Usalama means “safety” in Swahili, and with the Usalama Program that is what we provide for at-risk girls (ages 11-16) in rural Kenyan villages.
The girls served by Kenya Keys are some of the most at-risk girls in the world. Coming from the poorest district in Kenya, they face severe challenges. To stay in school and build a better life, these girls must overcome risks like starvation, disease (malaria, HIV/AIDS), heavy workload, animal attacks, molestation, the sex trade, prostitution, and early marriage. Without help, only 5% of girls in the area are able to graduate from secondary school. Recently, pregnancies among 6th-8th grade girls have increased.
A team of dedicated advocates for girls is working hard in Kenya to learn all they can about the needs of girls in the area. Using the funds raised specifically for the Usalama Program, this team identifies girls who are at-risk for dropping out of school due to any of the factors mentioned above. Girls receive the resources they need to enable their continued education and safety.
Read more about the girls in the region and the programs and services provided or facilitated by Kenya Keys by using the Learn More menu.