This project intervention was based on the increase in urgent calls reporting FGM incidents in October, November and December of 2020. Following our successful work of rescuing 50 girls and keeping 250 more safe from FGM in this reporting period, we share key achievements and challenges.
The support from you, our community enabled the response to girls' urgent needs at risk of FGM, link survivors to care and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.
Key achievements this reporting period
1.Since the beginning of this year, we have been making monitoring visits; in April & May, we visited 100 girls.
2. Provision of menstrual pads, food and school essentials for 20 vulnerable girls in 2 villages in Kuria rural Kenya.
1. Limited funding to sustainably support girls at risk of FGM, receive care & support this exposing them to FGM.
Thank you so much for helping us reach girls at risk of FGM. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for your support always.
Mar 3, 2021
Empowering 400 girls at risk of FGM in rural Kenya
By Natalie Robi - Project Lead
Our report shares our experiences supporting more than 400 girls at risk of Female Genital Mutilation in the Kuria region, rural Kenya. In this region up to 80% of girls between the age of 9 to 18 years are subjected to Female Genital Mutilation From recent reports from stakeholders the number is suspected to be higher. Female Genital Mutilation is the cutting of the female genital as a way to control the sexuality of girls and is considered a social norm in most communities.
Our work during this period has involved monitoring, evaluation and learning activities. For example, we conducted 200 home visits in the month of January and February these visits help us sustainably support the girls, when we meet and speak to the girls and parents directly we are able to understand first hand the various issues they facing, through our visits key issues of access to basic essential like food, shelter and education came up. These visits are what have informed our aspirations to mobilize additional resources to support more girls.
In October, November and December we visited 250 girls across 40 villages in Kuria who were at risk of FGM between the ages of 8 to 18 years.
This intervention was based on the increase in urgent calls reporting FGM incidents a couple of weeks prior. Previously in communities we work, FGM on girls is customarily carried out during school holidays or the "Cutting season", with the sudden surge in the cases of FGM, Child Marriage and Child Pregnancies it linked to the crisis brought about by the pandemic like the closure of schools. Our communities have been using the prolonged lockdown period as an opportunity to cut a massive number of girls as we experienced in September, October and November and December.
The support from you our community enabled the response to girls' urgent needs at risk of FGM, link survivors to care and mitigate the impacts COVID-19.
We conducted our home visits at the peak of the "Cutting Period" risking our lives to reach the girls at of FGM as during this time the community is very hostile. During the home visits, we spoke to girls (depending on the proximity of the homes brought girls together in small groups) and had conversations on the harm of FGM and possible ways of getting help. There were instances where girls broke down and cried since before we got there, they didn't know where to run to, we saw "lesos" and razor blades that the girls had bought to go for the cut in a day or two; these girls we left immediately with them with the support of the chief & police. We also spoke to the parents, caregivers and guardians. In these villages, we also visited survivors who were sick due to infected wounds where we were allowed and linked them to services with a condition hey will not get arrested or harm us. Immediately after our visits, there were drastic declines in the reports of FGM from these villages.
Thank you so much for helping us reach girls at risk of FGM. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for you support always.