Last Mile4D was established in 2014 and focuses on projects for women's and girls' rights-to-health, safety and freedom from gender-based violence. This project will eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) in Western Kenya by providing ongoing educational workshops for 1,000 girls, parents and community elders on the harmful effect of FGM. Trained community workers will use VPack to register girls ages of 9-15 in schools and will provide them with real time intervention to safety and shelter.
According to World Health Organization, FGM is a global problem, spreading with migration, and affecting 3 million girls a year - one every 10 seconds - and is the leading cause of school dropout for girls. It is a harmful practice causing medical complications, such as infection and maternal deaths and it is a blatant violation of the girls' rights to health and safety. In 2016 UNICEF reported FGM is ongoing with significant scale and the need to intensify efforts to eliminate this practice.
LM4D uses real-time data analytics from the VPack to allow interventions based on conditions on the ground. VPack is an integrated technology that combines innovative teaching methodologies and online access to information and programming to help eradicate FGM. This project, in collaboration with ChildsLife Kenya, and GOCESO Women Network uses VPack to create awareness conduct training and reach out to at-risk girls and rescue them. VPack's on time analytics can help eradicate FGM everywhere.
The lives of 1,000 girls, their families and community - in other words thousands of people - will be drastically altered, all from the knowledge gained about the negative effects of FGM and its health, psychological and socio-economic effects on girls. The project will empower everyone to resist societal pressure to conduct FGM. The 1,000 girls will stay in school, have control over their bodies and will reach for higher educational goals with economic opportunities to pull them out of poverty.