Take a tour of the Emily Martin Rescue Centre
A victim of spousal abuse - both physical and psychological – Esther Nderitu (see her bio on "who we are" tab) had a dream to build a home for women who were experiencing the same kind of pain. At one time or another, Esther had been raped, beaten, tortured and even found herself hiding in a pit latrine to escape her abusive husband. She knows first hand all that living with an abusive husband means for a woman and for her children. Working with the local police, we will provide a place where women can find safety while sorting out the next steps in their lives.
Esther began her journey by using money she had been given as an inheritance to buy one plot. Neighbors Outreach Worldwide assisted her by purchasing the adjacent plot. Things progressed quickly and thanks to a Crossroads Worldwide grant, construction began in June and all buildings completed by the end of 2017. We have received our approval as a Community Based Organization in the Githioro, Kenya. We are working with local government officials to be sure we have all of the staff we need and hope to open to the first client before the end of 2018.
On December 25th, Emily Martin left the United States to come and serve people she loved in Kenya. That would be her third and sadly, final time.
On January 1, 2018 she left us suddenly to be with Jesus. Our deepest sympathies are extended to her family - both in the US and in Kenya. Emily was loved by so many people. We have lost one of God's finest creations.
Len , Susan and Esther had asked Emily to serve on the board of The Haven and while she was here, she was to sign documents making her an official member. Before she passed, she was able to visit the nearly complete facility which only had a foundation and a few walls when she was last visited.
In honor of her life of service to Christ and her passion and commitment to the people of Kenya, the haven will be registered as and will forever be known as:
THE EMILY MARTIN GENDER BASED VIOLENCE RESCUE CENTRE