International Women's Day
Jimmia Women’s Rescue Centre with Madame Beatrice in red on the far right
To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017, Mary’s House is sharing its beautiful friendship with a Women’s Shelter in Kenya, Africa, called the Jimmia Organization Women's Rescue Centre.
One of the Mary’s House volunteers, Emma Rossi, had an opportunity to visit Jimmia with her family in July, 2016. ‘Our family, including the men and boys, had the rare privilege of meeting the women and children of Jimmia because of our connection with Mary's House,’ says Emma.
‘The Jimmia refuge manager, Madame Beatrice Njoki, aka, Betty, talked us through some of the horrific challenges women in Africa face, including; incest, rape and female genital mutilation. It was confronting.
‘The visit was inspiring too. Sometimes, when the problems seem too huge, it takes one action, one refuge, one new baby and the world is a better place.’
Teenager, Priscilla with her ‘adored baby’, Eugene. Priscilla is now back at school while her mother helps care for Eugene.
Madam Betty recently sent this lovely email:
‘Here in Jimmia we are fine, we have six women and five children.
Women and children have a great place in my heart.
Thank you for the great work you are doing.
Right back at you, Madame Betty!
And Betty has sent this encouragement letter to survivors of domestic violence and the residents of Mary’s House:
Hi Courageous woman,
I call you courageous because it has taken great courage for you to stand up for yourself and to say no to domestic violence. You have found a safe haven at Mary's house, for the time you will be here away from all the fears, insecurity and frustrations of life among others.
Take your time to restructure your life, always know how valuable and uniquely beautiful you are.
I am proud of you and don't wait until you've reached your goals to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.
You are amazing and I believe you have what it takes to overcome every challenge and to face every storm. This is a tough season for you but it won't last forever, you will get through it and come out victorious.
Knowing when to walk away, is wisdom
Being able to, is courage
Walking away with your head held high, is dignity.
Though we are miles away, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Lots of love, Betty