“I stand with survivors because I was raised in a community that was full of violence. I grew up seeing survivors go through the trauma and the stigma while the perpetrators went free. No one did anything about it and so violence was normalized. Growing up, I wanted to be different. I wanted to change things in my own little way and so I chose to become an advocate for survivors: one who would create awareness on the issue.”
Lydia is Freely in Hope’s Violence Prevention Coordinator. In Kenya, her program trains students on sexual violence prevention in Kibera, East Africa’s largest slum. Her program reaches over 250 highschool students per week!