May 5th, 2011 | admin

The Vision

The Issue:

  • Annually, 21,000 women are hospitalized from having an illegal, unsafe abortion in Kenya. (Center for Reproductive Rights)
  • Abortion is a volatile topic in Kenya.
  • 13,000 Kenyan girls are kicked out of school for being pregnant. (Center for Reproductive Rights)
  • 25% of pregnant women in Kenya are HIV positive (ObGyn in Kenya)
  • Every 30 minutes, a woman is raped in Kenya. (Nairobi Women’s Hospital)
  • Mothers often force their daughters into trading sex for food in the slums (CNN)
  • More than 20,000 children are sex trafficked in Kenya (Human Trafficking)
  • 1500 women die in childbirth every day across Africa (WHO)

The Vision of Rehema House (supported by Mercy House):

  • House pregnant girls and new mothers in two safe houses (16 beds for mothers and 16 beds for babies)
  • Partner with local churches
  • Prenatal Care- checkups, medical assistance for healthy deliveries
  • Employe widows as housemothers
  • Proper Nutrition-protein and regular healthy meals
  • Counseling-post abortion/prostitution, rape recovery
  • Ministry-prayer, Biblical teaching, regular devotions
  • Education-help catch girls up in school thru 8th grade, then continue on to high school, or vocational tract
  • Livelihood Skills-cooking, jewelry-making, art, sewing, etc
  • A nurturing environment in-which to give birth and breastfeed babies
  • A safe place to stay and learn and heal until they graduate 
  • An account to start small business or continue education
  • Reintegration back into their homes, if this is an option
  • Assisting family members with starting a small business
  • Reach out to single mothers outside the residences in neighboring slums through community outreach and Discovery Bible Study
  • Partner globally with other organizations empowering women, single mothers and widows through employment

House 1 | Purchased 2013: Houses residents and babies who are attending school outside the home

House 2 | Purchased 2014: Houses pregnant girls and new mothers:

**Rehema is the Swahili word for mercy