Children
 Kenya
Project #9169

Protecting Girls from Genital Mutilation in Kenya

by Tareto Maa Organization
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Summary

Tareto Maa is a community based organization that aims to overcome the cruel traditions of female circumcision and child marriage within the Maasai community. We built a rescue center which currently shelters 122 girls who refused to be circumcised and to be married by force and who were cast out by their families. We take care of the costs for food, clothes, and education for these children. In addition, we run information campaigns on child rights and child health in the local community.
$38,000
total goal
$5,144
remaining
422
donors
5
monthly donors
4
years active

Challenge

Circumcision and forced marriage of girls are outlawed worldwide. Nevertheless they are still being practiced in East Africa, e.g. in the tribe of the Maasai. It is a tradition there to take girls from school when they are between 11 and 13 years old, and to mutilate them without any anesthetic or medical supervision. Many of the girls bleed to death or die due to infections. For those who survive, school attendance ends and they are wedded.

Solution

If a girl refuses circumcision and her family does not accept this refusal, members of Tareto Maa together with the local pastor talk to the parents and try to convince them not to have the girl mutilated. But if no solution within the family can be found and the family casts out their daughter, we offer shelter to the child. Moreover, we educate the public about the physical and psychological injuries resulting from female mutilation, and the importance of school education for girls.

Long-Term Impact

At present we shelter 122 girls and offer them a school education. But our work also has an impact on the girls outside the rescue center and on the parents' attitudes. We can already observe that many local people are willing to rethink their opinions. So it is a realistic possibility to overcome the traditions of female circumcision and child marriage in our area within a few years. It is very important, therefore, to continue our relief work.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.tareto-maa.org
Tareto Maa Homepage
Tareto Maa Facebook Page

Organization Information

Tareto Maa Organization

Location: Kilgoris, Transmara - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.tareto-maa.org
Project Leader:
Gladys Kiranto
Kilgoris, Transmara Kenya

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