OUR IMPACT

  • Since 2008, over 365 unaccompanied and separated girls, young women, and babies have been identified and protected through Heshima Kenya’s programs.
  • Our programs have reached girls from various countries and communities, including 49% from Somalia, 26% from DRC, 16% from Ethiopia, and 8% from Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, and Kenya.
  • 30 girls have participated in the Maisha Collective since launching in late 2010, of which nearly 70% are now self-reliant and contributing toward their host family’s rent or living independently. 
  • Over $100,000 has been raised from scarf sales, of which grassroots marketing has been driven by our supporters in the US and Kenya.  In May 2012, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) purchased our largest order to date of 1,200 scarves for their travel kits used by resettled refugees traveling to the United States.  
  • Heshima Kenya hosted a delegation of eight members of Congress in August 2012.
  • Heshima Kenya is the first refugee serving organization to join the Brain Trust, a coalition of girls based organizations in Nairobi, of which many Heshima girls have participated in peer-based discussions and shared ideas to support girls’ empowerment.
  • Six alumn who have been resettled to the United States and Europe are currently serving as Heshima Ambassadors and actively advocating for the rights of girls served in our programs.
  • 31 participants have received formal school sponsorship in Kenya primary and secondary schools.
  • Nearly 3,500 individuals have been reached through our Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Outreach Prevention Initiative since 2009. 52 trainings have been organized and 5 women’s groups have been formed to empower women to mobilize and share vital information about their rights.  
  • Over half of those protected by Heshima Kenya have been supported in our Safe House Program.
  • Heshima Kenya’s Safe House Program has set a precedent as the first shelter for refugee children in Kenya to be recognized and registered by the Kenyan Children’s Department.
  • We have distributed over 250 food baskets among 70 girls and their host families living in Nairobi’s refugee community.
  • Dahabo Hassan, a former Heshima Kenya participant and current ambassador, will be honored with the Voice of Courage Award by the Women's Refugee Commission in New York City in May 2013 where she will speak about her activism for Heshima Kenya and support for other disabled refugee women.