These words were proudly echoed by 80 girls to their families, church members and the world, at a local parish in Nairobi, Kenya. The girls were taking part in the Rite of Passage program which has proven to be a successful alternative to undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM).
MWIA Executive Officer Kim Nass, reflects on her time spent at the MWIA projects in Kolkata and Darjeeling. Nothing prepared me for my arrival in Kolkata – a city filled with energy, clutter, noise and chaos. Even before I landed I was made aware of the warmth and friendliness of the people.
The House of Welcome aims to nurture hope, advocate for justice and promote self-reliance for people traumatised by persecution and violence, who want to make a new life for themselves and their children. It is here that refugees and people seeking asylum find welcome, shelter, support and the possibility of taking some control over their lives through the Empowered to Work program.