Sexual violence and crime among children has skyrocketed over the last decade.
Nairobi has been rated one of the world’s top 5 most dangerous cities. Most of our mamas have had run ins with sexual abuse, physical abuse and so have their children. These families are extremely vulnerable and live in constant fear.
The Heshima Housing project started with the vision to protect our families from these unsafe living conditions. Over $2.5 million has been raised to fund the construction of safe, handicap accessible housing. Heshima Housing will be a place of hope for women and children who are members of the Heshima family.
The housing will be fully handicap accessible: Large bathrooms with plenty of space for wheelchairs and walkers, grab bars on the walls and ramp access. Wheelchairs have never functioned outside the Heshima gates due to the roads being full of muddy pot holes. Soon our families won’t have to battle pushing a wheelchair through deep mud because the housing is right next door to the Heshima campus!
Each family will pay rent (market price) for 500 sq feet of space, which is 2x larger than they are accustomed to. This housing will have indoor toilets, running water and dependable electricity – something they have never had! They will no longer be afraid to shut their eyes at night in fear that someone will break into their tin-roofed, mud-walled dwelling. Instead, they will sleep in peace knowing they are finally in a safe place. The housing is soon to be finished and we know that this will be life changing for the Heshima families.
“Then you will go on your way in safety and your feet will not stumble.” Proverbs 3:23 NIV