GENDER BASED VIOLENCE : HELPLESS AND HOPELESS GIRL CHILD

TERESA
Posted August 9, 2016 from Kenya
HELPLESS AND HOPELESS GIRL CHILD GRIEVANCES * LETTER IN HER OWN HAND WRITING.
HELPLESS AND HOPELESS GIRL CHILD GRIEVANCES * LETTER IN HER OWN HAND WRITING. (1/1)

Having worked as a Volunteer in my poor Community, serving all regardless of their ethnic background i.e the Elderly, the Persons with Special needs (Disabled) , the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), Youth, Gender Based Violence Cases (GBV) cases.

These cases are very common in my Community. Most of them are contributed by Poverty.

On Sunday the 7th of August, 2016 while I was coming out of Church Holy Mass Catholic at 11.00 am, I was called by the Police Officer on duty.

A couple had just arrived with a girl. They narrated where and how they have landed in that Administration Office. (AP)

They found the girl about a Kilometre away from the APs. Office. They spotted her and she looked confused and miserable carrying a big travelling bag by the side of the road. They decided to approach her, she could not talk at first, she then said she wanted to go home.

So the Couple decided to bring her to the APs Adminitration Office.

The Couple left the girl, the Police requested me to handle that case, because nobody could hear what she was saying. I requested her to speak out, so that we will be able to help her, She informed us that she is from Uganda.

I took her to my house and we took tea, later I prepared Lunch we ate. I gave her a book requested her to write down and explain to me her story.

In her real life story she wrote and requested the Authority concerned since she has lived with the step mother who mistreats her and the Father is not concerned. She would like to go back to Uganda to live with her Grandmother. We stayed at home untill 4.00pm.

I decided to escort her to a CHILD PROTECTION UNIT situated in a POLICE station. They usually pays fare to her home Country after they listen to her story or either they contact their relatives.

The letter she wrote I scanned, without her name and those of their relatives for security.

Imagine at that tender age and all the problems she is going through, I observed and I realized she is pregnant. Also the Officer I left her within the Child protection noticed and asked her but she refused

The following day, I went to check on her Child Protection Unit she was alright and they were preparing her.

According to her she could not continue with her education she was in a Boarding School due to those Satanic powers. she could not sleep at nntight, they used to haunt her. Her life now will be unbearable.

Attached herewith, please find the letter I asked her to write down because we could not hear what she was telling us. She was talking softly and also find her photo ( while writing down in my house).

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ETochen
Aug 09, 2016
Aug 09, 2016

Thank you for your powerful story, Teresa. It reminds me of how sometimes the best we can do to help another is to listen to their story and give them some food and support. These efforts don't necessarily solve the larger problem, but they can ease some of the pain for that person and that is tremendous. You are doing brave and empathetic work as a community volunteer to support women, children and anyone else in need of help and resources. 

TERESA
Aug 10, 2016
Aug 10, 2016

Hi madam Erin T.

I appreciate so much your response. 

According to how you responded, you are a wise lady and you are really concerned.

A hungry man is an angry man. People steal Mobile phones especially the youth steal other peoples belongngs even in my community to get food. Most of them are jobless. Once they are caught stealing they are stoned to death, others are burnt alive, a vehicles tyre round his neck. 

Anyway, I have edited the hopeles, helpless girls story, it is now complete with the girls photo and her hand written letter attached.

TERESA

WORLD PULSE

VOCAL LEADER

Ahhdg
Sep 22, 2016
Sep 22, 2016

Hi Teresa,

Thank you sharing this story to us. It will keep reminding me of valuing my current life and helping others regardless of how big or how small the help is. Your job is respected. Best wishes to you and that little girl. Hope she can begin a new life with her grandmother.

April

TERESA
Oct 04, 2016
Oct 04, 2016

Hi Ahhdg,

I appreciate so much your kind response.

Many destitute people come to me , for assistance, not money but information. 

I was elected in my Community  to assist in targeting the Vulnerable . whenever they come, I try to give them hope in life.

Kenyan President, His Excellency Uhuru K. and his Deputy Excellency Ruto  has introduced a Government Programm to eradicate poverty known as GOVERNMENTCASH TRANSFER whereby all the vulnerables the Older Persons, Disabled and Orphans are targeted at the grassroots and receives money for their basic needs. It has helped so many poor

Last week, a 24 yrs old mother of two children, her three sisters Youth died and each left behind two children. she lives with three children of her dead sisters, and her two children. A total of five (5) children

I had informed her last time, we were targeting,  she had gone to her ancestral home, but this time round we will target her household.

She  is now jobless, She washes other peoples clothes for a living. she is paid Kshs. 200.

The other day she came to inform me that they slept hungry, so she was telling me.One of the children went next door When the  neighbor\s  saw the child approaching her door she closed the door.

So, I went to our Catholic Church  I introduced the mother and she was given two packets of maize flour.

Thanks so much.

GOD bless you. Amen

Ahhdg
Oct 13, 2016
Oct 13, 2016

What you try to do needs more people's support. So I think spread your mind and awareness is so important. Thank you once again to let us know your story and that poor young mother. I hope now everything is good with her.

April

MAUREEN BII
Sep 22, 2016
Sep 22, 2016

Thanks for sharing your story, it's encouraging to know that as women we care for one another. I applaud your courage to take her to you home.you saved her life. be blessed

TERESA
Oct 04, 2016
Oct 04, 2016

Hi Maureen,

Thanks so much for your response.

GOD bless you. Amen

Elvire
Sep 24, 2016
Sep 24, 2016

Thank you for your story, Teresa.

The challenges of modern times keep many from approaching strengers on the street. You and your country fellows still believe in the power of compassion and solidarity and that is awesome. 

I am thinking of that girl's parents: I hope they have some regrets and remorse, that they can reconsider how to treat those under their custody.

More greese to your elbow, keep up the good work.

TERESA
Oct 04, 2016
Oct 04, 2016

Madam Elvire,

I appreciate so much your response.

It is true  challenges are there in approaching strangers, May I assure you that GOD will never leave anyone when you are doing HIS holy will. Fulfilling the acts of mercy to a stranded human being either accommodating him)her, feeding)sharing whatever you have with a needy person.

I have attached the story I asked her to write. She narrates that  before she came to Kenya she used to live with her grandmother,

She told me she does not know her mother.

When I looked at her while she was telling me about her mum, I did not want to imagine her mom died. According to how i saw her she was expectant.

She was crying bitterly, requesting  to be taken back home to her grandmother. how she missed her aunt.

 I wish I can get someone  who can assure me that she is now okay with her granny and aunt.

Hope she is now okay.

See you online.

Teresa

World Pulse Vocal Leader

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