Pastoralist Child Foundation's annual holiday camps (April, August, December) will educate and empower 180 girls ages 11-15 with vital information needed to resist FGM and forced early marriages, and to adopt safe and peaceful Alternative Rites of Passage to womanhood. The curriculum also includes the importance of knowing about the female sexual reproductive system, HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, rape, resisting gender-based violence, as well as the importance of getting a formal education.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is gender-based violence defined by the World Health Organization as all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. In Samburu, FGM is a centuries-old rite of passage to adulthood and forced early marriage, resulting in many young girls not having the right or ability to continue their formal education. Educated girls = Literacy = Empowerment = Equality. Girl's education improves communities.
Samburu girls ages 11-15 will share their knowledge with self-confidence and begin dialogues with their parents, siblings, guardians, elders, and males to enlighten them about the harmful effects of dangerous practices. Girls will understand the importance of a formal education in order to help their communities as nurses, doctors, teachers, social workers and other professions. Education empowers girls with a voice to stand up for their right to live safe, happy, healthy and productive lives.
The empowerment of 180 girls to resist FGM and forced marriages and to adopt Alternative Rites of Passage (ARP) to womanhood, resulting in the decline of harmful, sometimes deadly practices. Girls will take leadership roles by sharing what they learn with their communities and report incidents of FGM to the authorities. Girls will resist the painful, violent, non-medical, unlawful and out-dated practice of FGM, adopt ARPs and preserve the positive aspects of the beautiful Samburu culture.