Faith Robi Nyamohanga
Hello, my name is Faith Robi Nyamohanga and I am 21 years of age. I was born in the beautiful country Kenya, the pride of Africa and moved to the United States in the year 2012.I am currently a part time student at Highline College getting my AA in Biology with an emphasis in psychology. It is with great honor that I accept to be a part of the 2nd generation Miss Africa Washington State Pageant 2017.This particular pageant has created a platform for young ladies like myself to voice our passion and raise awareness for the social, economic and political issues that need to be looked at. I am currently involved and working with Charisma Tumaini Centre based in Nairobi ,Kenya, which focuses on being a refuge to all destitute children, children who have been marriage institutions that involved domestic violence .In my country Kenya, and basically all African countries, the man is usually the head of the household and the decision maker in the family. Unfortunately, Domestic Violence is often overlooked in our society and is mainly considered a form of discipline and not as an issue. However, what most people do not know is Domestic Violence is a form of child abuse. In Kenya today, it is still a taboo to talk about domestic violence. Victims who speak out are stigmatized for airing their “dirty linen” in public. Many women will stay in this marriage institutions because they cannot bear to deal with the stigma that comes from leaving the marriage as many times the blame falls on the woman. Sometimes the man is a respected figure in the society and this will intimidate the victim from speaking out, because it is their word against that of the abuser. Mostly if not all the time, the children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to experience a wide range of psychosocial and behavioral outcomes. Exposure to domestic violence in childhood has been linked to low self-esteem , social withdrawal, depression, anxiety, aggression, violence and delinquency. The effects of domestic violence are possible to overcome , and it is possible to break the cycle of violence.
I believe that domestic violence is a serious issue and should not be overlooked even for the children exposed to this situations. It is high time that we raise awareness here in the United States and also back home in my country Kenya. This is why as Miss Africa Washington State, I will collaborate with already existing organizations to help rehabilitate children and women who have been victims of domestic violence. I will take and understand all opportunities during my reign and even after to advocate and give back to the community not only in Kenya but also all over Africa and here in the United States. I believe there’s no way to ensuring the success of our future rather than securing our future generation.