Educate & Empower 1200 Girls in the Nairobi Slums

by SAFE SPACES ORGANIZATION AFRICA
Vetted
Girls in basketball camp
Girls in basketball camp

Your help and support has helped more than 100 girls travel to school without problems with busfare for the past 4 years.It has also ensured that the girls have school stationery and school materials like uniforms and school shoes.Every month  350 girls rceive sanitary towels from our office to support them during their menstruation.

50 girls are able to get partial education scholarships to pursue their secondary education and 20 girls to participate in vocational trainings in automechanics,computer literacy,photography and filming and peer education.

Your support has helped more than 1200 girls access reproductive health training and awareness thus shaping their knowledge on oneself for future wise decission making.

Your support has helped more than 50 girls get full highschool education basketball scholarships to support them finsih their high school and posibbly get jobs through cooporates in future when they are better players which will alleviate poverty and their living conditions.

Girls have hope and platform where they can share their burning issues without fear of being judged and rebuild their lives with optimism and hope of a better life in the coming years like Anastacia.

My name is Anastacia,I am 12 years old and 5th born in a family of 7.I havent joined school yet but will join next term with the help of safe spaces where i joined 1 year ago.I have learnt alot about girls and myself since i joined the programme.My mum died when i was 7 years old and we have been brought up by my aunt who is an alcoholic and sells illicit brew in mathare slums.My elder sister is a sex worker in town and she is often sick.Me and my younger sister help my aunt to sell the illicit brew so that we can feed.Sometimes the customers treat us so bad and harass us so much and i feel so bad about it.When i go to school,i want to be a pilot so that i can fly far from this cruel earth.I want to help my brothers who are in the streets and my elder sister and live a good life.I know i will make it and am determined when i go to school to learnt with heart and soul to reach my dream.

Girls in basketball camp
Girls in basketball camp
Girls in basketball camp
Girls in basketball camp
trained peer educators
trained peer educators
Photography training
Photography training
Automechanics training
Automechanics training
cecilia
cecilia

"The voice of scavenging storks wake me everyday apart from the smell of rotting debris around our home that has cling for 14 years in my throat.Brawling dogs,pigs and heaps of garbage side by side have been the friends we treasure so much.Living in a dumpsite has been the biggest nightmare of my life.Despite all the health challenges that come with it,we have to survive,we need to eat.We live in Dandora dumpsite with our single mother and we are 5.Am the last born.we wake up at 3am collect metals,rubber,milk bags,plastics,bones and used electronics.Pile them in sacks and by 6am i am off to school though i have to pass via safe spaces office to take shower. All my elder siblings refused to go to school and are all collecting garbage at the dumpsite.It is a tough life.

Am lucky because i joined safe spaces 2 years ago and i have been learning alot about life,about decisson making,about values,about goal setting and having a mission and vision for my life.I dont want to continue living in the dumpsite,i want a different life far from the garbage,i want to be a doctor and treat many people who die in the dumpsite because of contamination.I am very sad during the weekdays going back to our house everyday.The only days i feel so happy is when in safe spaces,its very clean,its entertaining it is just different.I just sat for my final exams in primary school and i hope i will get scholarship to go to a boarding school in high school"

Cecilia-14 years

We always wish our lives to be different from our current challenges but others wish they could run away from their current situations like cecilia.Life is just a journey and whatever challenges we undergo now shape where we go next.Fortunately we have friends who help us to make the next step in our lives.Friends who commit their hard earned cash to support unimagianble situations in our lives,friends who help us smile,learn,explore,play and feel the light coming at the end of the tunnel.This year,we give our heartfelt gratitude for supporting us go to school,play,learn and most of all being our friend.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Reproductive health session
Reproductive health session
poetry session in our outreach school
poetry session in our outreach school
Peace
Peace
playing time
playing time

Links:

Agnes
Agnes

I was married at 15 years after my parents died in an accident.Am the first born in a family of 3 siblings.My 2 brothers were gunned down by police as they became armed robbers and my younger brother is 10 years old and i lived with him and my 5 year old daughter in Mathare slums.

I became a victim of gender based violence as my husband was a drug addict and i had bruises and marks in my body and swollen face most of the days.We starved and lost hope in life and my younger brother opted to go into the streets.At 18 years,i had already tested a bitter life and had nothing in life to look up to.I could not get out of the house because i looked terrible from the beatings.My problems led to desperation and i was contemplating to commit suicide together with my daughter.

I met Safe spaces in a community Gender based violence forum 3 years ago.I felt like my hopes were rekindled after the Forum.I visited their offices more often,got counselling,got food,taught about women issues on their sexuality and reproductive health and got directions on how to restart my life again.After a deep thought, i left my marriage as it was not worth what i was looking for-love care,protection and understanding which i missed from my parents."Mammy,you look happy nowadays and your face is not as fat asa it used to be when we were living at daddys place"My daughter told me 2 months ago,she was refering to my swollen face from the beatings."yes i dont live that life anymore"I told her.Am saved from that agony by one opportunity i got in life that i hold so close in my heart,an opportunity to learn a lifeskill in Automechanics that would transform my life forever.I feel like safe spaces is the place you go when you are dead in your life dreams and get that spirit to start living again.I got everything there.I hold a certificate in Automechanics and i am going on with my Diploma Course now.When i am not in class i do casual jobs in neighbouring garages and earn some cash to help my daughter.I hope to get a job in Future and go an dlook for my brother in the  streets as he is athe only family i have.

I thank safe spaces and all people who support the programme. Positive Life begins there.

Agnes

Automechanics girls training
Automechanics girls training
Team work inspiration
Team work inspiration
Future journalists
Future journalists
Girls happy after reproductive health session
Girls happy after reproductive health session

Links:

Girls learning photography
Girls learning photography

"I joined safe spaces when  i had lost hope in life and lost in street life.My Mother died when i was 7 years from injuries inflicted by my father during home fights.At the time of death after one of the fights,he tied us on the bed with a rope and left.I was rescued by my grandmother 4 days later so weak out of hunger and my moms corpse almost starting to decompose in the house.My grandmother took me to our rural home and she passed on 2 years later. I was left alone and fear of dying of hunger i went into the streets and joined other girls who were doing prostitution.Life was so unbearable having to serve 3 clients in a night at the age of 12 years.My body was aching all over the next day.I was saved by one of the clients,as i explained to him about my situation. He took me to Safe Spaces programme.Safe Spaces enrolled me into a primary school and found me  safe home where i live up to today.I will be completing my High school next year through scholarship support in safe spaces and i want to be a Doctor in future to help many children in our community who cannot afford medication when they are sick.I have gone through alot of Reproductive health training and awareness in the programme and i feel that am a leader now and my first task is to go and talk to the other girls i left in the streets besides teaching the young girls in the programme every weekend".

Tracy-17 years

Safe Spaces provides a unique space for holistic growth for  girls living in the slums.We reach 200 girls every week through our lifeskills and reproductive health programmes and sports programmes.we support 60 girls with  part High school fees and 10 girls will be completing Automechanics course by the end of 2015.Every Holiday we hold workshops in photography and filming,computer literacy and basketball camps for  more than 300 girls to help them continue growing positively and with skills and also to keep them busy from idling in the community and being pressured to act otherwisely by their peers.We also help them do their homeworks in the office as there is no enough space in their homes.All this  is made posiible by your generous support and we thankyou so much.

This is what one of the girls Leaders said in a community forum

"In terms of world leaders,i would like them to know that young people are not just simply leaders of tomorrow,we are already leaders and members of our todays society,our views matter,we need avenues to express them and a guarrantee  that we have freedom of expression.when we are treated as full partners in development issues,real change will result"

Girls learning basketball skills during the camps
Girls learning basketball skills during the camps
Girls learning photography
Girls learning photography
Girls doing their homework in the office
Girls doing their homework in the office
Tracy
Tracy
Lifeskills session
Lifeskills session
Diana at the basketball session
Diana at the basketball session

"I want to be a  rescue pilot in future so that i can rescue people from my community during fire outbreaks.I lost my mum in one of the fire outbreaks.Living without my mum has been hell,am so mistreated by my relatives.The fire fighters take so long to come and put the fire off,lots of property get and people get  burnt mostly children who are left alone by their parents when the go to fend for food as the houses are not properly built with strong materials.we live in a maze of rusted ironsheets with mud walls and open gutters of sewage pass near our  door.Piles of rubbish are everywhere.I wish to live in a better place.When i joined Safe Spaces 4 years ago through a friend,i was planning to commit suicide. Its always an option in the slums apart from becoming a drug addict or a prostitute.Safe spaces gave me hope to live by helping me with school fees,i also got a space where i learn about myself,play games and meet other girls who face more challenges in life like me.We share and encourage each other and i have stopped feeling lonely  and hope to reach my dream.I am in form 3."

Diana-17years

Many girls come to safe Spaces so depressed and almost losing hope with life.In these condtitions,they hope that something new could take place and change their lives.Sometimes they dont realize that the change they so yearn for is within them.Through our Lifeskills,sports and arts programmes we provide that space where they can build power within themselves to work and tackle their problems.We help them become witnesses and advocates of their own conditions,we build a family with its own rules and they reveal their crude realities through poems,stories and songs.They start re-imagining their lives.This is possible because we dont walk alone,we walk together with you and you push us closer to our dream lives.

Lifeskills session
Lifeskills session
Games time
Games time
Games time
Games time
our future stars
our future stars
Our Automechanics girls
Our Automechanics girls
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

SAFE SPACES ORGANIZATION AFRICA

Location: NAIROBI - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.safespaces-nairobi.org/​
Project Leader:
PENINAH MUSYIMI
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.