Peninah Nthenya Musyimi, Safe Spaces
Growing up in the slums of Mathare, Peninah Nthenya was able to secure an education through a basketball scholarship. However, for many young women this is not an option, and the challenges of growing up in these informal communities can limit their opportunities in life.
By creating a safe space in which young women are provided with sports, arts, and job skills, Peninah and her team work to empower young female leaders with practical tools and to nurture their ability to imagine a better future. Reflecting on the work, Peninah says: We are “providing a safe space for young girls and young women to envision and pursue the future they want for themselves and their communities through capacity building and economic empowerment. This is a space where young women of today collect the paint brushes they need to paint a picture of their world and help them to create their vision of the world of tomorrow.”
Now a lawyer, Peninah met East Africa team member Miriam Wambui at an event in Mathare, and they quickly found a shared purpose in their work. Miriam selected Peninah as a recipient of a flow fund award from The Pollination Project, which will support the purchase of sports equipment and other materials, and they will be collaborating on future projects to raise the next generation of female leaders.