Dedication: I dedicate this story to everyone who walks with me in this journey of humanitarian , it's lonely but together we make it better
Telling my story will remain the most powerful tool I possess on earth, my story starts in the year 2020.
In March 2020, I received a call of a woman crying on the other side of the call. It was at 7:30pm, 30 minutes just after curfew hours that was announced due to the rising numbers of COVID-19.
This was the message from the other side “Pauline my daughter has been defiled and I don’t know what to do”
My heart has never been this broken, I felt helpless, am just a citizen, how was I going to get this girl get help, but I motivated myself and left the house at that hour. After 1 hour I was at this girls home
A 13 year old girl defiled, and the perpetrator threatening to kill them if they dared told anyone. I was so broken but this was my time to write a beautiful story and remind this girl that she has a life beyond her trauma.
After medication, police filing and all procedures, I got this girl to my house, we travelled 2 hours at night with the police stopping us at every spot wondering what we were doing past curfew hours.
But this girl finally got a home, she gave me the reason to start a safe shelter for girls in Kenya, she gave me a reason to tell my story, she gave me another chance to live a life of purpose
So whenever am asked how and why I founded Rebirth of a Queen shelter, my answer will always be
Rebirth of a Queen is a story of my life, surviving gang rape as a teenager, and domestic violence at 19 years, living my life in trauma but one day I choose the path of healing, and the best healing for is to create a better safe space for other girls to live a trauma free society
We are in a journey, for now it’s rocky but in every step we learn, we grow and we thrive and together we can make the world a better place
Photo credit: Image courtesy of the storyteller.