BIG-HEARTED

Young author raises funds to fight SGBV

Usikimye will use the proceeds for safe housing, food and medical care

In Summary

• Evan Williams is selling his book to provide for survivors of sexual and gender violence

Evan Williams
Evan Williams
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An 11-year-old boy is selling his book to raise half a million shillings for local charity Usikimye

The book by Evan Williams is called Mason’s Mission. It is now available to buy online in an electronic format, and Evan is hoping to sell 1,000 copies to meet his goal.

Usikimye (www.usikimye.org) is an organisation working towards ending the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence. 

The organisation exists to ensure that women, girls and boys from Kenya and its environs are safe and free from violence, exploitation, neglect, and abuse.

Evan said he wants to help the less fortunate in the society.

"I am fortunate to live in a safe, loving and healthy home. I would like to help those who don’t have this privilege," he said.

"Usikimye are doing a really good job of keeping people safe, and I thought that if I sold my book, I could find a way to support the work they are doing."

Njeri Migwi of Usikimye said she is delighted that Evan is raising money for their organisation.

"If Evan is able to reach his target and sell 1,000 copies of his e-book, those funds will enable us to provide 240 survivors a month with safe housing, access to food and medical care," she said.