Janet Akelo

Janet Akelo

Program Manager - Crisis Intervention

Phone: +254726812448

Janet was born in a family of 9(3 already deceased) children, 2 boys and 4 girls. She is the last born in her family married to George and blessed with 2 children, boy and girl. She and her husband pastor a Word of Life church in Nairobi’s Eastlands area.

She was born, raised and schooled (primary and secondary) in Nairobi, later relocated to Eldoret after high school where she studied Library and computer science in Eldoret Polytechnic. She came back to Nairobi in early 2011 and later joined Home Of Hope in November, in the year 2011 and has been working with the organization since then.

At Home Of Hope, she is managing the department of the Crisis Intervention program and Stella women. Crisis program is concerned with reaching out to teen girls living in the slum ,who are pregnant and desperate. Here they receive counseling both Spiritual and psycho-social to help them go through the many challenges they are facing in life. Their pregnancy is due to rape in most case which leaves them hopeless and still vulnerable to men due to the unsafe environment they are in. There is great need to help them move to safe environment where they can stay and receive counseling and are also provided with the necessities of life.

In Stella women, Home Of Hope reaches out to single women in the slum living in pathetic conditions with their children. Most of these women live in makeshift houses( or are homeless), work at the dumpsite where they collect leftover stuff to go and feed their children for that is the only option they have. Others collect used plastic bags and wash them in the dirty polluted river , then resells at a very minimal fee(usually less than a dollar) to be able to afford at least a meal a day. Some while doing these, have small babies whom they carry with them and may sometimes attend to them with their dirty hands putting even their health and that of their kids at a very high risk of infection.

Our goal is to see the life of at least 100 vulnerable, poor women living in the slum changed every year. They become transformed and start living a successful life with hope inside them. To make a difference in the life the pregnant teen girls who have lost hope by offering them a safe place to stay as they await deliver and thereafter to give them skills that will help them raise their child(ren) once born.