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.
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