April’s Hopeful News

April's Impact Report:

We, like you, had a month of transition. We are learning, unlearning, and learning again to navigate our world safely and compassionately.

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# of Girls Trained

85

Freely in Hope conducted a health and sanitation training on COVID-19 and provided pads and soap for 85 girls in the communities we serve in Zambia.

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# of Scholars in Safe Homes

10

Our most vulnerable scholars in Zambia moved into a safe boarding house to study together. They just started their first week of tutoring and are excited to learn together again!

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# of Family Members Fed

96

Our team has been distributing food baskets to our scholar’s families to support them during this economic crisis.

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# of Women Hired

2

Earlier this year, we celebrated the graduation of 6 Malkia women who graduated with a catering certificate. This month, 2 of them were hired for paid baking jobs!

scholar highlight of the month

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The whole world is facing a serious pandemic. 

Though many people are living with great fear, my family has been very supportive during these difficult moments. Schools have closed and I am living in a safe place where I feel comfortable. Whenever I feel like fear is overcoming me, my mom is always there to remind me to keep praying. The fact that movements have been restricted, I am enjoying my sibling’s company where we play and share stories together.

Freely in Hope is checking on me regularly. Their support is playing a crucial role in my academic growth and emotional healing. During check-in’s, I have been able to find peace in me. 

Freely in Hope reminds me that they are with me during this pandemic—we will all overcome together.

We’ve been having online classes which has been great help so that I don’t fall behind. The government has also put strict measures to fight COVID-19. Some counties are going the extra mile to help people during this economic crisis by offering them food since they can’t work. This is awesome and it is helping us fight this disease!

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Freely in Hope Scholar
Pursuing BA in Community Development
Class of 2022

 

staff reflection

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Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with renowned Capital FM host, Amina Abdi Rabar, on the increase of sexual violence in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Many women and girls are sheltering at home with known or potential abusers with minimal access to the resources that would help them. We’re calling on the government of Kenya to integrate support for survivors of sexual violence in their COVID-19 response efforts. We also shared different resources that are currently available for survivors including access to the national GBV hotline number 1195

Ultimately, we need a long-term approach that includes the voices of women and girls in planning for future responses to disasters and pandemics.

Freely in Hope is tirelessly working to respond to the influx of violence due to COVID-19. To learn more about how we’re keeping our community safe, read our response here.

Trizah Waiyaki
Operations & Development Director

 

member spotlight

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member since 2020

Ashley, Los Angeles
“I chose to become a donor because God has blessed me beyond measure, and the least I can do is share that blessing with other people. When the pandemic hit, I knew that I wanted to support people who are affected by sexual and domestic violence. Freely in Hope gives me a vehicle to support!

our gratitude

Many of you have been asking, “How can I help?” We are overwhelmed with the extension of kindness, generosity, and love that you have poured out toward us during this time. Continue to pray for our staff on the field as they are navigating the unique challenges of the crisis on a daily basis. Thank you for being connected with us in this meaningful way. Now more than ever, your support is helping our scholars as they navigate the complexities of COVID-19 with you.

The Team @ Freely in Hope

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