Majengo, in Nairobi City, is one of the oldest slums in Kenya. Its existence can be traced back to the 1920s. Home to a population of about 150,000 people (by various estimates), Majengo is synonymous with prostitution, especially child prostitution which has trapped many minor girls in a vicious cycle of exploitation, poverty and violence including SGBV. Young girls between the ages of 13 – 18, or even younger, and women are coerced into prostitution for various reasons including among others poverty, lack of social support, lack of alternative opportunities for earning a livelihood, parental coercion and violence within homes. The stigma, social exclusion and discrimination marginalize them and prevent access to alternative educational and economic opportunities.
At Ubani Trust we seek to provide skills training and psychosocial support to girls in informal settlements who are at risk of resorting to prostitution and equipping them to build a life of freedom, faith and strong future. To facilitate this we need to set up a centre where the girls can come receive counseling, vocational and life skills training, economic empowerment and business training and also for those from unstable home, be able to find shelter and accomodation so that they are able to focus on their journey of empowerment and healing. This centre will be on our 10 acre land situated on the outskirts of Nairobi.