One Lamb seeks to provide a safe residential
facility where the victims of child sexual abuse
can receive restorative after-care through
counselling, affirmation, play, and security.
One Lamb works with marginalized communities in the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) by providing education programs and distributing sanitary towels to children in Nairobi. Through these programs, the partners have been able to raise awareness of children’s rights in the community, improve the level of general understanding of sexual violence, and rescue girls from sexual exploitation.
As part of the effort, the victims of sexual violence are provided with after-care services, for which there is an overwhelming need, especially those in informal settlements, where access to facilities is severely limited. Kenya has, at present, two main recovery centres where victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation can get treatment and counselling, namely the Kenyatta National Hospital and the Nairobi Women’s Hospital.
However, these centres do not have accommodation, thus the victims continue to live in the home or neighborhood where the crime against them was committed. This can result in continued abuse causing further trauma and prolonging the recovery. Education is essential in breaking the cycle of poverty – a major driving force in CSE. Unfortunately, when children experience trauma, such as sexual abuse, their ability to concentrate and learn can be greatly hindered.
Through effective counselling therapy and a sense of security, they can often overcome these challenges and reach their full potential. One Lamb seeks to provide a safe residential facility where the victims of child sexual abuse can receive restorative after-care through counselling, affirmation, play, and security. Once the children undergo the after-care program, they have an opportunity to join our scholarship program and attain a good education and skills for sustainable living.
Given the success of the initial pilot centre, One Lamb is now planning to make additional facilities available throughout the country. This One Lamb project is in partnership with the Gender Violence Recovery Centre at Nairobi Women’s Hospital and the International Justice Mission, sharing best practices and referrals for services. The Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 1,992,000.