The north-westernmost part of Kenya is rural and faces the challenges of extreme poverty in different ways than in densely populated areas. For young women and girls, it is especially risky to travel, whether while searching for daily water or to and from school. These young girls are oftentimes targets of rape and subsequently, find themselves pregnant and ostracized from their communities with nowhere to turn. Empower Hope reaches out to these young women with arms of love, providing them with counsel, meeting them where they are and offering them a future. Through our caring Ambassadors and our TEMBEA NAMI-Walk With Me program, they find acceptance, hope and the courage to go on.
Tembea Nami-Walk with me
The young teen girls in this area have been cast out and ostracized by their tribes because they have fallen victim to rape and incest often resulting in pregnancy. Renewing the mindset through education is the way we can combat the judgement and condemnation these girls live with and offer freedom and hope. To start, each girl is paired with a mentor and walked through the steps to healing. This is an intensive time as every girl in the program has been through much and must have time for their hearts to heal. By lovingly accepting these girls for where they are, offering programs designed to bring back value and hope, academic education, life skills and vocational training each young lady begins the path to restoration and the hope of a new future.
Rite of Passage Ceremony
The Rite of Passage is a time when a child moves into adulthood. In this region of Kenya and many other regions and countries around the world, Female Genital Mutilation(FGM) is a ceremonial rite of passage performed on young girls. Since being banned in Kenya, girls often undergo the procedure in secret or have no rite of passage into adulthood. Empower Hope has created a ceremony to replace this abhorrent act against women with a meaningful alternative. In this program, the girls are taught their value as women before God, purity and purpose. Each young lady receives support and encouragement to fulfill their God given unique purpose without the shame that can accompany not being part of the ancient practice that destroys a woman's natural sexual gift.