Azadi Kenya is a survivor-led, counter-trafficking NGO that focuses on the provision of long-term support for survivors of trafficking. Azadi’s mission is to enable and nurture safe spaces and communities for survivors of human trafficking to heal, thrive and claim agency. Azadi runs several programmes all of which facilitate healing, reintegration, and survivor leadership. Funding from the Survivor Leadership Fund will support a resource centre helping survivors develop skills, engage in advocacy and build a community of survivor leaders.
The Foundation for Integrated Rural Development (FIRD) is focused on tackling challenges facing women, girls and young people across communities in northern Uganda. FIRD works in post-conflict northern Uganda communities to protect the most vulnerable, defend and advocate for their rights and support them to fulfil their potential to promote gender equality. FIRD focuses on economic empowerment, microbusiness loans, financial literacy training for rural communities and survivors of child marriage. FIRD works to build community alliance groups, provide emergency funding for survivors, and run a violence prevention centre with a local partner. Other programming includes group therapy, a survivor-run agribusiness program, and technology literacy education.
Polycom Development Project is located in Kibera informal settlement in Nairobi, working to address sexual violence and exploitation, and to promote self-worthiness and appreciation among girls. Polycom runs various programs supporting survivors and women and girls with a focus on reproductive health, community engagement, and by supporting mental and emotional health through the Talking Boxes project. They also facilitate local government and community meetings and have a thematic sports program that engages survivor girls and youth around menstruation, sexual harassment, and violence.
Set Free to Thrive focuses on human trafficking prevention by raising awareness in schools, organising grassroots workshops targeting members of the public, and assessment and rapid response for recent survivors. Set Free to Thrive also provides assistance to survivors through direct services such as medical assistance, menstrual kits, baby kits, temporary accommodation, legal aid, trainings, job placement and counselling. They help survivors navigate the criminal justice system and facilitate prosecutions.
The Sisari Women Initiative Group (SWIG) supports survivors of forced marriage by providing shelter, food, and clothing. SWIG encourages girls to return to school by paying tuition fees and covering various education needs such as uniforms, books, pencils, and sanitary towels. Additional programming includes sexual health and rights trainings, building new clean water wells, and working alongside government agencies towards the arrest of perpetrators of forced marriage.
Tunaweza Empowerment Organisation catalyzes the power of the most vulnerable girls, young women and youth to create the future they imagine for themselves, for their community and for the world through empowerment and education. The organisation provides safe havens, psychosocial support, and mentorship programs for survivors of human trafficking, female genital mutilation, forced labour, and child marriage. They advocate for ending child violence and trafficking and air radio programs to raise awareness around women and girls’ rights.
The Women Promotion Centre provides integrated support for survivors that includes economic empowerment through skills training such as dressmaking and hair and beauty services. They also offer additional resources towards education for children of survivors. They provide sexual reproductive health programs for survivors and safe access to abortion. The Women Promotion Centre also supports those living in poverty through sanitation and hygiene programs.