To see a society where sexual exploitation of girls is eradicated.
To provide education opportunities and psycho-social support to teenage girls in informal settlements who are at risk of resorting to prostitution and equipping them to build a life of freedom, faith and a strong future.
Our Core Values
Integrity, Love and Compassion, Transparency and Accountability, Servanthood, Excellence
Our passion runs deep and is backed by years of experience working with women in prostitution
Marcy has worked with girls and women who have been victims of sexual exploitation for over eight years. It is in working with women in prostitution that she learnt how many were pushed into prostitution when they were teenagers and young mothers. This influenced her decision to be part of the team that founded Ubani Trust.
How Ubani Trust was born.
Narrated by Marcy Oyoo: In 2012, I met Anne who was 22 years old then. Ann had gotten into prostitution when she was 9 years old. She had been staying with her grandmother and her younger siblings. Because her grandmother was old and fragile, Anne had to fend for them. She would go to the streets to beg. One day she met a man who offered to give her food on condition that she had sex with him. That is when it dawned on Anne that she could sell her body to get food for herself and her family. When we met Anne, she was malnourished, addicted to drugs and overwhelmed by her circumstances. I wondered how Anne’s life would have been different had someone rescued her when she as 9. Something in me was birthed and in 2016, together with like minded friends, we formed Ubani Trust.
Ubani is a Swahili word for incense. In the Old Testament, incense offering was made after the offerings of the animals to rid the altar of the foul smell. Our prayer for the our beneficiaries is that they will be an aroma of life and hope to those in their communities. Ubani Trust seeks to deal with issues of poverty, hopelessness and child sexual exploitation. Our goal is to restore hope and sense of dignity to the girls and community as a whole as we share Christ’s love. We work with girls between the ages of 14-20 years old who are at risk of resorting to prostitution and sexual exploitation. We seek to provide opportunities through which these girls can get an education, spiritual and psychosocial support as they navigate through life. We also provide an opportunity through which they can get a sustainable livelihood so that they would not engage into prostitution to fend for themselves.
Ubani Trust is a member of International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP) Africa Region.
We work in partnership with schools within the informal settlements in Majengo. Our life skills curriculum focuses on equipping the teenage girls with life coping skills. Examples of topics tackled include Identity, Goal Setting and Leadership Development.
We also equip the girls with basic literacy skills to enable them to read, write and understand the curriculum. We mentor girls and encourage them to take up formal education.
Through our interactions with the community, we have identified needy teenage girls and support them through school scholarship programs.
Unlike most scholarship programs which are merit based, we acknowledge the effects of trauma in the lives of the girls we work with and avail scholarship opportunities to all who desire to study and pursue professional careers.
Poverty and rape have contributed to the high rate of teenage pregnancies. Most of the girls are sexually exploited by their families through prostitution in order to contribute to the family income.
Through our economic empowerment programs, the teenage mothers and teenage girls who head their households will find healthier and non-exploitative ways of earning a decent living income while they learn vocational skills that will help them be financially independent in the long run.
As we work within the informal settlements, we have been made aware of the need for trauma care as many girls have been victims of traumatic experiences. Domestic violence and rape in the homes is so rampant and the trauma affects the psycho-social development of these girls and predisposes them to the risk of being exploited.
We provide ongoing and consistent psycho-social care and support to the girls at risk through counseling and informal education.
Ubani Trust values family and we know these families have played and will continue to play many roles in the lives of the teenagers in our program either for their good or for their bad.
Our family intervention approach gives us an opportunity to influence these families to support their children but also rise up together with us in fighting sexual exploitation which is condoned by many families in the informal settlements. We are also cognizant of the fact that some girls have been pushed into prostitution by their own parents.
Our main aim through our various interventions is to enable our girls become who God created them to be. To find their purpose in Christ, to be able to dream and be ambitious and seek a better life for themselves and their families.
Join us in lighting lives and bringing hope to many by donating to our cause. The funds raised will be used for setting up the social enterprise, for life skills and vocational skill training and for the basic literacy classes.
Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Livelihoods for Teenage Girls at Risk and Their Primary caregivers in Majengo (Nairobi) is a 12-month project aimed at providing teenage girls at risk in Majengo and their primary caregivers the chance to be economically independent through a group-based livelihood training and income-generating model of enterprise for the manufacture of organic soaps, shampoos, scented candles and beadwork.
Through this project we seek to establish a social enterprise with social impacts intended to economically empower the girls’ families, prevent their sexual exploitation, equip them with financial literacy, life skills and provide psycho-social support and opportunities for informal education.
Through the sale of these products we also want to advocate against sexual exploitation of girls in informal settlements. The girls and their primary caregivers will be at the forefront of product manufacture and marketing.
We intend for the girls to develop skills in income generation for scaling up the project and establishment of a social enterprise.
We have an amazing team who understand the vision and what needs to be done.