Unity Village began in 2011 as a refuge for women looking to start new, independent lives with their children free from oppression, abuse and other inequities. Creating a safe place to raise families while working cooperatively to meet our basic needs and help educate children were primary motivations for establishing Unity Village. The following stories help illustrate some of our community members.
Anna is described by friends and visitors as “one of the happiest and most generous people on the planet”. No matter the situation, Anna always seems to find a reason to laugh and share her joy with the people around her. Anna has four children: Sharon, Tikas, Becky, and baby Aldina. She values education strongly, and therefore she works hard to support her children’s enrollment in primary school.
Rose is a beautiful and poised natural leader in Unity village. Caring for children, she seeks to maintain balance and instill strength in the women and children around her. Rose is passionate about rights for women and speaks from her heart to share about the hardships Unity has overcome to be independent and happy.
Gladys is as sweet as she is strong. Although she is among the youngest women in Unity she embraces her role as a caretaker, including for her mother who has HIV. Gladys has one child named Andrew, and hopes he will one day receive a good education to earn opportunities to prosper and succeed.
Serafina is a bright young girl with a soft-spoken presence and a big heart. She is a student in the local primary school in Class 5, and is also a participant in the Samburu Girls’ Conservation Club where she enjoys learning about the plants and animals in her community, and how they are affected by people. When asked about her future, Serafina says she wants to be a doctor for her community in Samburu.
Roseline is a young woman with a perennial smile and gift of kindness. After finishing primary school she thought secondary school would not be possible due to the cost. Based on her kindness and potential, however, she received a scholarship from the Samburu Youth Education Fund in January 2012. Roseline currently attends an all-girls boarding school in Meru, a town located about one hour from her home. She would like to be a teacher and is well-suited to do so with a patient and calm disposition and loving heart.