Pendo's Power

Pendo’s Power is a children’s book about body safety.

Written by Lydia Matioli

1,000 KSH

Also available at Textbook Centre.

Meet Pendo!

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.


Pendo’s Power is written with the hope that through open, consistent, and transparent conversations, children will be able to understand and articulate the concepts of consent, bodily integrity, and trust. We wrote this companion guide to help parents and caregivers have open conversations with children and explore the key messages of Pendo’s story.


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

Interested in attending child protection training?

Freely in Hope conducts workshops to help parents, educators, and organizational leaders protect children from sexual abuse.

Through the Workshop, parents and caregivers will:

Gain awareness on what sexual abuse is and how they can prevent it in their communities.

Learn how to initiate conversations around sexuality and sexual abuse with their children.

Know how to respond to child sexual abuse cases and utilize local resources to support survivors of sexual abuse.

To learn more and schedule, contact:


1 in 9 children worldwide have experienced child sexual abuse. 95% of child abuse happens by someone known to the child, often a trusted friend or family member. Teaching children, teenagers, and adults concepts of body safety are essential to report grooming patterns to prevent child sexual abuse. Stopping child sexual abuse before it even happens requires all of our participation. Together, we can protect children in our community!

You can buy Pendo’s Power online or at Textbook Centre.

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