Safe Spaces for 1200 Girls in the Slums of Kenya

by SAFE SPACES ORGANIZATION AFRICA
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Summary

Safe spaces is a forum through which adolescent girls and young females have the opportunity to learn how to express themselves,build confidence,knowledge of self and leadership skills.This is a space where young women of today collect the paintbrushes they need to paint a picture of their world,and help them to create their vision of the world of tomorrow.This is a space where young girls have a safe environment to share their inner challenges as they grow into womanhood,without fear.
$25,000
total goal
$20,980
remaining
48
donors
1
monthly donor
5
years active

Challenge

Among the 75% of Nairobi's population that live in slum conditions, young women continue to be the most severely affected by the poverty, violence and systematic exclusion. Beyond facing discrimination in health, education, nutrition and labour, young women are burdened with most family and household management. Social and economic vulnerabilities put girls at serious risk of forced early marriage, prostitution, early pregnancy, HIV, physical and sexual exploitation.

Solution

Safe Spaces organizes basketball, yoga, dance and weekly discussion sessions facilitated by young women leaders in the programs. They talk specifically about the various issues that affect young females in the slums. Basketball is used as a platform to motivate the girls in the slums to help overcome the obstacles they face on a daily basis. Sports helps the girls gain confidence in their own abilities and teaches them how to empower themselves despite being a girl.

Long-Term Impact

Girls create activities based on their strengths either in music, a certain game, theater, photography, poetry or dancing. Once her strength is identified, a girl teaches others how it is done, thus encouraging practice of leadership and building self-esteem. Girls learn basic first aid skills and hygiene practices which they then share with their families, friends and neighbors. Each girl who is trained, and is very excited about her new skills, goes out and eagerly shows others.

Resources

http:/​/​www.safespaces.me
Safe Space project on WomenWin.org
Video of Peninah's Founding Story
CARE gives Peninah 2011 "I am Powerful" Award

Organization Information

SAFE SPACES ORGANIZATION AFRICA

Location: NAIROBI - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.safe-spaces.org
Project Leader:
PENINAH MUSYIMI
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya
$4,020 raised of $25,000 goal
 
97 donations
$20,980 to go
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