Safe Spaces exists to help girls in the Eastland slums of Nairobi save their own lives.
Our mission is to provide a safe space for young girls and young women to learn, develop and grow into strong qualified women who can escape poverty, violence and exclusion.
Our goal is to build a stronger generation of young women who can make a difference in their future and in their communities.
Our motto “I am the change” underlines the importance of empowerment. Each girl has the power to become a role model and a leader in the community.
Safe Spaces was founded by Peninah Nthenya Musyimi in 2008. She began Safe Spaces with just three girls who wanted to learn how to get out of the slums. Now there is 1200 of girls in the program, which is supported by a network of private and institutional donors.
Peninah Nthenya Musyimi 2016
Why we provide safe spaces to the girls from the Eastland Slums of Nairobi?
Among the 75% of Nairobi’s population that lives in the slums, young women continue to be the most severely affected by the poverty, violence and systematic exclusion. Beyond facing discrimination in health, education, nutrition and labour, young women are burdened with most family and household responsibilities. Social and economic vulnerabilities put girls at serious risk of forced early marriage, prostitution, early pregnancy, HIV, physical and sexual exploitation.