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Girls Shelter and rehabilitation

Ripples International is a child focused organization dedicated to saving and serving Children through community focused initiatives in Kenya.
About RI Tumaini: Girls Rescue Shelter, Meru Kenya

CHILD ABUSE INTERVENTION SERVICES

A Healing Home for Girls

Every 30 minutes a girl/woman is raped in Kenya; the average age of girls targeted for rape is 10 years old, girls as young as 3 months are raped; men who believe that sex with a virgin will cure their own HIV/AIDS often rape them. Did you also know that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before age of eighteen? Ripples International offers help to victims of violence through the girls’ shelter, The RI Brenda Boone Tumaini Girls Rescue Centre.

RI Brenda Boone Hope (Tumaini) Centre is founded on Biblical values and principles. The centre opened its doors in 2006 with initial support from Lady Brenda Boone from the USA. BBHTC facilitates, where relevant, the rescue, rehabilitation, or training for self-reliance, girls who have experienced or are constantly at risk of sexual, physical or psychological abuse. BBHTC has a residence capacity of 50 girls at any one time but can also support up to 300 girls through the community outreach program.

Our Vision

We envision being an outstanding safe haven and a refuge for oppressed and vulnerable girls to heal and thrive. A center that promotes awareness of the needed social-cultural and legal changes against rape of the girl child and other violent crimes

Our Goals

  1. To provide a safe and caring home for girls who have undergone or who are at risk of experiencing sexual, physical, and emotional abuse;
  2. To promote their recovery of physical, emotional and psycho-social health;
  3. To protect and promote their rights and interests;
  4. To offer job skill training and encourage economic independence

RI TUMAINI: Girls Rescue Shelter

Every 30 minutes a girl/woman is raped in Kenya; the average age of girls targeted for rape is 10 years old, girls as young as 3 months are raped; men who believe that sex with a virgin will cure their own HIV/AIDS often rape them. Did you also know that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before age of eighteen? Ripples International offers help to victims of violence through the girls’ shelter known as RI Brenda Boone Tumaini Girls Rescue Centre;

While at the centre the girls receive diverse services depending on the need. Some girls are admitted at the community level. Some of the services include;

COUNSELLING

Relief from trauma

A defiled girl’s life is like a torn paper, the process of sticking the pieces back together requires much more than human skill; it takes a warm patient heart, it takes prayer, it takes God’s touch. Trained child therapists take the girls through a fragile emotional and psychological healing process that slowly helps them to cope and come to terms with the reality of the abuse they have suffered.

The girls stay at the centre for at least six weeks receiving counselling, medical and other relevant support to recreate the life of young and tender girls sometimes as young as two years old.

HEALTH

Emergency medical Care

Girls suffer complicated lacerations due to defilement [rape]. We share in their pain by giving them appropriate urgent medical care. This is care which most girls cannot afford and yet it is the difference that will assure future health or torment. Sometimes expensive surgical procedures are needed and can only be found in the big city hospitals like Nairobi. With your help we get them there and they get helped.

While at the shelter, girls can access health assessments, referrals for specialized gynaecological procedures, HIV & STIs prevention medications, and pregnancy prevention.

LEGAL REDRESS

Holding their hands until justice is done

The children survivors of gender violence are more often from poor families and many times orphans, with aged caregivers, rarely think of seeking for justice. The tedious and complicated legal processes discourage families from seeking justice for their children. It is a life of hopelessness as the perpetrators intimidate them making life unbearable for girls and their families. Many girls will never see justice without a helping hand.

RI comes in to help the girls and their families to access justice by having perpetrators face the law. RI supports this process through legal advice to girls, the guardians, and other witnesses, through counseling, witnesses support program, and aiding in evidence collection and preservation.

EDUCATION

Building Their Future

While admitted at the RI Tumaini shelters the girls’ to continue with formal education and this support continues long after leaving the centre. Often times these girls get their first taste of formal education when they get temporary shelter at the Tumaini centre. RI works with the families to help these girls enroll in school and stay in school. It is the best sure way of escape out of vulnerability and poverty.

Individuals, families and organizations sponsor these children and help keep them safe and in school. Through this support we pay their tuition levies, school uniforms, stationery and upkeep.

COMMUNITY REINTEGRATION

Aftercare and follow-ups

Our staff of social workers and counsellors make follow-ups of girls once they are discharged from RI Shelter back to the community support.  Girls meet quarterly at the Centre together with their guardians. They undergo Group and Individual Counseling, they receive training on child rights and life skills. They share their progress and receive updates. The caregivers are trained on how to live with the survivors of gender based violence. Through this aftercare program, we monitor and evaluate progress of the girls and how well they are settling down in their families and the community.

BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY

Economic Empowerment

Adolescent girls and their guardians are trained and supported in various ways to strengthen their livelihoods. The girls are ssponsored for vocational skills and income generating activities to enable them live on their own after leaving the centre.