Lucy Mulenkei, director of our Kenyan sister organization the Indigenous Information Network, was in New York this week for the twelfth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). The UNPFII is a yearly session hosted at the United Nations that gives Indigenous Peoples from around the world the chance to discuss the issues and challenges they are facing as well as to share recommendations for how to address them. At the UNPFII, Lucy moderated a MADRE panel that hosted Indigenous women from around the world to discuss and share strategies for combating violence against Indigenous women.With Lucy in town, MADRE took the opportunity to put together a shipment of Helping Hands donations for the shelter schools for young girls that MADRE and Lucy operate together in Kenya. The Nanyori Shelter Network educates and shelters young girls who are escaping female genital mutilation and forced marriage. With your support, we are able to provide Lucy with the supplies she needs to keep the shelter schools up and running. Lucy will return to Kenya with school supplies including notebooks, pens, paper and crayons. We were also able to donate toiletries, soap, toothpaste, vitamins and over-the-counter medicines for the shelters.Thank you for your support!
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