The project works at the community level to educate local leaders as well as parents about the dangers of early marriage. Last year, 32 parents and local leaders attended community meetings on the topic. Furthermore, almost 100 girls from the Kajiado community were able to attend workshops on women’s health issues and receive guidance counseling. With IPM funding, the school is able to provide these services as well as pay room and board fees for six rescued girls per year.
IPM has begun taking delegations of visitors to its projects, and after a recent visit to Kajiado, Mrs. Nangurai said “I have found the idea of IPM visiting their projects very useful, especially when you bring along students from the U.S. The girls get motivated and encouraged. It is also a chance for those visiting from the U.S. to learn the hardships that others go through so that they realize how lucky they are – to learn not to take things for granted.”
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