, reintegrated most of the girls and referred two  (2) girls to partner shelters. We continue to manage the girls’ cases by meeting their pending needs. HAART still has twelve (12) girls as beneficiaries of educational support, eight (8) of them being direct beneficiaries who were living in the HAART shelter before reintegration or referral and four (4) indirect beneficiaries. 

We are currently working on building the capacity of one of the schools we partner with so that they can meet the required student-teacher ratio. Additionally, for the reintegrated girls, we are looking to transfer them to public schools near their homes so that the guardians can easily monitor their schooling. 

Due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, schools have been closed indefinitely and therefore the girls are currently in the respective homes where they were re-integrated or referred. Staff are also working from home by conducting phone call follow-ups, online screening, needs assessments, case planning and online therapy for survivors is ongoing. Businesses set up for survivors in the previous months have been adversely affected and thus will require support to get them stable again. Hearings for court cases have also been postponed until further notice.

Highlights

  • 12 beneficiaries reported to school and were facilitated with school fees.
  • 9 victims were supported with transport to their various schools
  • We are very close to opening the new shelter. We have identified a venue
  • Parents of 4 victims are now economically empowered and took up the role of doing school shopping for their children
  • Two victims have received emergency shelter support due to the security nature of their cases
  • 1 victim receiving monthly medication
  • 2 victims receiving rent support and a monthly sustenance
  • 4 victims receiving psychosocial support

 

Our goals in the coming months are to:

  • Set up a new shelter
  • Support survivors stabilize their businesses
  • Enrol the eight girls to new schools
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Dear donors,

Happy New Year!

It has been 3 months since we last touched base and here we are again to keep you in the loop of what we have been up to during this reporting period. First off, allow us in the most sincere way possible say thank you for your generous contributions that you gave out of your big hearts toward the course of HAART Kenya's focus- rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of human trafficking.

From our last report, we had mentioned that there were significant changes in the pipeline about to happen at our shelter which was to be communicated. The major change that occurred during this phase of reporting is the winding down of the shelter due to serious incidences we had encountered with the landlady coupled with a myriad of little instances of disrespect and disregard of our safety and security.

The protection team at HAART Kenya reported each time there was an incident and it was dealt with as best as we could considering the fact that controlling the landlady was nearly impossible. We considered finding a house and moving out since the lease agreement was expiring by the close of the month of October. However, finding a suitable house with the capacity that we wanted was not easy in the timeline that we had. After a careful deliberation by the management considering all the challenges that we were facing, we looked at the cases we had and decided that shutting down the shelter would be the best solution

Most of the cases we had by then were ready for reintegration and their reintegrations could be done before the end of October. We decided we would not take in new cases but instead continue working actively on the available cases to ensure the remaining children are reintegrated within the timeline that we had. Under our care, we also had 5 children whose home tracings and reintegrations had proven futile due to dynamics within their families that left us needing more time to look for other responsible relatives who could take care of them. As such we had to refer them to our partner organizations for temporary shelter before our shelter reopens.

Staff were given termination of contract notices due to the redundancy of their positions and we started looking for storage place for the items at the shelter. We managed to get a place where we moved shelter items. Currently, we are still looking for a safe location to reestablish the shelter.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 5 survivors were repatriated to Tanzania- 2 being physically disabled
  • 5 victims were successfully reintegrated
  • 5 Victims who were referred to other foster care home continued receiving support services from HAART. 1 girl out of the 5 was reintergrated.
  • 14 survivors including the reintegrated ones received educational support.
  • 2 girls completed their primary school education and are set to be enrolled in secondary school.
  • 2 girls completed their secondary school education and are being prepared to join tertiary institutions.
  • 2 victims received medical support
  • 1 victim received psycho-social support.
  • We are actively looking for another safe location to reestablish the shelter.

Our goals for the coming months are to:

  • Find a secure location to reestablish the shelter
  • Review of shelter systems and procedures.

We look forward to your continued support.

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