By Lillian Mang'ong'o - Community Outreach Officer
Girls at TAGS Shelter
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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