The projects mission is to reach out, receive and protect girls in the most vulnerable situations of sexual violence and abuses.
Background information of the safe house
The safe house was initiated in 2014, with support from friends from Drammen Norway on pure voluntary basis. The house hosts girls and young women who have survived sexual related violations. The home is open for them to come and live, find safety, get medical attention, counseling and therapy, and be part of a family. We help them get back in school and pay their school fees as one of the ways to help them re-build their future.
Currently we have 28 girls and 12 children in the program who receive medical attention, counseling, guidance, and education. Our target group is girls between the ages of 11 to 24 who have gone through any form of sexual gender based violence and are in the process of trauma healing or justice system process.
About The Founder
Florence is an activist, feminist, and a survivor of sexual violence. She has six years’ experience in trauma counselling and paralegal work with focus on sexual violence issues and the law.
She is the founder of Maisha Girls Safe House, an initiative that brings together girls and young women who have survived sexual violence from across parts of Kenya.
Through this initiative, she has established safe houses which provide immediate care and protection to survivors of sexual violence. The safe houses also support the survivors to access medical services, psychosocial support, and access to justice.
Florence spearheads community safe spaces that act as platforms for prevention and response on sexual and gender-based violence issues. She ensures that this in these spaces the youth can also access information on different issues. Her work as a mentor and counsellor has been quite instrumental in ensuring that healing and dignity is restored in the lives of the ladies she comes in contact with.
She has been a strong member of the National Survivors of Sexual Violence Network, Kenya, where she coordinates the activities of the network in Nairobi County. Florence, the safe sister, sums herself up as a “walking safe space” for survivors and vulnerable girls and young women in informal settlements in Nairobi.