Empowerment through Improving Facilities at the Sizakuyenza Safe House

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Our project aimed to promote the rebirth of hope through the implementation of physical improvements to the Sizakuyenza Safe House, a shelter for women and children who have survived domestic abuse. We were able to realize our goal through extensive cooperation and input from those living and working in the shelter. A blossoming relationship with the Safe House residents and staff allowed us to implement a variety of upgrades and additions, including developing a children’s playground, renovating a therapeutic fountain, designing and installing an adjustable set of dryer lines, and customizing a garden. The staff and residents were an integral part of each task, giving them a feeling of achievement with each addition and upgrade. This involvement introduced an atmosphere of motivation, a sense of ownership, and a culture of hope and empowerment to every woman and child.