Pray for Mary

Wow, I can’t believe we only have a week left in Kenya! These past couple of weeks have been extremely busy for us, preparing our project proposals, going out in the field, and a lot of teaching. Last week, Chentese and I did home visits to the hairdressing students houses. The basic idea behind home visits is to see what their home life is like and the distance they have to travel to get to KMET everyday, just to gain perspective. Although home visits don’t offer any information about the abuse some of these girls endure every day, they do offer perspective for other students to see what their home situations are like. The home visits were actually a lot of fun, I love all my students and it was interesting to see where they live.

Along with home visits, Chentese and I also traveled to an NGO called Agape to visit our 9 year old case, named Mary. I mentioned Mary in a previous blog; she got pregnant by her father, has given birth to the baby, and now is currently at Agape taking classes and getting therapy. She is still very traumatized and quiet and I felt  extremely out of place and uncomfortable with visiting her. I asked her some questions about school, her favorite class is math. She was crying because she just wants to go home, she doesn’t understand that it may be unsafe for her to go home, the trial with her father is coming up and in order for him to be implicated, the DNA test of the baby must be confirmed that he is indeed the father of his daughter’s child. Unfortunately the mother of Mary has been rejected by her in laws because they blame her for their son going to jail. Mary’s mother is struggling because even though her husband was abusive, he did provide for the family and now she’s struggling to feed herself and her other children. Currently, the idea of Mary possibly getting a scholarship to an all girl’s boarding school, however, Mary also has to agree with that idea as well. It’s very complicated because of how young she is. I hope for the best possible outcome for Mary in the future, her case is so unfortunate and definitely unique, my heart aches for her and the trauma she has endured.

Aubrey Gedeon ’17
Kisumu, Kenya