“Because of This Program I Can Now Defend Myself Against Men”

In front of our temporary home!

In front of our temporary home!

Obunga neighborhood behind KMET

Obunga neighborhood behind KMET

When a young woman says she now has a voice against the men that tries to lure her into nonconsensual sexual activities you know that she is empowered. You know that she knows her rights and is not afraid to speak about them. You know that she is not shy when it comes to turning down a guy. And you know that she has acquired a strength that some women do not have.

I was touched by one of the girls in the Salon Services, which is a subsection of The Safe Space Project (SSP). The SSP is a youth for youth project started in April 2009 that strives to empower vulnerable teenage girls from the age of 14 to 22 through entrepreneurial skills training, reproductive health and food security workshops. She claimed that she was very timid before joining SSP. Now she can stand up for herself in any situation.

I was blown away by her demeanor and her self confidence. She carried herself very well and just by listening to her you can tell that she was very serious about the impact the SSP has had on her. Her, as well as other young women in the program, now consider themselves mentors for other young women in their communities.

What a great week so far! In just one week I have learned so much about KMET (Kenya Medical and Education Trust). There are over ten interrelated programs with an overall goal of building a better and stronger community through quality healthcare and education. The question here is which programs will I choose to take part in? Stay tuned.

Jenn Johnson
Kisumu, Kenya

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