Reaching Out in Kenya to Protect Girls
One of the most damaging experiences a young girl can endure is having her innocence robbed by her father, a neighbor or another familiar man through sexual abuse. It damages her body and robs her emotional wellbeing, social relationships and self-esteem. Mary Daniel, a WPS partner who directs Mary Faith Children’s Centre in Nairobi, cares for young women with this experience. At any given time, the center houses over 40 young girls facing crisis pregnancies, often the result of sexual assault from men they know.
Until last year, Mary and a few volunteers desperately shouldered the entire burden of caring for these girls. That changed after Mary attended a wholistic ministry training by World Poverty Solutions in 2016. Mary learned she could reach out to community leaders, civic organizations and neighbors to help protect and rescue abused girls. “At first I was just concentrating on the center,” Mary says. “I was not thinking of impacting or involving the community. Now I have seen the importance of doing that.”
Through Mary’s outreach to the community, many are offering help—not only to support the girls at the center but to prevent others from being abused. More and more members of the community are seeing ways they can step in to help, by educating girls they know, supplying goods and materials, and providing support. Meanwhile, with support from her daughter who is a pastor trainee, Mary reaches out to youth in her neighborhood, especially those struggling with drugs, unemployment or personal issues.
Involving the community has eased the burden of Mary’s work. Soon she plans to train volunteers in nearby villages who will be able to implement the same approaches to prevent and treat issues of child sexual abuse. Please pray the Lord continues to guide Mary and her community as they protect and care for the precious girls in their lives.