Our Programs

Our programs aim to equip survivors and advocates
to lead in ending the cycle of sexual violence.

 

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Holistic Education

Freely in Hope Scholars are high school or university students with dreams of utilizing their education to end sexual violence in their communities. They are advocates of dignity.

We provide holistic educational opportunities for young women who are survivors of or vulnerable to sexual violence through academic scholarships, health care, safe housing, and trauma-based counseling. Freely in Hope scholars are high school or college students passionate about using their education to transform their communities toward a violence-free world. We equip our scholars to arise from oppression and achieve their academic dreams.

Scholars

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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Ambassadors

Mary

Lawyer & Advocate

“My dream is to become an advocate to help women and girls achieve that which they always dreams of.”

Mary is a passionate lawyer and dynamic leader. Following the death of her father, her family’s property was illegally confiscated—her family lost everything. Since then, she has had a deep desire to see justice arise in Kenya for the sake of women and children. Her dream is to advocate on behalf of the poor and to liberate the innocent, enslaved and oppressed.

In 2014, Mary completed her bachelors in Law. In 2015, she graduates from Kenya’s Advocates Training Program.

Winnie

Educator

“My dream is to be a teacher and to especially teach girls because educating a woman, educates a whole society.”

Winnie is an educator and thought-leader. After student-teaching in a rural, conflict-stricken area, she realized her passion for empowering high school girls who are vulnerable. Her family has been affected greatly by extreme poverty and gender-based violence, almost killing her mother. Winnie identifies closely with girls who feel their dreams are shattered and strives to offer them the hope of dreams fulfilled through the gift of education.

In 2014, Winnie graduated with in BA in Education and is now working as a teacher in an extremely rural part of Kenya.

Fellows

Elena

Development Studies, Class of 2020
Zambia

“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.

Lydia

Gender & Development Studies, Class of 2018
Kenya

“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.

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Leadership Development

We establish safe spaces of faith-based support that develops leaders through educational resources. Through our leadership trainings on spiritual leadership, women’s rights, trauma healing, violence prevention, survivor resources, financial management, academic planning, and the art of storytelling, we equip survivors and advocates to lead in ending the cycle of sexual violence.

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Storytelling

Scholars put their leadership skills to practice through storytelling conferences. By leveraging the beauty that arises from brokenness, we emphasize the power of story as a form of healing, restoration, and transformation. Storytelling serves as a platform for advocacy—with these platforms, our scholars lead conferences on arising above oppression, healing the wounds of trauma, and ending the cycle of sexual violence.