The 25th of November is the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls. The 16 days following this leading up to the 10th of December- Human Rights Day are marked by 16 days of activism and raising awareness about gender-based violence.
We are hoping to use these 16 days to raise awareness of sexual violence in Kenya and the work that our project does to support young girls who have been abused at some point in their lives. We would love to raise enough money for the girls' school fees for each of the 9 girls who live at the Maisha Safe House so that they can go to school for the year 2020.
Maisha Girls’ Safe House is a registered charitable trust which was founded in 2015 to respond to the epidemic of sexual violence towards young girls in Kenya.
The Safe House was created to be safe accommodation for girls and young women who cannot remain at home or are at risk of homelessness. This is because they have been or are “at-risk” of being sexually abused.
Maisha (meaning ‘life’ in Swahili) currently homes 20 girls and young women aged between 1-20 years old, and we are currently looking to raise funds for 9 of these girls so that they can attend school in the new year as fortunately, sponsors have already been secured for 11 of the girls. The project is the first of its kind in Kenya to support girls who have experienced sexual abuse at some point in their lives.
1 in 3 girls in Kenya will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. Without education, it is highly unlikely that the girls will ultimately live a life free from abuse. In Kenya, over half of the secondary school-age girls are not enrolled in secondary education. With an education, the opportunities to escape poverty and end the cycle of abuse can become a reality.
There are currently 9 girls living at the Maisha Safe House. These girls have worked hard and have overcome many challenges in the hopes of achieving a better life for themselves and their children, through educational opportunities.
However, they cannot continue their journey without your support. Unfortunately, Maisha relies entirely on the generosity of well-wishers to continue to support the girls. Staff is unpaid and all funds are spent entirely towards the girls' education and educational resources, sanitary products, health care, and insurance, food, rent of the shelter and transport.
The girls have until January 2020 to pay their school fees for the first term or else they will lose their places and will have to drop out of education. The amount needed for the year is £435 GBP each. You can help these girls by making a contribution and ensuring that they are able to reach their full potential.
To follow our journey and to learn more about the Safe House please 'like' our Facebook page @maishasafesisters