Tareto Maa Organization

Tareto Maa is a community based organization in rural Kenya. The self-help group runs information campaigns on Girls' Rights and Child Health, and aims to overcome the outdated traditions of female circumcision and forced marriages within the Maasai community. Tareto Maa offers a Relief Center for young girls in our community, who refuse to be mutilated and married without consent. By this means we aim to overcome outdated, illegal and violent traditions which cause so much harm to the girls. The group's work focuses on the region where we are seated: Kilgoris and the surrounding area in Transmara District. The local pastor is a member of the community project and acts as a contact person ...

Tareto Maa Organization
Tareto Maa Organization, PO Box 89, Kilgoris, Transmara, Kenya
Kilgoris, Transmara PO Box 89
Kenya
+254 723563511
http://www.tareto-maa.org

Board of Directors

Esther Nkiti, Gladys N Kiranto, David Kipintoi

Project Leaders

Gladys Kiranto

Mission

Tareto Maa is a community based organization in rural Kenya. The self-help group runs information campaigns on Girls' Rights and Child Health, and aims to overcome the outdated traditions of female circumcision and forced marriages within the Maasai community. Tareto Maa offers a Relief Center for young girls in our community, who refuse to be mutilated and married without consent. By this means we aim to overcome outdated, illegal and violent traditions which cause so much harm to the girls. The group's work focuses on the region where we are seated: Kilgoris and the surrounding area in Transmara District. The local pastor is a member of the community project and acts as a contact person for the public - which is very important, because the church is respected as a moral authority in rural Kenya. The local congregation of the African Inland Church actively supports the work of Tareto Maa.

Programs

To achieve our goals, Tareto Maa informs the local public about Female Genital Mutilation, Girl's Rights and topics of Sexual and Reproductive Health. Members of the group go into the schools as well as into community assemblies, and explain about the injuries, both physical and psychological done by female circumcision and the importance of school education for girls. They distribute information brochures (written in Swahili). They offer personal talks and they inform the children about health and HIV/AIDS. If a girl does not want to be circumcised and married without consent, she can ask Tareto Maa for help. Gladys Kiranto and the local pastor will talk to the parents then and try to convince them, not to let the girl be circumcised, but send her to school instead. But in some cases, a family refuses and castes out their daughter. Then Tareto Maa will take care of the girl. Tareto Maa has set up a Relief Center for these children in need. If a girl loses her home due to her refusal of circumcision, Tareto Maa registers her at the local police station (the police will help to protect the girl) and admits her to the rescue center. Tareto Maa takes care of the costs for food, clothes and education when no mutual solution within the family can be found. At the moment, 70 girls are living in this center. Tareto Maa is a genuine grass roots project - managed primarily by women, and deeply rooted in the local community. But the organization has many supporters from abroad. For instance, a German and an English Tareto Maa group have already been set up. The German group has been approved as a tax-exempt charity by the German authorities, and the English group is currently applying for this status. In the US, there are many individual supporters who are starting to network with each other, planning to found a Tareto Maa group too. These have been some major steps of Tareto Maa's project development in the previous years: - In 2009 we started to cooperate with local schools, with regional congregations of the African Inland Church (AIC) and with the District Government: To campaign against FGM and child marriages. The reputation of Tareto Maa started to rise. Nine children asked for shelter and started to live in the families of group members then. (Until November 2010 the number of girls increased to 27.) - In 2010 we successfully found supporters via the World Wide Web. For example, Tareto Maa is now one of the most successful projects on the donation platform Betterplace.org. More than 220 people from Europe, North America, Australia and Asia donated ca. 38,000 Euro (ca. 54,000 USD), and in the project ranking Tareto Maa is number 7 of more than 2,400 projects (see www.betterplace.org). Tareto Maa also has one of the biggest supporters' groups on Kiva.org, including more than 600 members, with subgroups setting up individual sponsorships for some of the girls. - During the "circumcision season" in December 2010, the number of girls, we had to take care of, stepped up to 70. (The word about Tareto Maa had spread from "mouth to mouth" in Transmara - many girls came from regions where we had not been to the schools.) - In January 2011 the new Relief and Rescue Center was opened and the girls moved in. The construction works meant a great boost for the local support which Tareto Maa receives. Members of the local community started to bring food and clothes for the girls, donated soil and materials for further buildings and set up sponsorships for some of the girls. This local support remains on a very high level. At the moment, we are constructing a well to supply water to the rescue center, and to the community, and we are preparing to build a primary school.

Statistics on Tareto Maa Organization

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2011: $38,900
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $38,900
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