Founded in 2003 by Racheal Tengbom, Voices of Hope is a non-profit organization, 501(c)3 registered in the state of Washington, that provides safety and educational opportunities to vulnerable Maasai post high school young women in the Central Division of Kajiado District in Kenya who are facing female genital mutilation and forced marriages.
Young girls that have managed to escape genital mutilation and forced marriages by attending charitable primary and secondary boarding schools have no means of safety nor possibility of post-secondary education after high school. As a result, they often return to their villages to endure genital mutilation and forced marriages; or they seek refuge in the city. With no marketable skills or training and no means to support themselves, they are often sexually exploited, become prostitutes, and fall victim to HIV/AIDS. Maasai Voices of Hope’s goal is to raise money to build a Safe Home/Learning Center for these young women in order to provide a protected safe haven for them to run to and a safe place to live while they are continuing their education.