Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation in west Kenya

by Last Mile4D
Play Video
Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation in west Kenya
Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation in west Kenya
Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation in west Kenya
Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation in west Kenya
Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation in west Kenya
Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation in west Kenya
Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation in west Kenya
Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation in west Kenya
Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation in west Kenya
Sep 27, 2022

Three-pronged approach to end FGM

Community meeting
Community meeting

Thanks to your support that helped us enroll more girls in our anti-FGM efforts in Migori, Kenya (the site of our initial project), we have also expanded our programs to West Pokot, another FGM practicing region of Kenya. In the two communities we have enrolled 1750 girls total since May of 2022. Through that process we learned that eight of the enrollees had already undergone FGM. While this saddened us, we nonetheless encouraged them to participate and they have become potent and active voices against FGM.

But our success has mostly come because our three-pronged approach continues to be efficacious against the pernicious practice of FGM. The formula of giving girls a voice, engaging community leaders, parents, and other stakeholders, and lastly working directly with the authorities and law enforcement, continues being an effective trifecta in breaking apart the cultural, social, and economic systems that perpetuate FGM. Operationally, since May we have held 13 community meetings and engaged close to 1,600 stakeholders. In the community meetings our teams talk about the harm that FGM imposes on the girls, the negative effects on their marriage life, their economic prospects, and the health of future generations. As a result, more than 1/3 of the families that have been in our meetings have signed public declarations that they will not cut their daughters. Men and even a few elders, have begun speaking out against the practice of FGM. And local authorities have joined us to speak about the illegality of FGM at our community meetings.

Despite a difficult funding environment and resistance from certain tribes in Kenya, our community workers on the frontlines continue to inspire us to remain steadfast. They encourage us to help them stay vigilant and continue our fund raising as we head into the cutting season from the end of November until the first week of January. As we head into this dangerous and high-risk period, we are now preparing for a safehouse and shelter for those girls that runaway to escape being mutilated.

One very positive development is that we are now working with the United Nations Joint Program in their effort to eradicate FGM. While this exciting relationship bodes well for the long-term, we need your financial support now more than ever to continue our efforts in the short and medium term.

Please help us to keep the girls safe! Your generosity will help us keep the girls safe and in school. It is your contribution that has made Last Mile4D’s work possible. We appreciate your support up until now. We ask you to continue your support for our intervention efforts on behalf of the girls, so they can reach their dreams of a better and healthier life. Some of you have opted to be recurring donors, which brings us matching dollars from GlobalGiving. A million thanks from me, our team, and of course the girls, for supporting us.

Please follow us on Instagram and Twitter @LastMile_4D. Also, visit our website at www.lastmile4d.org to learn about our work and make contribution to us, directly during the year.

Men speaking out
Men speaking out
Large Community Meeting
Large Community Meeting
FO Presenting
FO Presenting

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Comments:

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Last Mile4D

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @mmharrison2014
Project Leader:
mahnaz harrison
Washington, DC United States
$19,781 raised of $25,000 goal
 
196 donations
$5,219 to go
Donate Now
M-PESA

Pay Bill: 891300
Account: GG42699

lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Last Mile4D has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.