Pepo La Tumaini Jangwani promotes a peaceful and supportive community with development opportunities available for all. We hold workshops and events for more than 300 people to bring all tribes and cultures together and advocate for the marginalised and displaced. We establish self-help groups and deliver crisis relief during drought and disease. In recent years we’ve reached 3000+ people.
Everyone absorbs the myth that males aren’t victims, to some extent. It’s central to masculine gender socialisation, and boys pick up on it early in life. This myth implies that a boy or man who has been sexually used or abused will never be a “real man.” Our society expects males to be able to protect themselves. Successful men are depicted as never being vulnerable, either physically or emotionally. In partnership with the local security administration, Tumaini’s new Community Initiative Action (CIA) project focuses on stopping sexual abuse at the household level against all children across 15 villages. So many boys are especially vulnerable to violence and exploitation and then shamefully silenced in fear of no longer being accepted as a man in society.
“Since 2004 when I first found Pepo La Tumaini in Kenya, to this day, I am amazed by the sheer force for good this small organisation has become. First, it was only Khadja and her one-woman campaign to save the children whose parents were dying from HIV-AIDS. Now it’s grown into a community powerhouse that deserves all our support. Tumaini stands between these children and the street.”