Wounded Healers is an established anti-sexual non-profit organization renowned for implementing programs dedicated to ending the cycle of sexual violence and providing support to survivors. Working in Kenya and Southern Maine, we provide platforms for survivors to lead in trauma-informed initiatives and strength-based leadership that promotes and restores dignity among African women. Our community-based approach makes the people we reach partners and friends rather than just beneficiaries.
We comprise a multicultural and multidiscipline team of Survivors, Staff, Board, and leaders who believe that the people we serve are precious and worthy of love and restoration.
The strategy is aligned with The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We seek to support and spur movement toward the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically:
- Reduced inequalities
- Gender equality
- Quality education
- Good health and wellbeing
- Climate Action
We envision a community where exploiters are stopped, children are safe, and dignity is restored among survivors of sexual violence.
- Help survivors and their families heal from the aftermath of sexual violence through crisis intervention, counseling, and advocacy.
- Community outreach, education, and legal and public policy initiatives that eradicate modern slavery, sexual exploitation, and sex trafficking
- Empower and undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources and access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance, and natural resources.
- Teach girls to exercise the power of their voices and leadership through social-emotional learning.
- Encourages rural girls to stay and succeed in school, addresses girls’ health, and fosters girls’ agency and confidence to help them pursue their dreams.
- SURVIVOR CENTERED: Started by survivors, in service of survivors, WHI is committed to survivors in all of our work. We understand the trauma that survivors of violence go through, and therefore we are mindful of this in everything we do.
- COURAGE: The willingness to speak up despite risks. The willingness to take action despite obstacles. The willingness to ask for help. The willingness to dream big despite discomfort. The willingness to stand up for yourself and others. The willingness to be an ally for others.
- Wounded Healer: A person who takes the courageous step to come forward, to tell their story, to seek help, and from that experience, can transform their pain to help others.
- A community of young women survivors of sexual violence, mentors, leaders, and advocates who are healing and passionate about ending the cycle of sexual violence.
- SOLIDARITY: We recognize our struggle in the struggle of others. Solidarity is our key value of growing together to achieve transformation. We genuinely believe that only unifying opinions, feelings, purposes, and interests among the people we work with will make the change possible.
- RESPECT: We demonstrate high respect for one another, donors, partners, and the people we serve in all the communities. We recognize and acknowledge the strength that comes from diversity. We value all people equally and treat others as we would like to be treated.
We recognize that ending violence against women, youth, and children will require energy, support, and commitment from multiple groups in our society. We are part of an extensive network of people active against violence. Thus our work cannot be separated from the awareness and repudiation of sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, discrimination against people with disabilities, and other forms of oppression.