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.
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.
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.
Fears about coronavirus are gripping the world. Right now, you might feel like getting in your bed and hiding under the covers. Fortunately, there are timely messages out there that can help you get through from the Kenyan Jump Rope Champions. Stay safe during this time!