Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Grant Amount: $50,000 - Over Two Years
Program Website: www.heshimakenya.org/index.php
Areas of Impact: Education, Leadership
Mission of Heshima Kenya
Identifying and protecting separated and orphaned refugee children and youth living in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Girl’s Empowerment Project (GEP) is Heshima Kenya’s informal education program designed for young refugee women and girls, aged 13-23 years old. It provides opportunities for basic education, livelihood options, human rights education and cultivates leadership skills within a safe and supportive community. The curriculum, which consists of 4 transitional components encompassing basic education, life-skills training, vocational training and income-generation support, is specifically designed to address the challenges faced by these girls by providing a safe space, daycare, meals, transportation to and from site, and access to Heshima's other programs. DFW will support 150 girls.
Why We Love This Project
We love this program because it serves a group of women and girls that are often ignored or relegated to the sidelines. It teaches them many things: human rights, leadership and vocational skills - the very things needed to empower them to move up and out of their refugee status and become self-sufficient.