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Jun 11, 2019

Silvia joins the workforce

Silvia at college with her Global Giving lap top
Silvia at college with her Global Giving lap top

We are so proud to announce that Silvia S, one the first girls we protected from Female Genital Mutilation -- the horrific human rights crime in Kenya that is also known as Female Cutting -- has graduated from college and joined the workforce!

With the help of donations from GlobalGiving donors, Silvia graduated high school four years ago and managed to pass Kenya's rigorous college entrance examinations.

Silvia never gave up!

Despite obstacles few of us can imagine, Silvia managed to stay in college and was recently rewarded with a degree in Information Science.

Anthony K (Global Roots Operations Manager and Jack of All Trades in Kenya)  helped Silvia win a position with a leading Kenyan company that specializes in providing Building Management Systems -- which is basically security and access systems for business premises.

The job is a great opportunity for Silvia to get real hands-on experience and work on-site with client offices. Eventually, if all goes well, she will win the opportunity to help design some of the customized systems.

Silvia was forced to request more assistance from Global Roots recently when a former classmate of hers who she was hoping to stay with was forced to move out of Nairobi.

With no other options, Silvia asked for help and Global Roots provided the funds she needs to stay at a local hostel.

She is now staying at Qwetu Student Residences. The cost is US$150 per month – much less than other appropriate accommodations in the area.

Silvia's job pays only  US$140 per month so we need to send her more funds to survive on until she gets her first raise. We know she will!!

Here is a personal letter of thank you to Global Giving donors.

Hello. Hope you are doing great.

I would like to appreciate your scholarship  that has been the best thing that has ever happened to my life. At least my future is now bright. I can tell from the education journey that you've guided me through your sponsorship. I pray and hope daily that one day, I would graduate with a bachelor's degree that you have enabled me to go through.

Were it not for your sponsorship through high school and now to a university, I would have succumbed to the cruel Maasai culture of female genital mutilation and I would have been sent off to early marriage. 

The main problem that I have noted this days is early pregnancy. Global roots foundation has enabled me to have my strong qualities and standards that help me not to fall for this new traps. At least my life has taken a new direction courtesy of your assistance.

You are a blessing and I always appreciate your support. I promise to work hard and make you and the whole of global roots proud.

Thank you so much. 

Silvia S.

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WE COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD OF SILVIA. Please see the attached photo of Silvia holding the laptop computer we bought her when she was in college.

GlobalGiving Donors: thank you for your continued donations.

We started to protect 72 girls from FGM in 2008 but we didn't really know what success would look like. We started with just a handful of girls but this number swelled to 72 girls in 2010.

More and more girls started to run away from home on the night they were to be mutilated and sold into marriage because they learned of a brave Maasai woman named Carol who would protect them.

Carol turned to Global Roots when she heard a radio announcment from our founder who reached out to anyone who was protecting young girls from FGM.

With many girls living in her two bed-room house, Carol had noone else to turn to. She traveled across the Maasai Mara to meet with Rick and a partnership was born.

Now, ten years later, we still have 32 girls in the program and we are looking for sponsors who can help each girl finish high school and get through college. Each girl has a name, a life and an email address!!

Please contact Global Roots if you would like to sponsor a Maasai School Girl!! Email info@globalroots.org or call our founder Rick at 503 866 9525

In the meantime, than you for your donations on this GlobalGiving platform.

You are honestly helping us to save young lives!!

Feb 5, 2019

Success!

a brave woman and star student, PL
a brave woman and star student, PL

Note: we must use initials in this report to protect both the identity of the threatened girls and those who are protecting them. There remain adults who are angry because they are unable to cut their daughters and sell them into marriage.

 Success!

One of the Maasai school girls we support (we will call her PL) called Global Roots manager Anthony in Nairobi to thank us for the financial support that enabled her to complete high school last year. 

This June, PL will proceed to one of Kenya’s medical training colleges to study either nursing or medical lab technology. This is a very big deal because this tells us she passed her college entrance exams and she is so exceptional that she also won a free ride to college.

PL has shown her tribe that all young girls deserve an education and NONE should be subjected to Female Genital Mutilation and forced marriage.

PL had nothing to hope for when she was 12 and now all of her dreams are coming true. Global Roots played a very small role in PL’s rise. At every step of the way it was up to PL to study hard, stay in school and somehow resist the social forces that can derail even the smartest young girl. This often comes in the form of adult males who try to move in to divert young girls with gifts and/attention or wealthy young boys from private schools who try to “hook up” with girls at boarding schools – especially those who have little or no family supervision during holidays.

There are no words for the joy all of us are feeling for PL’s success. Thank you Global Giving donors – especially whoever registered recently to make a $250 “monthly” (revolving) donation. Monthly donations help us make a rational financial plan to pay for the boarding school costs that keep our girls safe from the horrors of Female Genital Mutilation.

Global Roots pays boarding school fees for 32 girls and rescue operations when we hear about a threatened girl or when one of the girls in our program are sent home for any reason from boarding school. We are now seeking a sponsor family for each of the 32 girls. Sponsorship costs $500 a year for approximately eight years. Stay tuned for our next report when I (Rick Montgomery, Executive Director of Global Roots) will share my own sponsorship experience.

MK’s son is recovering from his burns

We are happy to report that JK is on the mend from the terrible burns he suffered (see previous report) when his twin brother inadvertently pushed him over in the kitchen causing a pot of boiling water to fall on him.

Measures have been taken to not allow such an event to happen again. The grandma who watched it happen is also recovering from her shock. Any parent or grandparent who has ever watched a child suffer a serious wound understands.

JS is expected to make “nearly” a complete recovery. Global Roots wired funds for JS’s medicine shortly after the accident but we all became worried when his burns turned white. A local doctor told us it was normal and that the burns would darken as JS healed. You can see in the attached photo that JS is well on his way to recovery.

JS is a very important child to Global Roots because he is the son of the second girl we protected from FGM many years ago. JS’s mother is now a school teacher who was able to marry her first love, a young man named SS who, until recently, was studying to become a veterinarian.

A complication during MK’s pregnancy required SS to sell his inheritance (cattle) to pay for his wife’s surgery.

I was so impressed by SS during my visit to Kenya last June that we are now training him to serve as Global Roots’ FGM emergency response manager in Kenya.

Should any of the young girls who currently receive funding for boarding school from Global Roots be forcefully removed from school, SS will be dispatched to check on the girl immediately. Should the girl be truly threatened by FGM, SS will take up the case with the local police and the girl will be taken to SS’s wife who will protect the girl until Global Roots finds a new home for her.

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Thank you for all of your support!

Female Genital Mutilation is still practiced in the darkest corners in many countries around the world. It is regarded as a crime against humanity by the UN and it is a federal offense in Kenya. It is still common in rural areas that are largely out of the Kenyan government's sphere of influence.

Please contact Global Roots to learn more or to get involved. info@globalroots.org

JS wounds are healing
JS wounds are healing
JS is healing
JS is healing
Jan 2, 2019

tragic accident

A mother's nightmare became reality when Mary was teaching.

It pains me to report that Mary's son Jayden, now two years old, was being looked after by his grandmother when he tipped over a boiling pot of water when his grandmother was making dinner.

Jayden suffered severe burns all over his body.

If you don't know who Mary is, please refer to the project report before this one. Mary is the second girl that Global Roots protected from FGM when she was just 12.

Now she is 22 and is a full time school teacher. Jayden's husband, Saruni, is in training to become an administrator for a new Global Roots program in Kenya.

Baby Jayden is recovering now, and mostly out of pain. His scars have turned white and it is not yet known if they will be permanent. 

Global Roots wired $200 for Baby Jayden the minute we learned of the accident. We are now raising more funds to have Jayden transported to Nairobi where he will be treated by a specialist.

Baby Jaydon is important to Global Roots because he is the result of a marriage born out of both determination and love.

Had Mary not ran away from her village when she was born, she would have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation and sold into a marriage. She would have been forced to give up school and break up with her boyfriend Saruni, the very man she married many years later.

Global Roots is proud to support Saruni, Mary and baby Jaydon in their time of need!

Thank you GlobalGiving donors!

 
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