SAFE SPACES GLOBAL GIVING MINI REPORT Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Safe Spaces is a project run for and by adolescent girls and young women in the Eastlands slums of Nairobi, Kenya. The project offers female youth a safe space for discussion and exchange around the unique challenges they face as they grow through adolescence into womanhood, to build upon a diverse range of life skills education while creating a platform for sports and artistic expression through theatre, dance, creative writing and photography.
Safe Spaces is a forum through which adolescent girls and young females have the opportunity to express themselves, to build confidence, knowledge of self and leadership skills. This is a space where the young women of today collect the paintbrushes they need to paint the picture of their world, and help them to create their vision of the world of tomorrow.
The money raised by well-wishers and donors help support the girls in day to day steps towards what they want to achieve in life in future. The girls are able to stay in school and learn without fearing that day of the month when previously they had to stay home due to lack of sanitary towels. They are also able to get secondary education through the well-wishers support. This gives them more confidence to face the life challenges of tomorrow.
The girls are able to learn a new sport (basketball) which was perceived as the sport of the rich people and which is unpopular in the slums through the support of the well-wishers. As a result, the girls have been able to play in a local NBA (Nairobi Basketball Association) league which is a platform for corporate bodies and banks to get talented players to play for their teams and that is one way Safe Spaces is trying to eradicate poverty and empowering the girls to be independent. So far two girls have gotten jobs through this platform. Having proper kits for the game is motivating for the girls and we thank our well-wishers for their support in having the correct kits for the games and making it possible for the girls to get to the league matches through the transport support.
The girls have increased their self-esteem and confidence with themselves through the life skills and reproductive health trainings and awareness hence building leadership skills. All this would not have been possible without your support. We hope our partnership will be mutual and we are holding hands together for the welfare of the disadvantaged girls and community as a whole for development.
We are so grateful for your support and we hope to continue working together towards this noble course.
“I am now a qualified peer educator and I have taken the role of facilitating to the young girls in the program” MACHESO 16 YRS
“Through the program I have been introduced to a new sport which relates its drills to life skills and it helps me know how to go about my challenges as a girl growing up in the slum.” IRENE AWINO 12 YRS
“I was afraid of going to school when I was having my monthly period because I was using old rags which were uncomfortable but not anymore as I get sanitary pads from Safe Spaces every month and am so happy because I don’t miss school anymore.” GRACE NYOKABI 13 YRS