EMI provides ongoing support for the completion and ongoing operations of Agatha Amani House (AAH), a grass roots safe home for sexual and domestic violence victims. Agatha Amani House is also a registered Charitable Trust in Kenya and is the first safe home of its kind in Kenya where abused women can seek shelter for an extended period of time, receive psychosocial support and skills training to re-enter society independent of the abusive situation that brought them to the shelter.
AAH was completed in 2014 and currently accepts residents. The main house includes an attached kitchen/training room and an on site water well. Farming and livestock are key components of the sustainability program at AAH. In addition to growing crops their own crops they are able to keep goats, cows, chickens and rabbits. These not only provide food for the residents but also products to sell at the local market. Because protecting the environment is important to AAH, electricity at the shelter is provided by solar panels and gas for cooking is generated by a bio-gas digester. An organic farming initiative is also a future plan of AAH.
AAH also strives to provide education and training to women that will allow them to get jobs or start their own small businesses, allowing them to gain financial independence. Thanks to your donations the shelter was able to purchase and install a sanitary pad machine which allows for the production of affordable sanitary pads by women at the shelter. These products are provided at a very low cost to women and girls who cannot afford to buy them from regular sources which allows women and girls to continue work and school without interruption. AAH is also forming a baking program to teach women how to bake breads and other items to sell in the local community.
All current and future efforts of AAH are intended to help women heal and gain the skills they need to leave the shelter and become self-sufficient, independent members of society. Thanks to on-site staff and volunteers at the Agatha Amani House as well as contributions from EMI, KCK, well wishers and donors we are pleased to report that AAH already has a few success stories and are optimistic that many more are soon to follow!
Thank You for Your Support
Every donation supports the ongoing operations and programs dedicated to helping mental health service recipients and survivors build a better future for themselves and their families, including Agatha Amani House.