Freely in Hope is a (501)c3 nonprofit organization and is funded entirely by the generous
support of people, churches and corporations passionate about funding
holistic academic opportunities for survivors of sexual violence. Join us!
Freely in Hope is a faith-based nonprofit organization focused on restoring dignity
with survivors of sexual violence through holistic educational opportunities
and platforms for dreams to be fulfilled.
1 in 3 women are survivors of sexual or domestic violence worldwide. Nairobi Women’s Hospital reports that every 30 minutes, a woman is raped in Kenya. Yet despite the oppressive stigmas, survivors of sexual violence embody a powerful sense of hope—the hope that transformation, restoration, and liberation is possible.
Nikole Lim is a speaker, educator, and consultant on leveraging dignity through the restorative art of storytelling. Nikole shifts paradigms on how stories are told by platforming voices of the oppressed—sharing stories of beauty arising out of seemingly broken situations. Her heart beats for young women whose voices are silenced by oppression and desires to see every person realize the transformative power of their own story. As our Founder and International Director, Nikole has been deeply transformed by the powerful, tenacious, and awe-inspiring examples of survivors. Their audacious dreams have informed her philosophy for a survivor-led approach to community transformation.
Nikole graduated with a degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and is currently pursuing a masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a native of the Bay Area and can often be found buying African fabric on the streets of Nairobi. Her vision is to equip survivors and advocates to lead in ending the cycle of sexual violence—believing that they will be the ones to bring us all into liberation. In it, her hope is that the world may be transformed by them—just as she has.
Trizah Waiyaki is passionate about helping organizations and individuals reach their highest potential by establishing systems and structures that facilitate growth and sustainability. She has 8 years of experience working with different organizations and being part of their growth and impact journeys. She finds joy in helping young people discover their God-given potential and begin to live fulfilling and impactful lives. As the Operations and Development Director, she dreams of helping build a strong, passionate community of survivor-leaders whose daily pursuit is to use their combined strengths and stories to end the cycle of sexual violence.
Her first degree is a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and she is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership at Africa International University. She is grateful for the gift of motherhood and enjoys spending time with her 5-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. If she wasn’t doing what she’s doing, she reckons, she would have been a musician.
Lydia is passionate about building platforms for survivors and advocates to be leaders in their communities. As Freely in Hope’s Violence Prevention Coordinator, she coordinates, designs, and implements programs that exemplify best practices on ending the cycle of sexual violence. Lydia has four years of vast experience in program design, implementation, and community outreach. Her reach has extended from Kibera, East Africa’s largest slum, to Samburu, a rural desert region that still practices female genital mutilation. Lydia is passionate about mentoring young people—especially those affected by sexual violence. She equips survivors to unlock their potential into their calling.
Lydia is currently pursuing her bachelors degree in Gender and Development Studies at a university in Nairobi. She serves as a board member of Garden of Hope Foundation, a local nonprofit that builds sustainable communities through leadership development and youth empowerment in marginalized communities in Kenya. She loves music—creating it, singing it, and dancing to it. Nothing can stop her.
Sarafina is passionate about ending prostitution in Kenya’s slums. Having worked in the streets, she truly understands the risks and challenges of prostitution. She dreams of creating a safer world for women and girls who work in prostitution by helping them realize other options of work based on the different skills they possess.
As Freely in Hope’s Peer Educator, Sarafina visits Nairobi’s brothels and clubs to reach out to women in prostitution and encourages them to join the Malkia program where they can co-create a safe space to share their experiences with each other, drive the process of rehabilitation, and assume ownership over their lives. When not working, Sarafina enjoys baking and spending time with her son.
Joan’s great passion is helping those who have been through traumatic experiences. She tirelessly supports their journey toward healing—ultimately helping them rediscover themselves as strong dignified individuals. As a counselor with Freely in Hope, she believes in empowering survivors through various methods of therapy, including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, to help raise the next generation of survivor-leaders who will champion the end of violence.
Joan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Daystar University in Kenya with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. For over 7 years, she has had the privilege of working with different institutions to prevent violence against women. Outside of work, she loves reading a good book and taking nature drives.
Pauline is passionate about seeing every woman respected and dignity restored. As the Freely in Hope Social Worker, she ensures our scholars are holistically supported to thrive. She also works under the Malkia Outreach Program—providing a safe space for women in prostitution. As a survivor and a mother, she is passionate about seeing every woman understand their purpose in life despite what they have gone through. Using her life experience, she loves mentoring women in prostitution and those that have been abused. Pauline is a mother to a handsome boy in his third year of high school. She loves cooking, playing card games with her son, meeting new people and giving hope to women in prostitution.
Eric brings a broad background in consulting, startup, real estate, nonprofit and ministry. After starting his career at a large consulting firm, Eric has increasingly pursued opportunities to serve people through closer relationships and make an impact on the world, most recently serving in a full-time ministry position with his church.
Eric’s education is in Economics, Sociology and Business. He lives in San Mateo, CA with his wife Jennifer and their four little princesses: Jordan, Chloe, Riley and Emma. Eric and Jennifer engage with and support missions and nonprofits that also primarily invest in the lives of individuals not the masses.
Rev. Romal Tune’s entire professional career has been in service to local, national and international issued-based advocacy organizations working to improve the lives of those in need. Whether organizing congregations across the country around poverty and children’s issues or meeting with Members of Congress to be a voice for the underserved, Rev. Tune always uses his passion, intellect and faith to bring the voice of those left out of the political process to bear on public policy and in their communities.
Rev. Tune is a sought-after speaker by prominent political, religious and grassroots organizations, including the Congressional Black Caucus, Faith and Politics Institute, United Way Worldwide, and the Democratic National Committee. His book “God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens” was released June 2013. For book details visit www.RomalTune.com
Mrs. Davis holds an MPhil in Justice and Transformation (Peace and Conflict Resolution Concentration) from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, a Master of Public Policy (International Development Concentration) from American University in Washington D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Davidson College in Davidson, NC. Jessica and her husband Kurt currently live between Nairobi, Kenya and Dubai, UAE.
Bigad Shaban is a senior investigative reporter at NBC Bay Area. His influential and in-depth reports have earned him the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism, including the Peabody, duPont-Columbia University Award, and six Emmys.
Bigad’s work has prompted government hearings, police investigations, and changes in state and local law. As part of a two-year investigation into the misuse of campus police officers, Bigad exposed a disturbing trend within the education system that captured the attention of top White House officials and spurred security changes across 34 schools – impacting 67,000 students.
Bigad’s reporting has taken him all across America and abroad – from covering flood concerns in Pakistan, to leading covering of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as a network correspondent for CBS News. Bigad has previously worked in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and eastern Iowa. He is now based in San Francisco.
Jessica’s passion is to help women struggling with trauma and poverty to know their inherent worth and to have hope for their futures. Jessica graduated from UCLA in 2008 with a degree in International Development Studies. Her experience includes staff work with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, non-profit consulting for domestic and international organizations, and directing a transitional shelter for homeless, pregnant women in Los Angeles. She is a strategic leader, a storyteller, and an advocate for cross-cultural reconciliation. Jessica is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Nonprofit Management from NYU Wagner. She loves Vietnamese food, her husband, and a good cup of tea
Financial Crime Professional and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist
Rev. Sonji (affectionately called Rev. Short) has a heart for the broken, marginalized and underserved of the world. She is a licensed and ordained minister of the Gospel; has over 20 years of experience in HIV/AIDS education and prevention; and extensive anthropologic and cross-cultural sensitivity training. Her availability and obedience to God in serving His “daughters” has taken her beyond the USA to several continents such as Asia, Africa and South America. It is her greatest joy to walk with young women on a journey of hope, healing and restoration towards a life of dignity, purpose, value and wholeness. She has served as a Cross Cultural Worker in Kenya for over 10 years.
Marion is a Professional Therapist with experience in offering trauma and supportive therapy to sexually, physically and domestic assaulted survivors and their caregivers. She has worked in settings such as hospitals and prisons. She is passionate and proactive in ensuring the welfare of children and adults is holistically supported—regardless of their gender, creed, or race. She facilitates training in different settings advocating for equal rights and is actively involved in creating gender-based violence awareness through media campaigns and community sensitization.Marion believes that we are born into this world for the sake of extending God’s love and a helping hand to those who are vulnerable in our communities. She comes from years of experience at Gender Violence Recovery Centre of the Nairobi Women’s Hospital. She is pursuing her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy majoring in Child and Adolescent and Parenting Education.
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