Here at GlobalGiving, we promise to be transparent with our donor community and maintain the high quality of projects on our site. In keeping with that promise, I have some news to share with you today about an organization you’ve supported on GlobalGiving.
We were recently alerted to a sexual abuse incident at CDTD as well as concerns about the way constituent needs are managed at the organization. The following statement is from CDTD Founder & CEO Edith Murogo on the situation that occurred and in no way reflects the views or opinions of GlobalGiving:
“I wish to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support that you have accorded the Centre for Domestic Training and Development(CDTD) which runs the Talia Agler Girls Shelter (TAGS) in Nairobi Kenya. The shelter exists in memory of the late Talia Agler – who interned with CDTD in 2006 and who remains the most outstanding intern of all time due to her love and dedication to the work of CDTD. For the past 5 years, we at CDTD have been encouraged and inspired by your kindness and generosity towards a cause that we hold very dear.
Unfortunately, in August last year, one of the girls in our shelter program reported that she was defiled (raped) by the night guard who works for the security company contracted to provide security at the shelter. In terms of capacity, CDTD has a 24 hour security service complete with day and night guards and an electric fence. The shelter has a capacity of 30 girls and is staffed by a team of 7.
The girl did not speak with anyone and only shared this experience with some girls when she started noticing some changes in her body. The other children reported the incident to the staff on duty who then notified CDTD’s director immediately. We reported this case to the nearest police station and the culprit was arrested within 24 hours. He was presented in court and charged with the offence of defilement and the matter is now before court.
Following this incidence, in the spirit of partnership CDTD contacted all its shelter partners in Nairobi and notified them of what had happened and am happy to say that they have been very supportive.We have been very grateful for the support that we have received and the lessons that we continue to learn from this incident which has a lot of implications for our work.”
GlobalGiving has completed an investigation into this case and has decided to remove CDTD from the fundraising platform at this time. GlobalGiving believes that organizations can grow and learn from such experiences and we hope to welcome CDTD back the GlobalGiving community after it addresses these organizational challenges.
We are committed to ensuring that our donors have meaningful experiences on GlobalGiving. We will keep you updated if our decision changes in light of new information that comes to our attention. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about CDTD, your donation, or GlobalGiving’s vetting and investigation processes, please don’t hesitate to contact me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org.