In America in my comfy little apartment with my super packed schedule it’s so easy to just let the rest of the world fade in the back of my mind. It’s a great thing to get jolted back out of my own little reality often–and stories like this do exactly that!
“My life was in danger. The family that helped me chased me out of their house, and I slept on the street.” Ginet was just 14 years old when she was forced into fleeing Ethiopia, alone and pregnant.
Ginet’s story is similar to so many girls in Eastern Africa, who find themselves without support networks and extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse after losing their families and having to flee from conflict across the borders into Kenya. In fact, nearly 60% of the girls who enter Heshima Kenya’s programs have been raped, sexually assaulted, and forced into marriage.
Heshima Kenya is the first organization in Kenya dedicated to protecting and educating orphaned and separated refugee children and youth, with a special focus on supporting adolescent girls living in Nairobi. Heshima Kenya’s shelter, education, and community outreach programming, coupled with the refugee community, empower these girls and young women to live happy and healthy lives.
Ginet is now 17 years old and says,”From the time when I started staying in the Safe House, I have seen many changes in my life. At Heshima Kenya, I believe in my security and potential. Heshima Kenya gave me everything I needed: medical, food, clothes, education, and food and clothes for my baby. Before I didn’t believe in anything – now I believe in hope.”
Your support allows Heshima Kenya to continue providing critical shelter, protection, education, and opportunity to refugee girls like Ginet, empowering them to rebuild their lives, grow into leaders and believe in hope again.~ Taken from the Bright Future International Website
It brings tears to my eyes and makes me remember the need to reach out to others, both here in my own community and around the globe! Bright Future International has 3 different great programs around the world–the one above is just one of them! My mother’s heart just aches for all the children without the love and care that they need and deserve. It’s so wonderful that there are organizations out there making a difference!
I love that businesses and charities make it so simple to help these days–For every new ‘Like’ a $1 donation will be made to BFI! So be sure to go “Like” the Bright Future International Page today and read up on the other great programs they have then donate a little more to your favorite one if you can, every little bit helps and it will go towards a great organization! Even if you can’t please share the page on Facebook, Tweet it, and blog about it. Social Media is a powerful tool and we should utilize it more often in support of GREAT causes like this one! So let’s all get out there and help make a difference!
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central for Bright Future International. A small donation to Bright Future International was made in my name from Mom Central as a thank-you for participating.