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Coming in 2022

INTRODUCING FREELY IN HOPE’S FIRST CHILDREN’S BOOK

Pendo is a six-year-old girl from Kenya’s Kibera slum. She prevents sexual abuse by teaching her friends about body autonomy, consent, safe touch, and the power of their voice! This illustrated storybook will empower both parents and children to respond to sexual abuse. Written in English and Kiswahili, children will not only learn a new language but also learn how to harness the power in their voice to speak up against sexual violence.

Pendo's Power teaches lifesaving education and empowering resources that prevent child sexual abuse.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

After giving birth to her daughter, Lydia Matioli wanted to ensure her daughter grew up in a world that was safe. As a survivor of child sexual abuse, Lydia was terrified that her daughter could be vulnerable to the same abuse she experienced. As a child-protection advocate, Lydia wanted to educate children to be aware of what abuse looks like, and to empower parents to build trust and establish safety measures with their children. This vision birthed Pendo’s Power, her first children’s book! Born and raised in Kibera, East Africa’s largest slum, Lydia has experienced the effects of sexual violence, lack of education, and poverty firsthand. Now serving as Freely in Hope’s Program Manager, Lydia coordinates, designs, and implements programs that exemplify best practices on ending the cycle of sexual violence. She is passionate about seeing survivors unlock and fully live out their potential. Through the launch of Pendo’s Power, Lydia hopes that children around the world will discover the power of their voices and utilize it to call out sexual abuse and build a safer world for generations to come.

Read Lydia Matioli’s interview
featured on Amplify Africa

 ENDORSEMENTS

THE ISSUE

G​LOBALLY, 1 IN 2 CHILDREN HAVE EXPERIENCED PHYSICAL, SEXUAL, OR EMOTIONAL VIOLENCE OR NEGLECT IN THE PAST YEAR (​WHO​).

In 2019, Freely in Hope launched “Linda Toto,” a program that teaches children about body autonomy and how they can report any abuse to someone they trust. The pandemic has caused a global surge of sexual and domestic violence cases. School closures and financial stress put children at highest risk of domestic and sexual abuse. With the release of Pendo’s Power, we have the ability to reach a wider audience of children, parents, educators, and nonprofit and faith leaders through a contextualized storybook and discussion guide. In 2022, we’ll provide free books and workshops for parents and caregivers in informal settlements where sexual abuse rates are high. Through the release of Pendo’s Power and expansion of our educational workshopsFreely in Hope’s aim is to reduce child rape cases worldwide.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME A CORPORATE SPONSOR?

Sponsorship of the Pendo’s Power is an opportunity to support the movement to end child sexual abuse and be recognized for this commitment through valuable brand and content placements. Your support of this event brings increased awareness to child safety interventions and celebrates best practices in child protection, demonstrating leadership on these extremely important issues.

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Showcase and promote lifesaving educational resources for parents and caregivers
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Bring increased awareness to the global issue of child sexual abuse and the solutions to end it
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Enhance Brand reputation and build trust through meaningful networking organizations

In addition, your sponsorship will allow Freely in Hope to provide free books and workshops to parents living in Kenya’s informal settlements, increasing access to lifesaving education. Contact nikole@freelyinhope.org.

Together, we can protect children.

ABOUT FREELY IN HOPE

eleven YEARS AGO, WE BEGAN TO ENVISION A WORLD THAT WAS FREE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE.

Through the powerfully transformative stories of survivors of sexual violence, we equipped their dreams through education, leadership, and storytelling—creating a platform for their voices which were full of beauty amidst brokenness. Deep within the slums across Kenya and rural villages in Zambia, we learned of the plight of girls and young women affected by sexual violence. Their courage, tenacity, and hope inspire us daily. Their dreams have become ours.

Their dreams of arising from violent oppression, achieving their educational goals, and encouraging others through their rewritten stories drive our programs. We provide holistic education, helping our university scholars achieve degrees in law, counseling psychology, broadcast journalism, business, and education. We equip survivors and advocates to lead through our Leadership Development programs. Our Storytelling Platforms support over 3,000 people across Kenya and Zambia, and by providing a safe space for women and girls to learn about leadership, trauma healing, spiritual formation, legal rights, entrepreneurship, and violence prevention.

We invite you to join us in the fight against sexual violence—celebrating and equipping the dreams of the young women of Freely in Hope. May their dreams become yours as well. 

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