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Support Trafficked & Abused girls in Kenya

by Centre for Domestic Training and Development
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Support Trafficked & Abused girls in Kenya
Support Trafficked & Abused girls in Kenya
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At Talia Agler Girls Shelter (TAGS) we believe that a safe and secure family will provide trafficked and abused girls with the best environment to develop holistically. Reintegration is one of TAGS 4R's Model of Reach, Rescue, Rehabilitate and Reintegrate. It is the process of a separated child making what is anticipated to be a permanent transition back to her family and community of origin in order to receive protection and care, find a sense of belonging and purpose in all spheres of their life. It is a complex, lengthy and costly process involving extensive preparation and follow -up support to TAGS beneficiaries and the caseworker provides adequate backing for successful reintegration.  In cases where there is fear of victimization reintegration is gradual.

Separation from carers causes a lot of harm to victims of trafficking and abuse; they lack attachment and this deteriorates their development. Families and victims change during the period of separation e.g. the death of a family member and beneficiaries may need support to cope with different family dynamics. Separation may have been caused by a lack of capacity to look after children well, and parents/caregivers need support rebuilding confidence and learning parenting skills.

While these girls are at TAGS we carry out family tracing to assess the family’s needs and establish if it is safe for the girl to return back to her family/community. We involve families and the girl in all the stages of the process to ensure that the girl gets support when she is back to her place of origin. During the visits the caseworker commences a Family conference to prepare the family to receive the girl. She ensures that reintegration is done at a girl’s own pace and works in the best interest of the girl.

For effective reintegration TAGS involves relevant Government Authorities, Community Leaders/Members, NGO’s and other systems such as Education, Vocational Skills Training Institutions and Social Protection. After reintegration the caseworker carries out monitoring and follow ups through Community Volunteers/ Leaders and Area Children Officers to ensure that the girl is adjusting positively to her new environment.

Reintegration is a very costly process but provides long-term positive effects to victims. With your funding we have been able to reintegrate girls with their place of origin and in some cases empower the families to continue supporting these girls.

Like us, I am sure you will be encouraged by Mary's gratefullnes when she said on arriving home, "Thank you to all those who have made it possible for me to be re-united with my grandmother. May God Bless you all."

Would you help us to continue re-uniting girls with their families? 

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We are thrilled with the support you are according us in empowering our beneficiaries. Every day teens are victims of violations against their human rights. At TAGS we rescue expectant girls (some are victims of forced migration) and they are provided with accommodation, psychosocial support, safe motherhood and medical care. We have initiated a program for our young mothers where they can acquire vocational skills while raising their babies. There is someone who is watching over their babies while they go to class and the babies are breastfed before going to class, during tea break and at lunch time. After classes they take care of their children. We have provided them with two rooms at the institute; one is their bedroom and the other is a room where their babies can play. At the institute, the cook prepares balanced meals for the young mothers and their babies.

Our rehabilitation process will be holistic with this new opportunity as transition from TAGS to skills training then reintegration to the community for our young mothers. It has been a challenge equipping these young mothers with skills because there are very few institutions in our country that allow students in their institution with babies. These babies are still breastfeeding and we felt that as much as we want their mothers to get skills we also have to act in the best interest of their babies. With this program they will be economically empowered to cater for their needs and those of their babies and be a voice for tomorrow to empower other young mothers going through the same circumstances.

“I am so excited to be able to learn and raise my son at the same time. I really appreciate Talia Agler Girls Shelter for walking with me from the time I was defiled, during pregnancy, Childbirth and the continued support to me and my baby. I have no relative in Kenya and TAGS has been my family.” Sophie (Not her real name) a victim of forced Migration and Sexual Abuse.

At the institute they will undergo a two months pre-training course which entails communication skills, labor education, entrepreneurship and life skills. They will later choose courses of their interest and continue with their studies.

Statistics show that Kenya is one of the countries with a large number of adolescent pregnancies globally. Several factors, including peer pressure, rape, cultural practices, lack of sexual awareness and abuse of alcohol and drugs have been attributed to teenage pregnancies, but the biggest association is with poverty.

Walk this journey with the young mothers by donating on https://goto.gg/10912 and make a difference in two children’s lives.


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The answer is simple! It has taken all of us supporting in one way or another.  We are most grateful for your support because without it, we could not have been able to support most vulnerable and deserving girls to go back to school. Not just to go back to school but also to remain in school and complete their studies!   From a humble beggining of sponsoring 8 girls in 2013, we have now grown our sponsorship fund to benefit 61 girls in 2016 learning at different levels. This year more than ever before, we have been more ambitious with our goal of 'Educate a girl build a Nation" and have increased this number eightfold as illustrated herebelow:-

  • Primary school Boarding      - 14
  • Primary Day School            - 20
  • Secondary school                 -9
  • Tertiary Institutions                -3
  • Vocational Skills Training      -15

Supporting girls to go to school requires school fees and levies, uniforms, provision of classroom materials, personal items, school visits and psychosocial support to the girls and their families among others. 

We need your support for us to succeed in our endevours of returning and supporting more girls to stay in school.  Your donation means a lot to us and our beneficiaries and it will go along way in helping us educate one girl at a time.  I take this opportunity to invite you to continue supporting us give girls the only thing that can make a difference in their lives - Education!

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Academic report from the teacher
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THANK YOU FOR WALKING WITH US

Greetings from TAGS during this festive season!!!!

It is with utmost humility that we express our gratitude for your unfailing support towards the Talia Agler girls’ shelter, and therefore making the world a better place for these girls. Thank you for believing in our cause and putting a smile on the girls faces.

Halima is one of our beneficiaries who trained in Hairdressing and Beauty. She graduated on 20Th November, 2015 and she is on attchment in a local salon..

Her words,

“Without you where would I be? You gave me hope when all was lost. I’m glad someone like you could help me to get through my afflictions. I am everything I am because of your love .Thank you for what you did you didn’t have to do it.”

Happy holidays and a prosperous 2016.

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Greetings from Talia Agler Girls Shelter (TAGS) in Nairobi, Kenya.
In this report we wish to highlight our achievements since we started our shelter program for trafficked and abused girls in January 2012. You have walked the journey with us and deserve to know how we are doing So far.

Overall, we have assisted 279 girls through our 4R model of Reach, Rescue, Rehabilitate and Reintegrate. All the rescued girls received basic needs, shelter, medical screening, counseling, Reproductive Health and Life skills training. At reintegration, young girls are returned to school while the older girls benefit from vocational skills training and job placement. We ensure that every girl is supported in a holistic manner so that they can recover from their traumatic experiences and become useful members of the society. So far;


a) 17 girls have been provided with formal education; 14 in primary school and 7 in High school.
b) 7 girls have sat for their national examinations – 2 “O” Levels and 5 primary school
c) 1 girl has joined a government sponsored tertiary institution and is pursuing a course in accounting.
d) 21 girls have joined vocational skills training and 4 have been given job placements.
e) 22 Unaccompanied minors have been referred to other agencies for further interventions.
f) 37 young mothers have been assisted so far, of these 19 girls were rescued while expectant while 18 had babies at the time of rescue.
g) 245 girls have been reintegrated/reunited with their families and linked with service providers in their home area for continuous monitoring and support.

As we come to the end of 2015 we take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for the support that you have accorded us over the years. Because of your support we have been able to provide services to girls in need and continue to do so.

Shall we close the year by meeting our target? we still have $37,462 to go before we can meet our target in donations.  This Giving Tuesday please help us to reach that target.  Spread the word to your friends and loved ones so that they too can join us in making a difference.  It is because of your support that we are able to continue with the work that we do.  Thank you very much for all that you do to keep us going!

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Centre for Domestic Training and Development

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Edith Murogo
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Edith Murogo
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya

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