Human Rights for the Pastoralist Girl Child

by Expanding Opportunities
Aug 29, 2013

Kipsing Academy

Kipsing Girls win competitions in Isiolo
Kipsing Girls win competitions in Isiolo

Kipsing is a small rural village 78 km from Isiolo, Kenya.  Many years ago the Catholic Church established a mission in this pastoralist community and built a school.  Now, many years later, the school has been turned over to the government and the Catholic Church continues to manage the dormitories.

The Headteacher of Kipsing Academy is extremely active in the community. He works hard to ensure education for the girl child.  Girls will run away from home to the school. He works with families to help them understand the importance of education for the girl child and the laws of Kenya which forbid FGM and Early Forced Marriage.  The biggest barrier to his work is locating assistance to keep the girls in the dormitory while they attend school and during holidays when insistent fathers will marry off the girls.  The Catholic Church subsidizes the dormitory but requests a family contribution.

Thanks to your assistance, Expanding Opportunities is assisting four girls to receive an education at Kipsing Academy. There are many more on the waiting list.



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Organization Information

Expanding Opportunities

Location: Brooks, ME - USA
Project Leader:
Beverly Stone
Brooks, Maine United States