What happens when you mix 20 girls and 100 boys in a HIV youth prevention program? The girls drop out, except one or two. The remaining girls struggle to be seen or have their voices heard. Frustrated by young people well intended programs that unknowingly rendered girls invisible, Felistah Ngui and Rose Kanyi decided to create a space for girls in slums of Nairobi.
FOHA was started in June 2006 as an informal meeting and dialoging space for girls living in Kayole slums by Felistah Ngui and the Late Rose Kanyi. Housed in a tin shack in Kayole slums, the space turned into something magical, a safe space where girls from the Kayole and its environs could come to hang out, sing, talk, access information and learn about their sexuality.

About Us

Goal: To create an environment where adolescent girls can discover as a community, their capacities and potential, achieve self-value, self-actualization and acquiring bodily autonomy and knowledge to make informed choices as measured by health seeking behavior, access to quality education, economic security, control over their bodies and health.

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Our mission:

To create safe spaces for girls and bridging the gap of girls’ isolation in development

Our Vision:

Investing in girls for sustainable and inclusive development

Who we are

Fortress of Hope Africa (FOHA) is an adolescent girls’ organization aimed at bridging the gap of girls’ isolation in development. Using human rights framework, we seek to promote social and economic status of girls’ through education, leadership and mentorship, entrepreneurship and sexual and reproductive health and rights interventions.

Our interventions are by girls for the girls reaching to the most at -risk girls below 19 years living in underserved communities of Nairobi county (Dandora, Kayole, Mukuru, Mathare and Babadogo Slums), rural Chonyi-Kilifi, Busia, Kisumu and Kakamega Counties. . Our projects benefit girls in and out of school, those who are married, teen mothers, sex workers, living with HIV/AIDS, with disability and survivors of gender based violence

We believe in creating safe spaces for girls to lead, learn, collaborate and explore their full potentials free from stigma and discrimination. Rural and urban poor girls we target are often left out or not able to access life changing opportunities that can; improve their lives and health, increase their access to quality education and enable them to fully exercise their human rightsOur experience has taught us that there is no one-size fit all solution to achieving women and girls’ empowerment, gender equality and women rights. Our interventions have evolved over time, girls lived experiences and realities shape and continue to shape how we formulate/design our interventions. We believe girls are leaders of today and Now! Our role is to provide a plat-form, facilitate and create opportunities for girls to meaningful participation in shaping their lives.

Meet The Team

Stella Pamba

Stella Pamba

Director of Programs
Mercy Mwende

Mercy Mwende

Project Officer
Dennis Mumbi

Dennis Mumbi

Administrative Officer


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Contact Info

Fortress of Hope Africa.
P.O Box 15015 00400
Nairobi, Kenya0
P: +254 020 242 0924, +254 724 834 512
E: info@fortressafrica.org / fohep_2005@yahoo.com