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.