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 16 girls and young women aged between 1-20 years old. 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 secondary school age girls are not enrolled in secondary education. With an education, the opportunities of escaping the poverty, and ending the cycle of abuse can become a reality.
Sara and Nola are two of the girls who currently reside at the Maisha Safe House. These girls have worked hard and have overcome many challenges in the hopes of achieving better life for themselves and their children, through educational opportunities.
However, Sara and Nola cannot continue their journey without your support. Unfortunately Maisha relies entirely on the generosity of well-wishers to continue to support the girls. Staff are 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 the end of January 2018 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 57,000 Kenyan Shillings / £403 GBP each. You can help Sara and Nola by making a contribution and ensuring that they are able to reach their full potential. Any additional funds raised will be used to contribute to the remaining 14 girls' who reside at the Safe House school fees.
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