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Project information

End sexual violence in Kenyan schools

Sexual violence is endemic in Kenyan schools and 82% of children will experience sexual abuse at the hands of their teachers and/or peers during their school days. Until sexual abuse and rape are addressed, sexual health information alone cannot help children protect themselves and stay in school.

September 2009 - December 2014

Charity information: S.A.F.E.

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  • Need


    School-based sexual abuse creates an environment of fear in a place where children should feel safe. It is the leading cause for girls dropping out of school and it also serves to normalise sexual violence in children who learn to accept it as part of their lives.

    Whilst some organisations are working with schools to provide specific sexual health information to pupils, we recognise that until the issue of sexual violence is addressed, young people cannot be physically or emotionally safe.


    S.A.F.E. uses a unique combination of performing arts and follow-up programmes to challenge this problem.

    On stage, we give young people hope through an inspiring play that tackles the issue of sexual violence and alters the perception of sexual abuse as an acceptable status quo.

    Off stage, we follow up this realisation with workshops, forum theatre, role play, discussion and training. These programmes help young people to advocate against sexual violence in their schools and communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Empower young people to reduce the incidents of sexual violence in schools and to report abuse


    » Extend S.A.F.E.’s performance repertoire to reach more at-risk young people with a message against sexual violence
    » Use forum theatre workshops to engage young people in finding solutions and establishing strategies for overcoming sexual violence
    » Establish school clubs so that young people can continuously provide information and support to fellow students about sexual abuse
    » Engage young people in advocating against sexual violence within the school and within the broader context of their communities

    What success will look like

    Perform to over 80,000 young people a year and establish school groups for over 500 young people to take forward the message to their peers, schools and communities

    Aim 2

    Embed in communities the attitudes and skills necessary for broader social change


    » Introduce S.A.F.E. to schools and build strong relationships with the administration and teachers to support change
    » Promote and forge better relationships between schools, students, teachers and parents to guide and support community led change for children
    » Increase the capacity of parents to provide governance oversight for schools and challenge the social acceptance of sexual abuse in and out of schools
    » Train teachers in delivering effective sexual and reproductive health education

    What success will look like

    Train over 70 teachers and work with over 3,000 people in the broader community each year to establish change

    Aim 3

    Promote positive and healthy behaviour change in young people


    » Improve understanding of HIV (prevention, transmission and treatment) amongst young people and encourage condom use
    » Improve health and well-being support for young people within schools and peer groups
    » Enable young people to understand how sexual health issues relate to them

    What success will look like

    A reduction in the school drop-out rate for girls (due to pregnancy) and a reduction in the incidents of sexual abuse or contraction of HIV in school-age children

  • Impact


    Long term, overcoming sexual violence in schools will create a generation of young people for whom sexual abuse is not normalised and accepted as inevitable. Our success will be demonstrated by fewer reported incidents of sexual violence; a lower school drop-out rate; a positive change in attitudes towards sexual abuse throughout the school and wider community; and an observable change in the sexual and reproductive health behaviours of young people.


    Resistance from communities and teachers could negatively impact upon this work. To overcome this, we have consulted with influential teachers and leaders in our operational area and brought them into the process of change to create a sense of ownership for our interventions.


    We will provide financial and programme reports for donors every 6 months (or on request) and there will be regular updates available on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £58,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Performances Delivery of performances to over 80,000 young people a year
      £30,000 Follow-up programmes Establishing and training school drama groups; delivering Forum Theatre workshops
      £4,000 Inter-school drama competition 4 competitions involving 25 schools
      £4,000 Sharing learning Writing impact reports and sharing our best practice with other organisations with the same aim
  • Background


    This work will be carried out by all S.A.F.E. teams: SAFE Pwani in Mombasa and Coast Province; SAFE Ghetto in Nairobi's slums; and SAFE Maa with the Maasai of the Loita Hills.


    Beneficiaries of this project will be young people across Kenya, most of whom will be living in poverty and/or under-served by other interventions.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Theatre inspires in ways traditional education tools cannot and our work reaches young people in ways they understand, trust and enjoy. Our team of experienced actors are local to the areas in which we work and, as well as being extremely talented professional actors and educators, they are also the children of these communities. They possess a unique insight into the lives of Kenyan children.

    You can read more about why what we do works at www.safekenya.org

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    SAFE Pwani

    The original S.A.F.E. team, they work from S.A.F.E.'s main office in Mombasa, as well as delivering community programmes throughout Coast Province.

    SAFE Ghetto

    Formed in 2005 through open auditions held in the Nairobi slums, the team tours as well as delivering forum theatre in schools and with drama groups.

    SAFE Maa

    This team of 15 exceptionally talented performers courageously advocate for profound social changes amongst the Maasai, including with young people.


Trains a drama club to talk about sexual abuse

My teacher made me have sex with him when my school fees were late. I was going to kill myself. Then S.A.F.E. came to my school and gave me hope

15 year old S.A.F.E. beneficiary