FGM and EFM are illegal practices that continue to obstruct the human rights of pastoralist girls. A rescue center, community education, formal and vocational education will provide safety and choice.
Lack of awareness of child rights and the law have left many pastoral people in Kenya ignorant of the fact that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Early Forced Marriage (EFM) are illegal and harmful practices for girls. These practices have denied girls access to school, choice, health and future goals. There are five pastoral tribes in Isiolo district. Large distances, language barriers, and lack of knowledge create tension between Kenya law, child rights advocates and traditional practices.
A collaborative of Expanding Opportunities and POWER, a CBO, informs through remote community education, sponsors girls for education and is building a rescue center for education, vocational skills, appreciation of creation, culture and conservation
Community education results in a more knowledgeable community and therefore less harmful practices, a community that maintains law and order; a more developed and self-reliant community; a community favorable to girl child education and prosperity.
"I don't want to be married, I want to go to school." - Dini, A rescued girl now in a home and school.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,404
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $8,596
Total Funding Goal: $10,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).