An Insight Into Life Within a Safehouse
Reaching out to those in need within the community is the cornerstone of what Our Kitchen Table stands for. As many of you know, a major component of our work is to help with the soul nourishment and confidence building of women and children living in safehouse accommodation.
Recently a group of Our Kitchen Table volunteers attended a thought-provoking and heartfelt presentation delivered by Anne Mbugua-Jenkins, Manager of the Women’s Liberation Halfway House. Anne, whose own background and story is truly inspirational, took the group through the history of the safehouse and explained the processes through which women can access the facility should they need to. Anne provided an insight into what daily life is like for families living in refuge as well as how safehouse volunteers work with the women daily to help them get their lives back on track.
We are grateful to announce that Our Kitchen Table will soon be working directly with Anne and the Women’s Liberation Halfway House through the development of a two-part program aimed at further strengthening and empowering its residents.
The first part of the program will involve the commencement of a safehouse-based pod that will teach the residents how to sew. In doing so residents will be able to make gifts for others living within other safehouses and people generally in need, but more importantly it will provide them with a practical skill that they can incorporate into their daily lives moving forward.
Part two of the program entitled “Empower Me – Health/Wellbeing and Beyond” will be a six-week skills course helping to prepare the residents for life beyond the safehouse.
Our Kitchen Table is thankful to Anne for taking the time to share her story with us and we would like to acknowledge the immense and tireless time and energy that people just like Anne contribute every day to helping others and towards the overall betterment of the world.