FARAJA house was established in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic when many teenage girls in Machakos became pregnant. The house became a refuge for them due to the harsh circumstances that surrounded them; having come from very poor settlements, with challenges alluding to GBV, mental health, and broken families. Besides refuge, these young mothers were helped to deliver safely. Additionally, they were armed with the necessary skills of motherhood.
Today, Faraja is a center that admits youth and young women from the community to give life skills, therapy, and vocational courses - Tailoring and Dressmaking, and Cosmetology. During their stay at Faraja, women and youth are offered; Tailoring, dressmaking, and cosmetology.
This was the first course that women and the youth were introduced to alongside the moral support they would get after the rescue operations.
Today, we have more than 1,000 women who have graduated from the Tailoring and Dressmaking class since its inception. On completion, their exams are booked with NITA, and a certificate is granted from the organization.
Additionally, we have women who have secured jobs with the factories within Mlolongo while others have started their own jobs.
Due to the rising demand for another course, to supplement Tailoring and Dressmaking, the Cosmetology class was started this year, 2023, courtesy of some volunteers. In this course, the youth and women learn Nail technology, Hair/Skincare, Barbering, Physiology, Health Nutrition, and Entrepreneurship.
Every Monday of the week comes with therapy sessions to enhance the sanity of the youth and women at Faraja. The sessions start with group therapies and end with a one-on-one, to ensure that all the issues are raised and solved.