It is early Wednesday morning, and I am with my two daughters. We navigate Nairobi’s tangled traffic and pulsing central business district on our way to visit the Maisha Girls’ Safe House. We are only approximately 20 minutes from bustling downtown Nairobi and immediately sense that this is a truly safe space for the dozens of girls who call it home. It is our first visit here and I can already tell that, besides excitement, there is something different moving in me.
Author: Patrick Odongo (Patrick Odongo)
Kenya has been ranked as the third poorest lower-middle-income country globally according to the latest report released by the World Bank titled State of Economic Inclusion Report 2021. The report revealed that over 40 percent of Kenyans live in extreme poverty, 17 percent higher than Zimbabwe which has previously been regarded as one of the poorest countries in the world.....
Six months ago today I was ordained a Catholic priest… yes… you read that correctly! Don’t know about you, but it does not feel like it was half a year ago. Time moves strangely these days.
25th of July was a special day for the Jump Rope family. Impelled by our mantra “Jumping into a better future”, we sought to share our giftedness with Maisha Safe House family. We were linked to Maisha safe house family by Mr. Patrick Odongo, who is the Director of Ugali Youth. We were aware that although the Covid-19 pandemic had had a serious negative impact on the urban poor, there was still ‘a silent majority’ of vulnerable people, ‘a special category of poor’ who were being left out in most mitigation efforts.........
Kenyan Safe Houses overwhelmed during coronavirus pandemic.
In Kenya, sexual abuse of women and girls has soared since the coronavirus outbreak. As the country is struggling with a lack of safe houses, privately run shelters are essential for the victims. DW reporter Edith Kimani visited one of them.
"My visit to Maisha girls safe house was one of the most important things I experienced in Kenya and it continues to strengthen my heart. Life is a gift the house provides in a community that turns sadness and trauma into joy. I am a witness to love, joy, and new life." Joshua SJ
We are pleased to announce that the Ordination of Joshua M. Peters, SJ, will take place Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 12:30pm Eastern time. Bishop Donald Hanchon, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit, will preside at the ordination.
The safe house mission is to reach out, receive and protect girls in the most vulnerable situations of sexual violence and abuses. Maisha girls Safe house project was initiated in the sprawling slums of Majengo, Pumwani, and the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya in 2014. It was then registered as a community project in the year 2015 by financial support of well-wisher from Drammen, Norway.
The safe house hosts young girls and young women who have survived sexual related violations in most cases abused and kicked out of their homes by either abusive parents or relatives. Maisha girls have been rescued from various violations, while others ran away from the daily abuses with no family, no support, and no one to turn to but the safe house.
"I want you to study hard so that you can rescue our family from poverty. Your father and I are poor and the only gift we can give you is an education. You are intelligent. Rise up and make your lives meaningful. I gave birth to you and I know you have what it takes to make it in life. Work hard my children."
Sadly, this year World Jumprope Championships which was to be held in Cleveland, USA from June 23-28 was cancelled due to Covid-19 but Michelle and her teammates keep practicing hard with high hopes for next year.