Miriam delivers a powerful kick during team practice. Photo by Elizabeth G. Pratt.
As we wrap up our Women’s History Month here at TYTW, we reflect on our gratitude for donors like you whose generosity makes our work and programming possible.
We are thrilled to share that with schools reopening in Kenya, we have been able to welcome back the girls’ soccer/football team! In Laikipia County, where TYTW partners with Falling Waters Primary and Secondary Schools to provide scholarships, wraparound supportive services (psychosocial support, safe shelter, food, and health assistance), and rehabilitative recreational programming, we are working to ensure that girls are robustly supported as they return to boarding school and resume their studies. Education is the most effective evidence-based intervention against child marriage, and the soccer/football program serves as a key incentive for girls to stay in school. Currently, there are 34 girls playing on the team, most of whom are former child brides and female genital mutilation (FGM) survivors. We look forward to seeing what these talented girls do this season!
The football program also feeds into TYTW’s survivor-informed advocacy initiatives. In a testament to the powerful impact of advocacy, TYTW recently celebrated a historic milestone made toward protecting girls from child marriage, FGM (a harmful precursor practice to child marriage), and other forms of violence. Earlier this month, the TYTW team had the honor of witnessing H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta (joined by a number of top Cabinet officials) preside over Samburu County’s highest 40 clan elders in the #KisimaDeclaration to #EndChildMarriage and #EndFGM, among other forms of gender-based violence. TYTW directly called for, and was granted, the inclusion of child marriage in the title and main text of the declaration. The historic declaration also came less than 90 days after the publication of TYTW’s December 2020 New York Times original reporting story,“These Girls Are Being Cut and Married in Droves.” Seventeen-year-old TYTW scholarship awardee Julia, who bravely shared her story for the piece, joined TYTW’s delegation for the event.
We are so proud of the courageous girls who have persevered through adversity and spoken out against the traumas they have endured. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, TYTW has worked in Samburu County since 2015, engaging key decision-makers to better protect girls, while supportinghundreds of child marriage survivors directly with crisis services, innovative champion-building workshops, multiyear scholarships, and ongoing public awareness campaigns that elevate and center survivor voices.
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We thank you for your invaluable contributions and look forward to staying in touch about the continuous impact of your generosity on the incredible girls TYTW serves.
Stephanie and the TYTW Team
Image (top): Team members lace up their cleats in preparation for practice. Photo by Elizabeth G. Pratt.
Image (bottom): Clan elders in Samburu County pledge to end child marriage and FGM in the historic Kisima Declaration, March 5, 2021. Photo by Sonyanga Olengais.