NAIROBI, KENYA – The families who live in Korogocho, one of Kenya's largest slums, will tell you that a sense of lawlessness reigns in the streets and shanties where they make their homes. With 100,000 people packed into just 1.5 square miles, Korogocho is overcrowded – and dangerous. A recent World Bank study revealed that 44% of respondents living in Korogocho and another Nairobi slum had been victims of a violent crime in the past year – including robbery, sexual assault or arson.
NAIROBI, KENYA – Last week, a Kenyan man who sexually abused 7-year-old Joel* was officially sentenced to life in prison. Thanks to the quick action of his neighbors and the hard work of IJM Kenya, Joel and his family can look forward to a safer future.
Confronted by a Stranger
In January 2012, Joel was playing with his friends when a man asked him to help carry a parcel in exchange for a small tip. But when Joel went to help, the man led him into a nearby forest and violently sexually assaulted him.
NAIROBI, KENYA – With the brave testimony of 12-year-old Favor* and strong evidence from IJM, a Kenyan schoolteacher has been found guilty of sexual abuse and will now spend 20 years in prison.
The decision was a comfort to young Favor. Now she knows that the abuse she suffered was wrong, and that the justice system can work to protect impoverished families like hers.
Abused by Someone She Trusted
NAIROBI, KENYA – Candy-filled piñatas, face paint and plenty of laughter marked a proud day for 25 children this past weekend. The boys and girls – all survivors of sexual assault – celebrated completing IJM's counseling program with their families, IJM Kenya staff and supporters. The graduation commemorated each child's bravery and recognized each family's commitment to helping their son or daughter work through a painful past.
Trauma-Focused Therapy Restores, Empowers