Tareto Maa Organization

Tareto Maa is a community based organization in rural Kenya. The self-help group runs information campaigns on Girls' Rights and Child Health, and aims to overcome the outdated traditions of female circumcision and forced marriages within the Maasai community. Tareto Maa offers a Relief Center for young girls in our community, who refuse to be mutilated and married without consent. By this means we aim to overcome outdated, illegal and violent traditions which cause so much harm to the girls. The group's work focuses on the region where we are seated: Kilgoris and the surrounding area in Transmara District. The local pastor is a member of the community project and acts as a contact...
Dec 19, 2016

The impact of the community campaigns

One of the biggest impacts and successes to date of Tareto Maa has been the campaigns to the wider community, most notably, the one that occurred in August 2015 and again this summer. Last August, the campaigning centred upon the coming together of villagers and community leaders to show how education and the empowerment of young girls and women can have such a dramatic and positive effect on changing attitudes to genital cutting. Most notably Gladys reports how the men’s attitudes are changing and how they are celebrating the girls in their community being able to go to school. Even Gladys’s own Father (who was resistant to any change) is now proud of his daughter’s achievements.

This year, the summer event marked the occasion of children returning for the new term and this was celebrated by overseas visitors and the making of a film (a separate report of this is being written). Some girls had finished school and there were successes within higher education as well. There was a big party and exchanging of gifts for the girls which included books, balls and writing/drawing equipment.

The girls dressed up for this event and this was intended to highlight a specific impact statement. Girls are dressed in their best clothes for when they are circumcised. This dress tradition was observed, at this event, but the difference was this was a ‘rite of Passage’ for educational success, not for FGM and early marriage.

Lydia, one of the girls, graduating spoke about how education changes and empowers women and what this opportunity has meant to her. This was such an emotional and passionate speech that there were tears of rejoicing in the audience.

So a shift in culture has been made with respect to old practices. To date, it has been noted that within a 20-30km radius, no more genital cutting is now occurring but in the wider community, beyond this area, it is still being practiced. On a micro-level Tareto Maa has definitely changed the immediate environment and not just in FGM rates. It is reported that girls who are educated bring back their skills and knowledge to the community, whereas if boys are educated, they often leave the area, so that does not benefit the community as a whole. The wider aim of Tareto Maa is to take their message and their model further afield in the future.

These girls finished High School with your support
These girls finished High School with your support
Sep 21, 2016

The days of Tareto Maa

Tareto Maa Girls proud with sunglases
Tareto Maa Girls proud with sunglases
In August we had some visitors and some events at Tareto Maa and this was a cause to celebrate. Firstly, Gladys and Markus our directors came to the centre with some visitors. Lawrence and Astrid from BNI Germany and along with Caroline ( from America) came to make a film about Tareto Maa. This is a very exciting development and the film will be ready to be shown by Christmas.

We also had a party to celebrate the girls' school successes and a farewell party for those transferring to high school and those who had completed college. The party was colourful and very successful, and we were entertained by the girls and the community at large with photos and videos taken by our guests. It was a great day for everybody and the girls and staff really appreciated the party that was prepared by our visitors.There were also presents for the girls that were brought with them. We wish to thank them very much for all these things.

On the same day, we had a fundraising event to help start raising funds for the building of a new girl's dormitory which is full to capacity. 
The school opened for the start of the new term on the 29th August and the teachers and pupils were very excited and full of joy in receiving presents from our visitors; of books, crayons, balls and other playing equipment. Our guests had to leave the next day (30h August) and this caused mixed emotions. The children were so happy with the occasion,the gifts that had been bought,of their school opening again but sad to see the visitors, who had been made most welcome, return to their homes.

There is one challenge which is affecting the school and that is access to clean water because of a drought which has lasted two months. This has had a terrible effect on the vegetables grown, including maize and beans which are available some miles away but there the prices are higher. Finally, we thanked God for some rain which helped to minimize the dust. We need your support to help keep feeding our girls within this present time, as the climate poses continued challenges with growing crops and access to fresh vegetables and food.

We thank all our supporters in advance for  your continued help and donations for everyone both girls and care staff at Tareto Maa.

Tareto Maa Girls finished High School
Tareto Maa Girls finished High School
Play time at Tareto Maa
Play time at Tareto Maa
Group photo with the visitors
Group photo with the visitors
Jun 23, 2016

Success in Sports and Education

Tareto Maa Girls racing
Tareto Maa Girls racing

The girls of Tareto Maa have had both sporting and educational achievements over the last three months and we wish to share their successes here to show what your support means, not just in combating FGM/ early enforced marriage, but in helping these girls achieve beyond what they thought possible.

The girls enjoy football and have their own team. In April, they represented the Pirrar Division at sub-county level. They were very proud and happy to represent their county. As well as being fun, they really enjoying taking part. This activity also helps them to become fitter, stronger and healthier, as well as working as part of a team.

Also very recently, two girls, Magdaline and Rael represented, not only their school, (the Naitawang River Side Academy)  but the whole Transmara West Sub County at County level, in the town of Narok. They competed in the 800M race and Shot Put Field event. Everyone, including their teachers, local community and school friends have high hopes that they will go on to compete at a national level. Good luck to all the girls continued success in these sporting events. We are very proud of them.

In education, there has been academic achievements too. Two girls have been training to become teachers. Firstly, Lydia received her credit certificate of primary school teaching at Shanzu Teacher Training College. She was one of the girls sponsored through the Tareto Maa sponsorship Programme. This is a very fine achievement for Lydia and Tareto Maa for making this possible.
Sylvia, another girl from Tareto Maa, like Lydia, has a dream to be a teacher. She  finishes her teacher training in July. Currently, she has been volunteering at the Tareto centre helping other girls with their learning. She is grateful for the financial, social, emotional and moral support she has received from supporters. Sylvia believes that education is the key to unlock your future. She wants to help other girls achieve their potential and has gladly been teaching the girls as a volunteer to help them secure a better future.

Congratulations Lydia and Sylvia. We are so proud and happy of you.

So, this news demonstrates how much can be achieved through the support of individuals, through such platforms as Global Giving. On behalf of the Tareto Maa team and the girls, I would like to thank you very much to all our sponsors and supporters who help our girls, in both these sporting and educational achievements.

Gladys Kiranto.

Tareto Maa Girl
Tareto Maa Girl
 
   

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