MAISHA SAFE HOUSE MISSION:
Maisha safe house mission is to reach out, receive and protect girls in the most vulnerable situations of sexual violence and abuses.
PROVIDING SAFE SPACES FOR HEALING FROM ABUSE
In 2014, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, the Maisha Girls Safe House Project was initiated in the sprawling slums of Majengo, Pumwani. In 2015 it was registered as a community project through the financial support of a well-wisher from Drammen, Norway. In Kenya’s national language, Kiswahili, maisha means “life.” The Safe House hosts young women seeking a new life. Many have survived sexual violations, abuse, and have been kicked out of their homes by abusive parents or relatives. For some girls, new life involves being rescued from abusive scenarios while for others it means they ran away from them. The Safe House exists because we believe that no young woman should suffer daily abuses with no family, no support, and nowhere to turn.
Maisha Safe House fills a gap that is experienced by survivors of sexual violence. The Safe House offers young women opportunities for case management and community integration. Additionally, Maisha creates links to institutions assisting in rehabilitation, long term housing, treatment, education, and independence. While with us, the girls receive counselling, medical treatment, educational opportunities, temporary shelter, and have other immediate needs met.
Our care focuses on girls and young women between the ages of 11-24 years old. We also support girls with emergency needs, i.e. girls who are pregnant or girls with babies and no place to stay. The girls voluntarily join the Maisha family and are free to leave when they choose. Many stay throughout ongoing court proceedings, while others stay because of safety concerns or for fear of their lives.
Currently, Maisha Safe House is blessed to host 28 girls and 8 children who immediately need our love and support. We assist these young women as they break the chains of despair and unlock doors to mental, emotional and psychological freedom. Maisha Safe House girls need intensive, specialized services which are the foundation to their well-being.
We consider these services the foundation to freedom and support for living a fulfilled life:
- Safety & Basic Care- Shelter, food, clothing and security
- Counseling & Medical- Healing for wounded hearts and bodies
- Education & Training- Personalized education and vocational training plans
- Social Work & Legal Advocacy- Community social work and the pursuit of justice
For youth to succeed academically and develop emotionally, they must feel safe, loved, and valued. Under the unconditional loving care of Florence Keya, Maisha Safe House gives the girls what they require to grow into curious, confident, young women.
Your partnership empowers these girls to acquire the necessary building blocks for a foundation of sustainable freedom throughout their lives. Please join the fight against girl trafficking, domestic abuse, youth exploitation and sexual violence. Your generosity today offers these girls maisha – a strong foundation of love, hope and confidence in their new lives.
$55 can enable a youth facilitator to reach five schools in one month.
$60 provides food for one girl in the safe house for one month.
$100 supports group therapy sessions for 10 girls for one month.
$150 provides medical and health hygiene products to 10 girls for one month.
$200 invests in the education of one girl per academic term (semester).
$250 will contribute towards advocacy campaigns to keep girls in school.
$300 will provide vocational skills training to one youth.
$800 supports the operational costs of the safe house for 20 girls for one month.
“After running a girls program in my community for 6 years, I realized that there was a great need for a safe space for the girls to articulate the issues in our society. Maisha safe house idea started in my small house, the idea kept on growing in me as a girl child and then as a young womens’ rights defender. Having been brought up in Majengo slum, i felt it ideal to use my house as a temporary shelter and a safe space for fellow vulnerable girls.
I early on understood that when girls come to the safe house, they’re usually at their wit’s end— frustrated and don’t know where or who to turn to. All they needed at the time was an assuring voice of hope and a shoulder to lean and cry on. I was always willing to share the little love, hope and resources with my sisters in their time of need”