Encouraging and empowering girls in Kenya to rise above and live their lives for Christ.
Who We Are
A ministry for girls in their teens and twenties who are growing up in the Mathare Slums in Nairobi, Kenya. Encouraging and empowering these girls to rise above the hardship and adversity they face daily and to live a life for Christ.
What We Do
A group of girls coming together to encourage one another as they rise above their circumstances and grow in their faith.
• Bible studies
We want these girls to know that they are unique, treasured, and loved. We want them to know that they have people in their lives that want to listen to them, encourage them, and to pray with them.
The Mathare Slums
Approximately 500,000 people live in an area of three square miles. They live in small shanties made of old tin and mud. For most, there are no beds, electricity, or running water. There are public toilets shared by up to 100 people and residents have to pay to use them. Those who cannot afford to pay must use the alleys and ditches between the shanties.
Given the extreme poverty and cultural traditions, most young girls grow up with little or no education, few career prospects in a male-dominated society, a lack of a maternal relationship that help them navigate the issues of becoming a young woman and a great need for spiritual input that will help them see themselves the way God does.
In Nairobi people say “Mathare, what good can come out of that place.” BUT… God is in the business of making beautiful things out of the dust. He is the light in the darkness there and he can use Elevate to reach the girls there in amazing ways.