Our Model

We equip survivors and advocates to lead in ending sexual violence through our three-fold model:

HOLISTIC EDUCATION

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

STORYTELLING PLATFORMS

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Scholarships for Survivors

Holistic education funds high school and university scholarships, safe housing, emergency health care, trauma-focused counseling, and a safe community to learn, grow and heal together with.

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Survivor-Leaders Trained

Our survivor-leaders are trained in public speaking, group facilitation, program design, trauma healing, art therapy, storytelling, violence prevention and women’s rights

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People reached per year

We have reached people around the world including women in prostitution in Nairobi, international faith leaders in Barcelona, survivors of violence in Kathmandu, and victims of trafficking in San Francisco.

HOLISTIC EDUCATION

Freely in Hope Scholars and Fellows are are advocates of dignity, hope and justice for themselves and their communities.

In sub-Saharan Africa, fewer than one in five girls makes it to secondary school. Freely in Hope opens doors of opportunity for the most vulnerable to access education.

National Average vs. Freely in Hope’s Average (in Kenya)

20% of high school students finish all four years of high school

90% of Freely in Hope Scholars graduate from high school

4% of high school graduates enroll in higher education.

78% of Freely in Hope high school Scholars enroll in higher education.

40% post-college employment rate

100% of Freely in Hope college Scholars graduate and find employment within 1 month.

Sources: The Girl Effect, Women Deliver, UNESCO, UNICEF,

“As a future nurse, I hope to create a safe space for everyone to receive quality healthcare—especially survivors of sexual violence. Being a survivor, I would like to help others through the journey of healing and to help bring justice to the girl child.”

Alice, nursing

Freely in Hope Scholars are high school and university students with dreams of utilizing their education to end the cycle of sexual violence.

Clair

Dream: Media Producer

“My dream is to be a woman of impact and transform people’s lives by employing women out of prostitution. I will own a production studio to produce the stories of violence that happens in the slums—especially in my community where there is no justice. Through this, I believe that the government will be able to know about the injustices happening in the slums. I believe that the many women in the slums who suffer silently will finally have a voice.”

Clair is a fearless advocate for women’s rights. Having worked in the sex industry to pay for her own High School tuition fees, Clair is now a liberated voice for young women who feel like their dreams are shattered in the slums. She wants to excel in her education to be an example for her friends still stuck in prostitution. In her first semester she finished top of her class.

In 2016, Clair will graduate with a BA in Mass Communications from a top University in Nairobi.

Martha

Dream: Chef

“My dream is to fight for my daughters education.”

Martha is a mother and entrepreneur. At 18, Martha’s illiterate mother didn’t understand the importance of investing in education. She was forced to sell doughnuts to earn a living, she was impregnated by her brother-in-law, but she still had dreams of finishing school. Ten years later, her dreams are coming true. Despite being the oldest in the classroom, Martha is a mentor to fellow students and received honors this year. She fights against cultural stigma so that she can provide new opportunities for other girls, especially her daughter—Yvonne, her source of inspiration.

Martha’s dream is to become a chef.

Lydia

Dream: Women’s Rights Advocate

“My dream is to pioneer a rescue center for girls who are survivors of sexual violence. My rescue center will provide a loving place where their potential will be unlocked—and in the process, the traumatic wounds in their hearts will be healed.”

When Lydia walks into the room, the place lights up with life. After hearing that her best friend became pregnant as a teenager, she devoted her life to helping girls like her—girls who are kicked out of their homes for crimes they did not commit. She is a role model to everyone in the Kibera slum where she lives, the largest slum in all of East Africa. Daily, she visits schools to talk to girls and boys to equip leaders that prevent sexual violence and encourage health, hope and life.

In 2017, Lydia will graduate with a BA in Gender Studies & Development.

Shari

Dream: Nurse

High School Student

“I will rise again and again, I am a conquerer.”

Jana

Dream: Nurse

High School Student

“My dream is to be a nurse and bring peace to others.”

Uma

High School Student

“My future is filled with dreams of helping others.”

Mayra

Dream: Lawyer

“My dream is to be like the lawyers who advocated for my case.”

When survivors of sexual violence become leaders in the community, they protect the rights of women and children because they know how it hurts when rights are been violated. As a leader in the community, I will make sure that everyone follows and respects the rights of women and girls. My dream is to build a school for the poor in the community and to also fight against sexual violence by providing a safe space for children. As an advocate, I know that telling my story to other people encourages them and gives them hope for a better tomorrow.”

Stella

Dream: Lawyer

“My dream is to be a role model for survivors.”

Tiva

Dream: Lawyer

High School Student

“My dream is to be a lawyer to help children like me.”

Laura

Dream: Doctor

High School Student

“My dream is to be a doctor—my dreams are valid.”

Jane

Dream: Nurse

High School Student

“I dream of being a nurse to help the depressed.”

 

Fiela

Dream: Journalist

High School Student

“I believe that I am courageous enough to be a journalist.”

Cari

Dream: Surgeon

High School Student

Osikol

Dream: Lawyer

University Student

“As a lawyer, I will help people overcome.”

Alice

Dream: Doctor, University Student

“I dream of being a doctor to fight against HIV/AIDS. I want to be in a place where God can use me to better his needy children so that whoever sees me will leave happier. I want to be a living expression of God’s kindness. Being educated as a doctor, I have opportunities to talk to young girls who come to the hospital with different problems—some were raped, some experiencing psychological torture from there past, some beaten and molested by people they thought they could turn to. I talk to them, educate them on health issues, and I share my story with them make them smile and this makes me thank God more everyday! I believe telling my story can have a big impact of change to many!”

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Featured Alumni

“As a lawyer, I represent the poor in a society where some believe that justice is only for the rich.I fight for girls who have been made to feel like objects used by men—I fight for girls so that they may find their worth and begin to dream again.”

Mary, legal advocate

Freely in Hope Alumni stay connected as donors, mentors, role-models
and advocates to promote the work of Freely in Hope.

Mary

Legal Advocate, BA in Law

Winny

Teacher, BA in Education

Eunice

Counselor, BA in Counseling Psychology

Maryclare

Program Designer, BA in Communications

“As a future gender expert, I hope to see a world where there is equity and equality, where all will have equal access to opportunities and where resources will enable both men and women to unlock their potential to create a violence free world.”

Lydia, BA in Gender Development

Arise Fellows are survivor-advocate university students who work in
Freely in Hope’s initiatives as a community leader.