The Opening of the Azadi Kenya Resource Centre
Updated: Jan 25, 2022
One of the key tenets of Azadi is to create a physical safe space for survivors of trafficking, where they can get the necessary freedom of mind to heal and thrive. After having a dream of opening a Resource Centre since we started and having worked on this for many months, we are now almost ready to open.
At the Resource Centre, survivors can participate in activities and projects that work towards achieving the mission and vision of the organisation and helps them achieve their goals in life. These activities are created to help survivors reintegrate into society. The Resource Centre will operate by having a drop-in place where survivors can come and connect with other survivors over a meal or a myriad of activities or projects run in the centre.
By giving survivors access to learning opportunities this allows them to learn new skills and hone those present. Learning will be promoted through the establishment of a library, computer lab, training courses, research, and advocacy.
Survivors will be taken through different training sessions of both soft, hard, and technical skills. Good training and learning will equip them with the tools on how to apply the skills for their economic sustenance and personal development. We will work with them to take back their reins by providing long term support in income generating activities. When they can fend for themselves we will be arresting circumstances where they become vulnerable again.
Beyond providing a drop-in place, we are also keen on promoting both mental and emotional wellbeing. As mentioned on the resource tab we are aware and have designed programmes with the understanding that the survivors went through a great deal of traumatic experiences that have had adverse effects on their mental wellbeing. It is important that we provide the space and support in tackling their mental health as we guide them to their emotional healing in the best way that speaks to them. Some of the activities will include therapy, peer to peer trauma counselling, yoga, art therapy, and group therapy.
In order to promote survivor’s leadership capacity, we would like their voices to be heard and included. It is important that they are the forefront in countering human trafficking as it is only them who can regulate the narrative. Subsequently, empowering them, building their capacity and including them in research and advocacy will help mould survivor leaders. Leaders who will pave the way for the rest of survivors to thrive.
The Azadi Resource Centre seeks to accommodate everyone, even those mothers with children. We are sensitive to a mother's lack of full participation because of taking care of their child. For the same reason we endeavour to create an environment conducive for both by having an on site crèche with an attendant. This will see to it that both parties benefit fully from our programmes.
Azadi has identified and locked down on a location for the Resource Centre. Preparations are ongoing to set up the physical space for the Resource Centre to start operating. To open fully, we need your support. We would really like and greatly appreciate for you to walk in this journey of making this dream come true. We humbly ask for your support towards this safe space.
These are the things we need:
Baby clothes and blankets
Please reach out to us on firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you are able to donate and we will arrange for pick-up.
If you want to donate money instead, please go to www.azadikenya.org/support-us
We truly appreciate anything we can get.