Arise Fellows

The Arise Fellowship is designed to equip survivor-advocate university students who exhibit growth in leadership, a future vision for organizational development, and a passion for ending sexual violence as a leader, role-model, and advocate.

The goal of the Arise Fellowship is to equip university students to leverage their education, spiritual gifts, strengths and vocational dreams to shape the way in which they lead in the fight against sexual violence in the communities that they are passionate about.

The Arise Fellows are equipped through:

  • Academic Scholarship: University tuition fees paid in full through Freely in Hope
  • Leadership Incubator: Intensive community engagement, leadership practice, and programmatic implementation under the  guidance of an international community of mentors.
  • Community Practicum: Arise Fellows are awarded a competitive stipend and a grant to create, design and implement their own program focused on ending sexual violence in the community.



Development Studies, Class of 2020

“My life is a redeemed story. I have been through thick and thin, but I still I have had joy, laughter, sadness, and most of all hope. I hope for a brand new day when all dreams are reached. My ultimate dream is to open a safe home for girls who have been rescued from prostitution, are at risk of being sexually abused, and who have no one to fight for them. Studying Development Studies will help me reach this dream and to help young women in the best way. I want to be able to see the girl child grow, glow, and reach her dreams, just as I have. In my work, I want to establish a safe place for survivors to share stories. I want to create a platform of restoration for the broken-hearted that they may recover from any past hurts”

Community Practicum: “Girls Revolution” establishes a safe place in Mutendere, Zambia that equips young women to shine their light in the world through a relationship with God, high moral standards and sexual health. Our vision is to see a generation of young women influence the world with positive light.


Gender & Development Studies, Class of 2018

“My dream is to pioneer a rescue centre for survivors of gender based violence where their dreams may be unlocked and their traumatic wounds be healed. Through education, survivors can become leaders in the community because they understand violence firsthand. This gives them a powerful platform to create awareness about sexual violence, to bring hope and healing to other survivors, and to provide safe spaces that can be a refuge for girls in poverty.”

Community Practicum: “End the Cycle” is a curriculum on sexual violence prevention for coed high schools. The curriculum discusses methods and practices on how to find healing as a survivor, how to share your story with dignity and how to prevent the perpetuating cycle of violence. “End the Cycle” equips both male and female high school students to work together toward ending the cycle of sexual violence—becoming leaders toward a violence-free world.





University tuition fees are paid for in full.

As a small, elite community, Arise Fellows have access to proactive mentorship, networks with the broader Freely in Hope community, unique leadership resources, and opportunities to travel and attend relevant conferences, workshops, and trainings;

In keeping with the values of Freely in Hope, fulfilling responsibilities, and exhibiting growth in leadership and success in program implementation, Arise Fellows are paid a competitive wage.

Arise Fellows are expected to maintain an above average grade.

The Leadership Incubator trains Arise Fellows in the Freely in Hope methodology of survivor-leadership, trauma healing, art practices, public speaking, and program development and implementation;

Arise Fellows are responsible for creating, designing, presenting, and implementing their own program focused on ending sexual violence in the community. A grant is provided for ongoing and sustainable program initiatives spearheaded by Arise Fellows;

Arise Fellows participate in intensive engagement, practice, reflection, and implementation under the  guidance of an international community of mentors.

The leadership experience gained during the course of the Arise Fellowship will provide valuable experience in public speaking, presentation skills, team-building, and in program design, implementation, and evaluation.


Phoeby Chilufya Musonda
Lawyer, Women in Law in Southern Africa

Master Chimbala
Media Host and Community Mobilizer, Savnnah

Rebecca Crook
Co-founder & Chief Program Officer, Metis Fund

Amunga Eshuchi
Photographer at Enigma Images

Sharon Eschuchi
Program Manager

Rev. Sonji Pass

Rev. Sonia Crawley

The Arise Fellows application is only open through referrals through our organizational partners in Kenya and Zambia. To become an organizational partner, Contact Us

Partner with an Arise Fellow to fund their initiatives!
Together, let’s build a violence-free world.

*Lydia teaching “End the Cycle” at a partnering High School in Kenya.