Project #91 | Education & Skills for Girls in Kenya
Our partnership with Heshima Kenya
Young and unaccompanied refugee girls are among the most vulnerable yet invisible populations in the world, often suffering from the loss of their families as well as traumatic cases of kidnapping, rape, trafficking, and torture. This project directly empowers and advocates for 30 refugee girls and young women in Nairobi through the Girls’ Empowerment Project (GEP), an education program that not only teaches basic literacy, but also valuable life skills, vocational training, and financial literacy. They are invited to join a seven-month tailoring course and eventually the Maisha Collective, an entrepreneurship-training program where participants learn how to operate a small business. Through this holistic program, these girls and young women have the opportunity to become change-makers in their communities, reversing the effects of war and poverty.
Hamazia was forced to flee her home country of Ethiopia due to persecution based on her family’s political affiliations. Like many other solo female refugees, her vulnerability was preyed on, and she was sexually assaulted before reaching Nairobi. Upon arriving with her newborn in the spring of 2015, she was referred to Heshima Kenya, where she was immediately provided shelter and protection in the Safe House, as well as trauma counseling and medical care.
Despite experiencing violence and hardship, Hamazia is now thriving. She was thrilled to be able to resume her education, immediately enrolling in a vocational training course in addition to the basic curriculum. After graduating from vocational training in August, Hamazia enrolled in Heshima Kenya’s social enterprise, the Maisha Collective. Through the monthly stipend that she earns, Hamazia is now self-sufficient.
With Heshima Kenya’s help, Hamazia has been empowered and strengthened as a proactive, independent woman. Hamazia is incredibly proud of the fruits of her hard work and thankful for the many opportunities provided for her and her baby.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement. Special thanks to Halo Group.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our human trafficking fund.