Freely in Hope’s annual International Day of the Girl Summit #IDG2015 brought together students, survivors, and practitioners to talk about ways to end the cycle of sexual violence in our communities. In the afternoon after our launch, we hosted 70 people including high school students from Kibera (East Africa’s largest slum), survivors of sexual violence from partnering organizations, and practitioners …View Post
On October 17, we celebrated five incredible years of restoring dignity with survivors of sexual violence in Nairobi—our scholars shared stories of their past full of pain that has now been redeemed through their audacious dreams of ending sexual violence through education, empowerment, and bold leadership. Their challenge to us was inspiring—to partner with them toward a community, a nation, …View Post
Freely in Hope’s presents its annual International Day of the Girl Summit October 17, 2015 Nairobi, Kenya In celebration of the International Day of the Girl, Freely in Hope is hosting its second International Day of the Girl Summit for students, survivors, and practitioners. This seminar will focus on healing the wounds of trauma for people with deep emotional and spiritual injuries …View Post
Inspired by Mothers
For years, God has graciously allowed me to serve and nurture young women in the Freely in Hope community. For this reason, I have always considered myself a mother. But recently, the meaning to this term took a completely new dimension—God allowed me the privilege to participate in his work of creation. Literally! Eight months ago, I gave birth to …View Post
Pray for Peace in Kenya
Many of you have reached out to us after the massacre at Garissa University College that happened on April 2. We are grateful for your care and your concern. We are also immensely grateful that all of our scholars are safe. We stand in solidarity with the families and friends of the 147 that have been martyred—they are not just a number, they are …View Post
We are filled with hope.
Through your support in 2014, we have… Funded holistic scholarships for 10 girls in high school and university, Hosted our first International Day of the Girl Summit with over 50 students and practitioners in Nairobi, Led workshops in academic institutions to educate on the power of storytelling with survivors of sexual violence, Led art therapy workshops with boys and girls …View Post
There is always hope.
Clair, Freely in Hope scholar, speaking to schoolgirls who have been rescued from female genital mutilation. KAJIADO, KENYA – I recently came back to California after spending 4 months with our Freely in Hope community in Kenya. The country has been in constant tension rampant with terrorist attacks, bus bombings, random shoot-outs, lootings and story after story of sexual violence. …View Post
Our #IDG2014 Recap Huge shout-out to all the donors that contributed to our first International Day of the Girl Summit in Nairobi, Kenya! We reached our $2,500 goal and you helped to make our first Summit a huge success! Freely in Hope scholars shared their stories about sexual violence and how they are now celebrating their rewritten stories. Clair (pictured) shared …View Post
Ending the Cycle of Violence Help us host our #IDG2014 Summit for 100 high school girls in Nairobi, Kenya! In 10 days, we are joining the UN and hundreds of organizations around the world to celebrate the International Day of the Girl! We are hosting our very first #IDG2014 Summit by bringing together 100 high school girls in Nairobi, Kenya. …View Post
Art + Transformation
Our annual retreat with our Freely in Hope scholars was held in Nairobi this year! Our scholars came from all over Kenya—Nairobi, Kakamega, and Garissa. We celebrated our hopes, values, and dreams together through art therapy, prayer, and fellowship—encouraging, strengthening, and affirming the transformation that has been happening within our lives. Scholars drew self-portraits to paint their stories—check …View Post