With a lot of sexual and domestic violence victims confined in isolation with their violent partners and a lot of children stuck with enablers of their abuse, sexual and domestic abuse is on the rise. In the last two months, an estimated, 35 women, 12 children, and 3 men have died in the hands of their abusers.
The lock-down and curfew restrictions further make these situations worse as victims are unable to leave their homes to get help from police stations, hospitals, or safe houses. Usikimye is working to solve this. Co-founded by Njeri Wa Migwi and Stella Khachina , Usikimye is a community organization that actively works towards the end of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV); two of the most prevalent human rights violations in Kenya.
They do this through diverse provisions and approaches that include;
* A list of SGBV hotline numbers for different areas in Kenya.
* A safe house(s) that provides victims of gender-based violence (GBV) with short term safe places to stay for a maximum period of one month.
* Legal advice through a team of lawyers who advise on the best course of action that victims can take, in conjunction with support from Usikimye team.
* Mental health care where they put a focus on mental health awareness as a core response and practical awareness tool to combat sexual and gender-based violence.
* A news and updates blog where they share resources, stories, and databases to initiate much-needed actions to end SGBV.
* A podcast that leverages the power of our stories, solidarity, and information. The podcast series talks about the unspoken and the end of SGBV.
Since the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic, Usikimye has received so many calls, messages and appeals to support SGBV victims. With the numerous requests and limited resources, Usikimye opened the Usikimye GBV Kitty Fund on M-Changa to raise funds to help these survivors. Using the funds raised, they secured a safe house where the survivors are accommodated for two weeks. During this time, the survivors receive counseling, meditation, a safe space to stay and rejuvenate as well as food, water and their daily basic needs.
Won’t you love to join in and ensure that more SGBV survivors get a second chance in safety? Send your donation to PAY BILL: 891300 ACCOUNT NO: USIKIMYE. To donate via MasterCard, Visa or PayPal, click here. You can also donate food supplies, clothes and everyday home supplies- in kind- by contacting Njeri on 071815840.
To start your own fundraiser, click on this link or dial *483*57# .
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