A Stolen Childhood
One cannot begin to imagine the hurt and pain that a Kenyan girl-child goes through as she experiences the crescendo of afflictions which face her as she grows up. The climax of this crescendo is that many children resort to prostitution as a way to support themselves after fleeing violence in their homes.
This is a severe tragedy and one which Jesus spoke harshly against, saying of those who cause children to sin that " it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck" (Mark 9:42).
This tragedy is compounded when we consider that this girl-child accepts her abuse as normal or even as something she deserves because she doesn't know any better. Consider that nine out of ten children from poor households fail to complete their basic education.1 Thus, the deficiencies at home are not being made up for at school. So instead of seeking justice they escape into a much more intense form of abuse - prostitution, which becomes a lifestyle due to the economic dependency it creates.
A report by the Centre for Global Development gives the utterly astounding statistic that "more than 80 percent of women and girls in Kenya reported having experienced at least one episode of physical violence in childhood, and only 12 percent of those who had been either physically or sexually abused reported the abuse to an authority such as the police or a village elder".
Abuse goes unreported because that is just the way it is.
Girls in Danger is a TWR project which will seek to play a part in rectifying this problem in Kenya. It will reach both the rural and the semi-urban girl child, providing her with knowledge on her rights regarding the many forms of violent abuse that she may be face on a daily basis, as well as providing her with a helpline and advising her on her right to remedy the situation. A secondary goal is to reach her parents and make them conscious of the vulnerability of the girls to this abuse, as well as instilling good parenting values. It will be emphasized that it is through God that we can learn to truly love our children.
This broadcast will spill over into South-Western Somalia where the plight of the girl-child is no different as she faces an equally hopeless future. Hope really is the issue at stake and one thinks of the well known saying by Hal Lindsey: " Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope".
Consider supporting this project so that it can go on the air as soon as possible and bring a light into the lives of the girl-child living in a dark place.
Posted: 12 May 2010
A young Kenyan girl receives a treat from a visiting TWR staff member
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