Happy New Year to all of our supporters at Global Giving. This year brings fresh challenges and new goals for the Tareto Maa team. Once again your continued support is vital to our work, not only to ensure the welfare and safety of the girls in our care, but also to continue the momentum in eradicating the harmful practice of FGM in the Kilgoris region and within the wider Kenyan communities.
December Campaign: successful community event
During the December “Circumcision Season” the refuge admitted eight more girls who had asked for help. This number was within the predicted ten that we thought might ask for shelter. It also showed that, for the second year running, a decline in the numbers needing to be rescued was achieved. It further demonstrated that the message is being heard within the Massai community that FGM is harmful, not to be tolerated and those who persist will be prosecuted and brought to justice.
The December Campaign – a week’s long community event to achieve this result was very successful. The event was conducted by Tareto Maa in cooperation with other local organizations and the district government. Local elders, doctors, community leaders, former excisors, girls from the rescue centre as well as the local community came together to hold a series of lectures and seminars to inform about the harmful practices of FGM. The event's conclusion was to declare a united voice to end this practice. Of the eighty adults who attended, such a declaration was made. This was seen as an enormous step in achieving “zero” circumcision in the Kilgoris region. While this practice is not going to be stopped overnight, the campaign shall be an important turning point for this to be achieved in the longer-term. For more specific information about this event visit: http://www.tareto-maa.org/successful-community-event-a-boost-to-fight-the-mutilation-of-girls/
Fundraising during the Christmas season: many new sponsors
Our Christmas fundraising campaign resulted in more sponsors coming forward. We now have a total of 72 girls, out of our new total of 104 girls in the refuge, having their school fees paid for by private donors. It would be wonderful if we could see this number increase further this year and we thank very much indeed to all those who have made this pledge.
One of our new ideas for fundraising was the implementation of Tareto Maa Gift Cards and this can be used all year round. So if you want to give an alternative gift to somebody who might already have all they need, perhaps consider using one of our gift cards. To see this view here: www.tareto-maa.org/tareto-maa-gift-cards/. The payment can be made via Kiva then.
Shop to Help: In UK and German-speaking countries
For UK supporters a fundraising idea called Easyfundraising is now set up. So when you make your purchases through Amazon, E-bay or other major retail outlets you can help raise funds for Tareto Maa, at no additional costs to you. View here: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/taretomaa.
There is also a version for supporters in
Back in September, the team had trialled four HURU Kits from a charity in Nairobi specialising in reusable sanitary napkins. This was to reduce overall sanitary costs as well as being environmentally friendly. The girls liked the kits, so funds were raised for a total of 65 kits to be purchased. These arrived in December and the girls were happy to receive them.
Gladys’ personal story was published on a website called World Pulse. This is a hugely personal and powerful story about how Tareto Maa was founded and the vision for the refuge. Many wonderful comments have flowed in and Gladys has been very touched by those words. Please find Gladys’ story here: https://worldpulse.com/node/62258
Finally, it remains to say a very big thank to everyone for all the efforts, contacts and financial support in 2012. On behalf of the team and the girls of Tareto Maa, we wish you all for 2013 a prosperous and successful New Year. We have many new tasks and projects that lay ahead and we will look forward to keeping you updated as these unfold.
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