This is a progress report from Talia Agler Girls Shelter (TAGS), a safe haven for trafficked and abused girls in Kenya. From January 2013 to May 2013 the TAGS has benefited 33 girls and 21 of them being new cases. We have provided them with, literacy classes, home management skills, life skills, medical services, counseling, and formal education and where possible family reunion. We are very grateful for the support you have given these girls, which has enabled them to be empowered and in future be productive members of society.
Summary of girls assisted:
We rescued 10 victims of Trafficking, 13 Sexual Abused, 6 Domestic Child labourers, and 4 Unaccompanied Refugee Minors.
Out of these, the reintegrated were 5 victims of Trafficking, 3 Sexual Abused, 1 Domestic Child Labour, and 4 Unaccompanied Minors.
The total number of reintegrated cases was 13.
In this report we wish to share with you the success story of one of our beneficiaries: Mary (not her real name)
”My name is Mary from Ethiopia, and I am 16 years old. I was brought to Kenya by a lady who promised me education, but I became a domestic laborer. My day started at 2:00 am to pick khat “miraa”, milk the cows and supply the milk to local hotels. The lady I lived with would beat me and call me names. When she went to visit her husband in another town, she locked me in the house for days until she returned. One day I decided to runaway and seek help in a neighbor’s house. Then the neighbor took me to the area chief. I stayed in the police cell for three weeks while I waited for assistance. I was then referred to Talia Agler Girls Shelter (TAGS). At TAGS I have been able to go to Bahati North Primary School, and I am performing very well in class seven. I am happy that I can achieve my dreams.”
This report is dedicated to all of you great people who have continued to support the vision of the Talia Agler Girls' Shelter (TAGS) in Nairobi, Kenya. The TAGS was dedicated to the loving memory of the wonderful Talia Agler by the Centre for Domestic Training and Development, following her death in January, 2012. We are very grateful to all of you for the support that you have continued to give us in the implementation of our project targeting trafficked and abused girls. As we reflect on the year that was, we wish to share with you the following highlights of 2012:
A total of 47 girls were rescued in 2012.
33 out of the 47 girls were reintegrated or reunited with family
6 girls have been placed in boarding schools (5 in primary school while 1 girl is in secondary school) so that they can continue with their education as their families are not able to support them
8 of the remaining girls are awaiting family tracing at the shelter while they benefit from inhouse counselling and basic education.
In 2013, CDTD wishes to reach out to more girls in need and offer them holistic care and protection. We are confident that with your support we shall reach at least 60 girl victims of trafficking and other abuses. Please feel encouraged as you give for every cent counts.
This year we look forward to raising more friends so please help us to get your friends involved so that we can assist most needy girls whose dreams have been shattered.
This report documents updates from the Talia Agler Girls Shelter(TAGS) – A Girls shelter Based within Nairobi metropolitan which provides a safe and stable living environment, education, basic life skills training, health screening, referrals and assistance with family reunion or appropriate placement beyond the shelter to trafficked and abused girls. Between September and November 30th 2012, the TAGS benefited 17 girls aged between 11- 18 years old. Of these, 3 girls have babies – one born at the shelter and is adorable. During this period the following services were provided to rescued girls using funds from our supporters:
All 17 girls together with the 3 babies have received nutritional meals and supplements
Medical check-ups were provided to all the girls while medical treatment was offered to 10 of the girls. The babies all attend clinic at the community hospital.
All 17 girls have benefitted from professional counseling services some being offered by partner organizations
All the girls received basic needs and personal effects
3 girls were re-united with family after successful home visits were conducted to ensure that they could go back home. They will go back to school in January 2013 through TAGS support.
One workshop was held in the community to educate on child protection and how to safeguard the rights of children
2 girls are attending the local primary school pending re-union with family
According to the Shelter Manager demand for the services provided at TAGS is high, with the partners calling daily with new reports of underage girls being rescued from trafficking, physical abuse and rape. Unfortunately, the Shelter cannot take all of them in due to limited space and resources. But for those who enter the gates of the Shelter, it is a sanctuary, and the services provided offer a chance for rehabilitation and healing.
We take this opportunity to thank you for all your support to the TAGS. Your commitment to strengthen the potentiality of the less privileged through advocacy, temporary shelter, skills training, psycho-social support and economic empowerment in order to become productive members of the society is valuable to us and is greatly appreciated.
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