CHERISH OTHERS ORGANISATION KENYA

Cherish Others Organisation- Kenya was registered in 2004 as a local non-governmental organization dedicated to uplift the lives of the vulnerable members of the community that include the women, girl child, the youth and the orphans. Cherish Others exists to improve the livelihoods of the resource poor communities through information sharing, education and providing support and care while working with them towards reducing HIV/AIDS prevalence within their environment. The organization contributes to advocacy campaigns on issues affecting the girl child, such as education, girl child rights and adolescent pregnancies. It is also involved in mentoring young girls for professional development...
Sep 5, 2014

ANTI-FGM SEMINARS HELD IN KIGORIS

FRONT SECOND RIGHT IS A TRAD. BIRTH ATTENDANT
FRONT SECOND RIGHT IS A TRAD. BIRTH ATTENDANT

An Alternative rite of passage ceremony was conducted for thirty girls.

The ceremony involved a three (3) days training of facts about FGM and other traditional rites and their harmfulness to the society. The training incorporated useful information like that which was given to the girls in a traditional girls’ circumcision ritual referred to as the isolation period. Normally during this time, they would learn how to assume adult roles, prevent pregnancies before marriage, how to treat their husbands and upholding family stability. The big difference between the two is that in an alternative rite of passage ceremony the importance of seeking a good formal education was emphasized and more significantly the girls did not go through the cut. In the seminar the girls were allowed to express themselves regarding their sexuality and ambitions. At the end of the ceremony, the girls were awarded with certificates of participation.

Women Seminar

Also, Cherish Others held an ANTI FGM seminar for a group of fifty women. The training also saw the participation of three traditional birth attendants and one reform circumcisor.

Reasons why FGM was practiced:

The participants cited the following as the reasons why FGM continued to be practiced within the Masai community:
• Rite of passage from childhood to adulthood
• Marriageability
• To fit within the age group and society
• To avoid isolation from others
• due to pressure by the culture
• To win their parents' love
• It was during circumcision that the girls were educated on how to become good mothers and wives.
• For recognition or prestige
• To avoid future isolation
• To gain respect from the community
• Some were put through circumcision without their consent particularly in moments of child delivery by the traditional birth attendants.

The group was taken through a rigorous session of defining FGM and the various types of FGM; The effects of FGM and the implications of FGM and as a way Forward the participants resolved that

a. They would stop FGM practice
b. Encourage their girls to go to school
c. To encourage expectant mothers to give birth in hospitals whenever possible


Cherish Others would like to express heartfelt gratitude to our partners from the GlobalGiving Community for their partnership in this project of fighting FGM in the Masai Community.

Jun 6, 2014

FINDINGS OF AN ANTI-FGM EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR FOR WO

WOMEN PARTICIPATE AT AN ANTI FGM SEMINAR FOR WOMEN
WOMEN PARTICIPATE AT AN ANTI FGM SEMINAR FOR WOMEN

An Empowerment seminar for thirty women was conducted in Kilgoris town so that they could be educated on FGM and its effects on its victims.
The women participated fully with enthusiasm and gave their contribution without hesitation.
Conclusions were made as follows;
1. Traditional Ceremonies for instance moranism encouraged young men to marry girls who have been put through FGM.
2. Traditional Birth attendants insisted on circumcising women who are not circumcised while giving birth.
3. Circumcisers insist that they also earn from doing the genital cutting
4. Polygamy:- Other women in the marriage ostracised the uncircumcised girl.
5. Early Marriages implied that the family acquires wealth at minimal cost of upbringing the child.
6. Poverty: - Parents said they did not have money to pay for the girls’ school fees.
7. Ignorance: Many of the community members did not have knowledge of better living. They did not know that girls were entitled to education and employment opportunities just as boys did.
Way Forward
The participants came up with the following as strategy for the anti FGM campaign
• Continuous sensitization
• Promote education for the girl child
• Emphasis on spiritual awakening, spiritual guidance among couples, and the youth
• Promote life skills education
• Economic Empowerment to reduce poverty- Income generating activities in our community so as to enable them pay school fees for their girls

Mar 11, 2014

EMPOWERING GIRLS WITH EDUCATION

EMPOWERING GIRLS WITH EDUCATION

The woman is the caretaker of the home and family members. Her role is restricted to mainly bringing up children, and performing entire house hold chores such as collecting firewood, fetching water and observing cleanliness. Their role is so domesticated that they actually do construct their own houses. The women are kitchen gardeners as they do not have any right in determining the various uses for the piece of land. They do oversee the grazing of the livestock but have no say on deciding how to economically dispose off the livestock. However, they are allowed to sell farm produce and milk. Such are the expected paths of life of all girls who grow up in this community. Little wonder Kilgoris has few lady professionals since they do not go through schooling up to tertiary level. As soon as a girl attains 11 to 13 years of age she goes through Female Genital Mutilation and married off immediately, most probably, in a polygamous set up in exchange of an average seven cows. By the age of 15 years, the girl is not only a wife but also a mother.

Cherish Others expresses gratitude for the support of Global Giving Community. The project was able to reach out to 50 girls and all of their parents. This was a commendable achievement for the partnership which aims at changing the attitudes of the community members so that the community can regard the girl child as an equal to the boy child and therefore give her as much attention as possible.

There is need to empower girls with education and nurture them to acquire skills and knowledge to attain self actualization. The empowered girls exhibited great yearning for more and more knowledge. It was apparent that as days went by their morale and self confidence were greatly and positively enhanced.


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