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Congratulations on being selected as one of the top ideas! I am so proud to see how this idea has successfully progressed throughout the OpenIdeo challenge. Good luck!

Are you currently working with any other non-profit that focuses on this mission?
I know of an organization called Global Press Institute that offers women
the opportunity to be self sufficient by teaching them to be journalists
and paying them a living wage. They have trained and employed women from
across 26 developing countries. Perhaps some of the girls at Heshima could
benefit from this program and that Heshima could collaborate with GPI. I
don't know if this could go anywhere, but their link is below if you would
like to find out some more information about them.

As a current intern for Heshima Kenya, I can say that so far it has been a beautiful experience to see how Heshima Kenya's ideas and efforts have had the power to completely transform the lives of these young women. I was particularly drawn to this organization because of it's unique holistic approach. It is important to meet a person's most basic needs, but to then give that person the power to be self-sufficient through education and vocational training is incredible. I think maintaining/strengthening relationships within the community is really important in supporting the lives and businesses of the girls once they have completed the program. I think keeping local community groups engaged with Heshima Kenya's programs and keeping communication open between outside communities and the Heshima team in Nairobi is key in ensuring the success of the girls' business endeavors and even their safety in xenophobic communities. I am really enjoying being a part of the Heshima Kenya team, and look forward to seeing all the ways in which this organization continues to grow and prosper!