EDUCATION EMPOWERS HER TO LIVE LIFE ON HER OWN TERMS
Village of Hope seeks to rescue and educate girls to create a lasting cultural change
Everyday, women and girls face these battles:
Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Abuse
Young women and girls are commonly treated as commodities in rural Kenya. As a result, incidences of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse are all too frequent, and and often for the gratification of older men in the villages. These girls and women are plagued with a culture that normalizes such harm.
VOH is situated in a county that has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in all of Kenya. This poses a significant risk for many girls who are being forced into having unprotected sex. The cultural practices of wife inheritance, sexual abuse, and child brides contributes to the HIV/AIDS rates to exponential growth in this region.
In our community, the majority of families live in poverty, struggling day to day. As a result, many parents give up their young daughters to early marriages in exchange for a dowry of cows, sheep, or goats.
A widow is often required to marry a male relative of her late husband, often his brother. Men seek to exploit women in these situations by remarrying the women with the primary goal of gaining access to the resources that were left by the late husband.