Mahali pa Usalama, started in 2008, is a healing and rescue centre under the Archdiocese of Mombasa. The program aims to uplift the dignity of children who are sexually and physically abused, trafficked or exploited. The children are brought to the centre after being rescued from exploitation or abuse. They stay at the centre for their safety. After at most one year they return to their family or go to a home.
Since the existence of the centre, more than 200 children and youth have been offered shelter, clothing, medical services and counselling to recover their self-worth and dignity. Presently, the centre has 25 children/youth receiving the psychosocial support. We offer them a rehabilitation programme including education for life skills and in-house continuance of their school studies. After evaluation of child/youth readiness, a process of reintegration and resettlement to a safe/secure environment is put in place. Many children have been reintegrated to permanent homes or, if possible, to their families. We also reintegrate them to primary and secondary schools.
The centre is run by the sisters of our lady of charity. They exist to witness Christ through church’s social teaching as their guide and inspiration striving to create a just, loving and caring society that recognizes the dignity of human person from the moment of conception to natural death. “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it to me”.