About Girls Hope Rescue Mission
Gladwell Wachira, a Kenyan woman of tremendous courage and strength, founded Hope Center for Girls in 2012 (registered as a Kenyan CBO in 2020). After experiencing sexual assault and child marriage herself at the age of sixteen, Gladwell’s ambition is to build a society where all young women can have access to safety and education without restrictions. She has worked relentlessly to extend these rights to them. Her advocacy is an inspiration that motivates us all towards creating a world with greater opportunities for female empowerment. In 2023 she hopes to expand her reach as Director and Chairwoman of the women board at Girls Hope Rescue Mission in the USA.
By providing a safe and secure environment, we will rescue, empower, and educate young girls and women in Kenya to give them the skills they need for success. We believe that through education these individuals can gain knowledge that is vital for their development both now and into the future.
Let us strive to build a peaceful world where all women and girls are liberated from Gender-Based Violence.
The Story Behind The Name
We chose to name our company Girls Hope Rescue Mission, as we are dedicated to granting young women hope for their futures through education and training.
Girls Hope Rescue Mission
As a registered non-profit organization in the USA under 501(c)(3) regulations, and also in Kenya as a Community Based Organization (CBO), we are dedicated to ending child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), sex trafficking, and sexual abuse that girls and young women face. Our mission is to create a safe space for those affected by these issues while providing three meals a day, health services, and education with access to the resources they need.
Founder and Director – Hope Center for Girls in Kenya
Chairwomen – Womens Board Girls Hope Rescue Mission in the USA
She has dedicated herself to making a difference in the lives of young girls since her own childhood. With passion and bravery, she has continued fighting for justice against issues such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), child brides, sex trafficking, and rape. Through her tireless efforts, she has managed to save over 400 girls between 4 and 17 from these horrible injustices. Now with more than 100 girls at her center who are safe under her wings, Gladwell is devotedly focused on providing them with protection while also giving them a chance at pursuing brighter futures.
Gladwell is devoted to offering support and care for these vulnerable children through shelter, education, medical attention, and emotional healing. In addition, she strives to build a bridge of understanding in the community toward addressing the core issues that plague this population. Ultimately, her objective is to manifest a society free from violence or exploitation against women and children so everyone can thrive peacefully with harmony at its heart.
Dee G. Atkin
President – Hope Center for Girls in Kenya
President – Girls Hope Rescue Mission in the USA
Dee is an entrepreneur who came to Kenya and had his life transformed by the work Gladwell was doing in rescuing young girls. Dee has spent years working to create vocational training opportunities for at risk young men in the USA. As President his focus is to reproduce Gladwell’s successful approach to protecting and empowering female youth across many more regions within Kenya, and creating systems to prepare young men to be good husbands to all our Butterflies (that is what Gladwell calls her girls – they all call her mum)!
- Church Organist from age 16 to the present.
- Sang Alto for five years with the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Music BA, Brigham Young University
- Taught Suzuki Method Piano lessons, private studio.
- Retired Licensed Massage Therapist, Cranial Sacral Therapist, and Abuse Trauma/ Emotion Processing Therapist
- Studied the Dream Interview Method, Delaney-Flowers Dream Center, San Francisco, Calif.
Our daughter lives in Kenya so we love the people of Africa. I have started clinics for health care for Indigenous women here and in the Marshall Islands.
Social Media Officer
I am a preschool teacher who is passionate about many things. I find joy in my family, my work in education, my love of music, my gardening, and my creativity. From a young age, I have had the opportunity to travel and live in different countries, which has broadened my perspective on life and has helped me become a more empathetic teacher.
As a mother of seven children and grandmother of seven grandchildren, I have experienced the joys and challenges of raising a family firsthand. I bring this wealth of knowledge and experience to my work as a preschool teacher, where I am dedicated to creating a fun and engaging learning environment where children can explore and develop a love of learning. My experiences living in different cultures have taught me the importance of diversity and the value of inclusivity in the classroom. I believe that every child has the potential to achieve greatness and I strive to provide them with the tools and resources they need to succeed.
Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and nurturing my passions for music and gardening. I find that these hobbies help me relax and recharge, which in turn makes me a better teacher. I am also a creative person who enjoys exploring new mediums and expressing myself through art.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little better through my bio!
Social Media Officer
Jami received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Utah Valley University. She spent over 4 years understanding social media trends, competitor analysis, and marketing strategies. She is passionate about using her knowledge to contribute and bring awareness to such a wonderful cause. Her love for traveling, other cultures, and people makes her excited to be a part of Girls Hope Rescue Mission. Outside of work, she loves dancing, yoga, and snowboarding!
Mary Ann Strong
Deputy Chairperson / Fund Raising Officer
I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. A. I came from a family of 6 children. My mother had polio and raised us all from a wheelchair. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Child Development and Family Relations and worked on a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. I am married and my husband, Brian and I have a blended family with 11 children, our last two adopted from Kazakhstan. We have 26 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
I have been active in education, overseeing the arts and music program in elementary schools, teaching piano, then executive director for Art Works for Kids, getting funding from the legislature and establishing the arts back in the elementary schools for the state of Utah. I have been politically active working for the incorporation of Millcreek City and helping good candidates get elected. I have helped obtain funding for various projects including suicide prevention, wholesome family films, and am excited to be a part of Gladwell and the Girls Hope Rescue Mission.