7th Anniversary Gala
991 Tennessee St
This year’s theme will celebrate the Beauty of Transformation through live music, stories of transformation, and art created by Freely in Hope scholars. Our special guest this year is Freely in Hope alumni, Maryclare from Nairobi, Kenya! Maryclare is a fearless advocate and dynamic storyteller. After surviving rape and gang rape in her early teens, she felt like she had no options but to work in prostitution to support her family. In 8th grade, she went to school during the day and worked during the night to pay for her own tuition fees, her ailing mother’s medical expenses, and school fees for her two nieces,—one orphaned by HIV/AIDS. She worked in prostitution throughout high school and until her first term in university where she was sponsored by Freely in Hope—she was at the top of her class. This became her turning point where she saw that she could do something powerfully more than oppressive expectations.
Maryclare is now a liberated voice for young women who feel like their dreams are shattered by sexual violence. She is a powerful example for her friends still stuck in prostitution.
Last year, she graduated from Daystar University. Armed with a degree in Communications, Maryclare believes in the power of storytelling for the purpose of community transformation. Maryclare desires to see survivors rise up in freedom—allowing their voices of hope and dignity to be heard. As Freely in Hope's Program Designer and Storyteller, Maryclare creates programs that give platforms for survivors of sexual violence to share their stories with dignity. As a survivor, dynamic speaker, and fearless leader, her passion is to see a world where the stories of sexual violence will be but history. As one of Freely in Hope’s first scholars, she is a pioneer of transformative storytelling. She believes that the more survivors share their transformative stories from trauma to hope, the more they are able to experience a deeper healing that will heal the world.
Dinner and silent auction access will be included in the ticket price. Your support will help us reach our $50,000 goal benefitting our programs centered around holistic education, leadership development, and storytelling platforms for survivors of sexual violence.
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