Educate & Empower 1200 Girls in the Nairobi Slums

by SAFE SPACES ORGANIZATION AFRICA
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Summary

Safe Spaces exists to help girls in the slums save their own lives. Our Mission is to provide a safe space in the Eastland slums of Nairobi for girls and young women to envision and pursue the future they want for themselves and their communities through life-skills and reproductive health training and awareness, arts and sports, vocational training and academic education scholarship programs. Global Giving fundraising supports Safe Spaces programs including academic & vocational scholarships.
$25,000
total goal
$18,455
remaining
76
donors
4
monthly donors
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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

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

Organization Information

SAFE SPACES ORGANIZATION AFRICA

Location: NAIROBI - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.safespaces-nairobi.org/​
Project Leader:
PENINAH MUSYIMI
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya
2016 Year End Campaign
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$6,545 raised of $25,000 goal
 
139 donations
$18,455 to go
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