Inspired by Mothers

Written by admin on May 5, 2015

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 a baby girl. She keeps my heart beating—the look in […]

Pray for Peace in Kenya

Written by admin on April 7, 2015

  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 one of us.   They were […]

Honoring Mothers

Written by admin on April 6, 2015

Join Freely in Hope for an intimate brunch to honor the mothers who have given us hope. Invite a mother, a mother-figure, a daughter, a sister, a friend—all are invited to honor the mothers who have inspired us. Brunch includes a two-course prix fixe menu, a non-alcoholic beverage and a special gift. We have all known incredible women in our lives. The women who have birthed us, taught us and […]

We are filled with hope.

Written by admin on December 27, 2014

  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 who are survivors of defilement, Facilitated discussions on […]

There is always hope.

Written by admin on December 22, 2014

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. Yet despite residing in places of darkness, Freely in Hope […]

International Day of the Girl

Written by admin on December 9, 2014

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 her story—a survivor of rape and forced prostitution, she found […]

Ending the Cycle of Violence

Written by admin on October 1, 2014

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. This year, the official theme is Focusing on the Adolescent […]

Art + Transformation

Written by admin on August 26, 2014

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 out their amazing reflections of transformation! “My picture represents my […]

4 Years of Hope

Written by admin on June 10, 2014

We’re turning 4! Join us in celebrating the success of our scholars in Kenya and Zambia. 4 YEARS OF HOPE SUNDAY, JULY 13, 4 – 7 PM ALL GOOD PIZZA | 1605 JERROLD ST. SAN FRANCISCO, CA BIRTHDAY PICNIC Pizza provided by All Good Pizza—where food and community meet in Bayview Hunters Point. Drinks provided by Xing Tea. LIVE MUSIC WITH RACHEL CHAN Rachel Chan is a singer-songwriter with music filled with […]

On Motherhood

Written by admin on May 8, 2014

There is nothing in life that make me feel more proud than being called “mom.” My son makes me feel complete—every time I feel overwhelmed in remembering my past, I look into my baby’s eyes and I rise. I rise again in hope knowing that I will continue to overcome challenges that come my way. To all mothers who are reading this, we know that motherhood is not an easy task. […]

Our 2013 Highlights

Written by admin on December 29, 2013

 We accepted three new girls into our scholarship program in Kenya! Eunice was hired as an addictions counselor with an international organization! Eugene, Eunice’s son, graduated from Kindergarten and is excited to be in First Grade!  Clair was at the top of her mass communications class after her very first semester in college! Mary graduated with her law degree and was accepted into the Kenya School of Law! Martha finished […]

Turning Our Dreams into Celebrations

Written by admin on November 30, 2013

Three years ago, Freely in Hope was just a BIG DREAM.   I knew that God was tugging on my heart to minister to the hurting. After going through my own hurt—walking through pain from my family and the heartache of a broken engagement, God constantly caused my path to cross with hurting women—family rejection, betrayal, emotional and physical abuse. Because of my experiences, I identified with most of these […]

Giving Well : A Holiday Gift Guide

Written by admin on November 28, 2013

After a garment factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangledesh, I wrote a response on my bad habits and how often my identity gets wrapped up in something other than what I am striving to represent. I realized that I should not let someone else’s poverty validate my own sense of “dignity” for the sake of being in-style. Since then, I made a commitment to do extensive research on the ethics of a […]

The Sacrificial Love — A Mother’s Call

Written by admin on May 11, 2013

Marion, her grandmother and her mother visiting together in Kakamega, Kenya.   By Marion Ndeta, Co-Founder + Program Manager    We will all remember the earthquake that tore China in 2008. One particular story from the ruins that had become China gripped my heart to this day. The story “a mother’s sacrificial love in the China earthquake,” (Angel K.Y. Chau; May 28, 2008). The story goes as such; When the rescuers […]

Make an impact this Mother’s Day

Written by admin on April 14, 2013

This Mother’s Day, Freely In Hope is partnering with Atiliay to provide custom-made cards that are a lovely and meaningful gift for any mom this Mother’s Day. 49% of the proceeds from these cards will go directly to Freely In Hope’s Arise Scholarship Program.By purchasing these cards as a gift to a mom in your life, you are giving Freely In Hope scholars, many of whom are young moms themselves, the opportunity […]