Build a Rescue Center for At-Risk Girls in Kenya

by Kenya Keys
May 22, 2013

Research and Development of the Usalama Center


We are thrilled by the widespread support we received during the Open Challenge. During the month of April, we raised $22,472 and won nearly $5,000 in bonus grants and matching funds. Each contribution will make a big difference in the lives of the girls Kenya Keys serves in the Taru region. The funds we are raising will allow us to more confidently research and built the best possible rescue center.

Our Kenyan team: Susan Nyamawi, Joseph Mwengea, Grace Kariuki, Raphael Mangisi, Miriam Karisa, and Anna Mapendo are busy conducting site visits at rescue centers throughout Kenya. They are learning about programs, services, policies, and infrastructure from the most successful rescue centers in the area so that the Usalama Center will mirror best practices in the field. They, along with the Kenyan-based Board of Directors are evaluating locations and launching the initial organizational efforts and inquiries required to begin the construction of the Center. 

Mama (a title of respect) Veronicah is a woman grieving for the tragic loss of her stepdaughter, Cicilia—a young girl who was impregnated and committed suicide last year. While talking to Susan Nyamawi, Mama Veronicah pleaded for help for the young girls in the area. She hopes that no parent will have to go through what she has experienced. The Usalama Center will be the primary way of supporting these young, vulnerable girls—literally rescuing them from the many dangers they face. 

Thank you for contributing to this important project. We still have a long way to go before the Center will be complete. Please visit our project page and share it with others who may be interested in supporting these girls. Asante sana!

The girls of Kenya thank you!
The girls of Kenya thank you!



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Kenya Keys

Location: Lake Oswego, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Megan Wilcken
Project Leader
Lake Oswego, OR United States

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