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Category: Blog, Events, Storytelling

International Day of the Girl

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!

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Freely in Hope scholars shared their stories about sexual violence and how they are now celebrating their rewritten stories. Clair (pictured) shared her story—a survivor of rape and forced prostitution, she found hope after excelling in her first semester of college with Freely in Hope.

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Our friends from International Justice Mission and Nairobi Women’s Hospital Gender Violence Recovery Center educated us on women’s rights and the resources they provide for women and children who have been sexually abused.

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Freely in Hope scholars facilitated group discussions to foster a safe space for students to share their stories on the prevalence of violence in their homes, schools and communities.

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Students were given opportunities to share their ideas for how students, nonprofits and government organizations can all work together to prevent abuse and re-abuse in their communities.

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All students were given resource cards to share with their friends containing contact information for various community organizations who provide health care, counseling, rescue, legal advocacy, education and mentoring in Kenya.

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40% of funds raised for our #IDG2014 Summit will continue giving throughout 2015 to help Freely in Hope provide scholarships, counseling, health care and leadership development seminars for high school girls who attended the Summit.

Thanks to all of our supporters who made our first #IDG2015 Summit possible!