The Rose Foundation is a domestic violence charitable organization, formed for the purpose of domestic violence prevention. We at RF believe that domestic violence is preventable. Domestic violence is not an inevitable human condition; it is a choice based on values of someone's belief system.
Perpetrators of abuse can choose not to harm others and victims can be kept out of harm’s way.
Each year, domestic violence results in loss of life, non-fatal injuries, lifelong debilitation, a huge cost in annual health expenditures and loss of billions of shillings to our national economy through loss of incomes and investments. In addition, the grief and anguish that domestic violence brings, cannot be measured.
Why the Rose Foundation?
The founder of Rose Foundation is a survivor of domestic violence. She named the foundation after her late mother Rose Wali, a wife, mother, teacher and community activist. Because of her advocacy for women in her village, she was nominated as a councilor from 1962-1964. Among the organizations she served were Kenya Water for Health Organization (KWAHO), Taita Environmental Management Alliance (TEMA), Taita/Taveta Rights Forum, Maendeleo ya Wanawake, and Mothers Union of the Anglican St. Luke’s Church. In her life time she traveled to women’s world conferences in Russia and France to represent women in her village.
At the time of her death in 2012, at the age of eighty, she was still an activist in her community.
From the Founder:
I believe domestic violence is preventable. The Rose Foundation activities include: social education and outreach, public information and awareness campaigns, speaking engagements, training on domestic violence and capacity building. I keep striving to successfully implement locally what I learned at Boston University School of Public Health and working for four years in domestic violence shelters in the United States. I do this by contextualizing the problem of domestic violence in my country. In addition, I have successfully used the
knowledge and skills I have gained in domestic violence programs in Kenya.
Domestic violence prevention is my life long commitment. My dream solidified when I published my autobiography titled, The Triumph of My Life: Domestic Violence and Society’s Thundering Silence. The book details the domestic violence I endured in my nine-year marriage. It deals with issues such as the silence and cultural norms that fuel domestic violence in Kenya and offers examples on how each one of us can help alleviate the epidemic.
What is the Problem?
Domestic violence pervades our society. According to the World Health Organization, the prevalence of domestic violence in Kenya was 42%, in 1991. In 2015, the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey reported the prevalence to be at 45%.A societal ill is endemic.
Although domestic violence may occur among siblings, and within parent/child relationships or woman-/in-law relationships, intimate partner violence is the most rampant form of domestic violence against women, more than any other gender-based violence combined. Statistics show that the most common form of violence against women is that perpetrated by a husband or an intimate partner. (
In Kenya, retrogressive patriarchal cultures, and negative masculinity are deeply rooted in the problem of domestic violence.
Domestic violence against women continues to happen amidst centuries old gender imbalance mechanisms that uphold patriarchy in African societies. In their upbringing, men and boys are socialized to believe they are more entitled to life than girls. 90% of perpetrators remain as men. Therefore, women bear the burden of domestic violence. Many women are mothers. Children, who witness domestic violence, may grow up to become violent adults. Children are tomorrow’s future.
Family units make up a nation. It is important for families to create violence-free environments in order to foster peace in society, now and in the future.
The result of domestic violence is death, injuries, lifelong debilitation,loss of income and livelihoods, reproductive health problems and a huge budget expenditure on health. In addition, loss of earnings and investments as a result of domestic violence, makes a huge dent to our economy. Domestic violence is not just an individual problem or a private domestic affair; it is a societal problem.
If not for moral reasons, act for the sake of the economy!
How We Work
Activities & Priorities
Annual activities: Save the Family Fun day, Domestic Violence Awareness Walk, Social Education and Outreach, Speaking Engagements, Religious Leaders Training , and Teen Dating Violence Training.
The Rose Foundation is utilizing the primary prevention approach to deal with the problem of domestic violence in Kenya.
Some of the risk factors that RF we have successfully targeted in our prevention
work are: cultural and social norms that are supportive of traditional and retrogressive thinking that causes intimate partner violence; endemic poverty; economic stress and unemployment; communities that condone domestic violence and have weak sanctions; dysfunctional and unhealthy relationships characterized by inequality, power imbalance and marital conflict; witnessing or being a victim of violence as a child. Our prevention activities are tailored to address these factors.
Our work aims to restore shattered families, rebuild communities affected by domestic violence, and support other agencies dealing with victims/survivors immediate and longer-term needs.
The Rose Foundation's mission is to prevent domestic violence before it occurs, by using the public health approach of primary prevention, thus reducing first time victimization or perpetration.
We at the Rose Foundation believe, domestic violence is preventable. Therefore, our vision is to see that domestic violence is eradicated.