Project #9169

Protecting Girls from Genital Mutilation in Kenya

by Tareto Maa Organization
Tareto Maa Girls proud with sunglases
Tareto Maa Girls proud with sunglases
In August we had some visitors and some events at Tareto Maa and this was a cause to celebrate. Firstly, Gladys and Markus our directors came to the centre with some visitors. Lawrence and Astrid from BNI Germany and along with Caroline ( from America) came to make a film about Tareto Maa. This is a very exciting development and the film will be ready to be shown by Christmas.

We also had a party to celebrate the girls' school successes and a farewell party for those transferring to high school and those who had completed college. The party was colourful and very successful, and we were entertained by the girls and the community at large with photos and videos taken by our guests. It was a great day for everybody and the girls and staff really appreciated the party that was prepared by our visitors.There were also presents for the girls that were brought with them. We wish to thank them very much for all these things.

On the same day, we had a fundraising event to help start raising funds for the building of a new girl's dormitory which is full to capacity. 
The school opened for the start of the new term on the 29th August and the teachers and pupils were very excited and full of joy in receiving presents from our visitors; of books, crayons, balls and other playing equipment. Our guests had to leave the next day (30h August) and this caused mixed emotions. The children were so happy with the occasion,the gifts that had been bought,of their school opening again but sad to see the visitors, who had been made most welcome, return to their homes.

There is one challenge which is affecting the school and that is access to clean water because of a drought which has lasted two months. This has had a terrible effect on the vegetables grown, including maize and beans which are available some miles away but there the prices are higher. Finally, we thanked God for some rain which helped to minimize the dust. We need your support to help keep feeding our girls within this present time, as the climate poses continued challenges with growing crops and access to fresh vegetables and food.

We thank all our supporters in advance for  your continued help and donations for everyone both girls and care staff at Tareto Maa.

Tareto Maa Girls finished High School
Tareto Maa Girls finished High School
Play time at Tareto Maa
Play time at Tareto Maa
Group photo with the visitors
Group photo with the visitors
Tareto Maa Girls racing
Tareto Maa Girls racing

The girls of Tareto Maa have had both sporting and educational achievements over the last three months and we wish to share their successes here to show what your support means, not just in combating FGM/ early enforced marriage, but in helping these girls achieve beyond what they thought possible.

The girls enjoy football and have their own team. In April, they represented the Pirrar Division at sub-county level. They were very proud and happy to represent their county. As well as being fun, they really enjoying taking part. This activity also helps them to become fitter, stronger and healthier, as well as working as part of a team.

Also very recently, two girls, Magdaline and Rael represented, not only their school, (the Naitawang River Side Academy)  but the whole Transmara West Sub County at County level, in the town of Narok. They competed in the 800M race and Shot Put Field event. Everyone, including their teachers, local community and school friends have high hopes that they will go on to compete at a national level. Good luck to all the girls continued success in these sporting events. We are very proud of them.

In education, there has been academic achievements too. Two girls have been training to become teachers. Firstly, Lydia received her credit certificate of primary school teaching at Shanzu Teacher Training College. She was one of the girls sponsored through the Tareto Maa sponsorship Programme. This is a very fine achievement for Lydia and Tareto Maa for making this possible.
Sylvia, another girl from Tareto Maa, like Lydia, has a dream to be a teacher. She  finishes her teacher training in July. Currently, she has been volunteering at the Tareto centre helping other girls with their learning. She is grateful for the financial, social, emotional and moral support she has received from supporters. Sylvia believes that education is the key to unlock your future. She wants to help other girls achieve their potential and has gladly been teaching the girls as a volunteer to help them secure a better future.

Congratulations Lydia and Sylvia. We are so proud and happy of you.

So, this news demonstrates how much can be achieved through the support of individuals, through such platforms as Global Giving. On behalf of the Tareto Maa team and the girls, I would like to thank you very much to all our sponsors and supporters who help our girls, in both these sporting and educational achievements.

Gladys Kiranto.

Tareto Maa Girl
Tareto Maa Girl
Tareto Maa Girls with Gladys, the project founder
Tareto Maa Girls with Gladys, the project founder

Tareto Maa

It all started way back in 1991, when I underwent the traditional way of Maasai life from childhood to adulthood, hence circumcision which is now referred to as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It was the pride of parent to see that his or her child goes through it. However I went through against my wish since it was done by force. Up to date it really has affected my life, the whole family was not happy by my refusal.

After circumcision, I left home disillusioned following an engagement to a man who was five times older than me, leading to my rejection by my family. I took refuge in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve at the age of 12 years, where I got employed.

I developed an interest in how to safe the Maasai girl from going through the heinous act, which left me with pain, shame, trauma and rejection.

My working in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve did not satisfy my needs hence migration to Mombasa where I started a small business selling Maasai Ornaments. Trough it I made some savings which enabled me to progress until  I could buy a taxi. I did the taxi business in Mombasa to the point where I had four taxis. I was able to maintain my self, my son and the family at large. As a result of my success I won back my parents and siblings.

After that I came back home I decided to buy my own piece of land. As inheritance is exclusively passed on from father to son a Maasai woman usually does not own anything.

The land bought is where I still live today an that's where I actualized, with the little savings I had, my dream of setting up a rescue center hence the birth of Tareto Maa.


Naitawang Riverside Academy

Another thing I realized was that poor education Maasai is one of the causes for early marriages. In my case I dropped out of school with 12 years, not able to read and write fluently.

Naitawang was born out of Tareto Maa to give the rescued girls education. It would be meaningless to save the girls from FGM just to land them on early marriage.

As a result of all the above, the quality of education given here has impressed the community to the extend that the surrounding families have also enrolled their children at the same school hence an early indicator of the success in the future.

Children are now able to read and write.

We have a good testimony of the fruits of Tareto Maa, right now we have two girls who have gone through the process from the primary school, high school up to the Teachers Training college having completed a P1 course courtesy of Tareto Maa. Others have joined other middle colleges.

As of now, the school has population of 126 girls being sponsored.



We want to thank everyone for making all these achievements possible. Keep donating please, so we can develop and expand this work. Without you we could not achieve this.

Tareto Maa Girls in school
Tareto Maa Girls in school
Tareto Maa Girls in school
Tareto Maa Girls in school
Tareto Maa Children
Tareto Maa Children


A section of Maasai elders from Trans Mara have denounced outdated cultural practices like Moranism and Female Genital Mutilation saying they had impacted negatively on the community.

Speaking during a pre- initiation ceremony for a group of boys held at Osupuko Hills Springs Children home, the elders called on the Maasai community to abandon the outdated cultural practices and embrace modern way of living.

They said though the move may seem to conflict with what most members of their community of their generation believe, it was for the well being of the future generations.

They said that they know that their  people are still rooted in the retrogressive cultural practices, but it is time they  told  them the truth.

The elders from the Ilnyangusi and Seuri age sets that characterise the elderly in the Maasai community said FGM had denied the girl child in the Maasai community education while moranism had denied the boy child right to education.

Mr Olelemwa Seitai said they are now advocating for modern circumcision of boys where boys are taught matters adulthood in a Christian background and civilised manner and finally circumcised by a trained health personnel.

He said Maasai land lacked enough professionals because most of their children had not gone to school and urged the community to   embrace education in a bid to raise an elite community.

Mr Juusi Ole Mantu  said the community should only embrace helpful practices and abandon the harmful old practices. He said old and new practices should be made to align for the well being of the community.

Mr William Ole Karante said education was key to success and urged that the new generation should do away with retrogressive culture.

He condemned circumcision of girls saying uncircumcised women were women enough just like the circumcised ones.

He added that the community must gear up to compete with other communities in the world and the only possible way is by educating their children.

Tareto Maa Girls dancing
Tareto Maa Girls dancing
Maasai Elders meeting
Maasai Elders meeting
Tareto Maa Girls
Tareto Maa Girls
Tareto Maa Organization FGM campaign

Held on 21:08:2015 Friday at Naitawang Academy play ground.

The meeting started at exactly 10:00 am as planned with the word of prayers given by Pastor Ole Tiemasi
thereafter followed by a procession by all the Tareto Maa girls in beautiful Red T-shirts adorned by our girls.
Immediately after the procession, the entertainment followed.
The gathering was thrilled by what the girls presented, a testimony of how God has really blessed Tareto Maa and the community at large.
We had drama, traditional dancers and poetry all bearing the the theme of the day SAY NO TO FGM AND FORCED EARLY MARRIAGES IN MAASAI LAND.

The meeting was fully attended with all the parents and guardians of the girls, an estimated number of 500 people were in attendance with a majority being women accounting to 300, thus justify the good work done by Tareto Maa in the society by changing the old ways of doing things, it was also an indication that the attitude of women towards modern ways has changed hence positive attitude towards education.
The meeting was also attended by the area administrative wing lead by the area chief among many others.
After the entertainment, there were speeches, the founder of Tareto Maa Mrs Gladys Kiranto took the gathering through the mission, vision and objectives of Tareto Maa, that its main objective is to support girls rescued from the retrogressive act of FGM and early marriages by providing them with the following items:
1) Shelter- hence the start of Tareto Maa rescue centre thus the construction of the dormitories which are now over stretch due to high demand hence need for more and beddings are also urgently required - ie blankets, sheets, beds and mattresses
2) Education - the girls are given education since education as put by Nelson Mandela "education is the the only weapon used to change the world" by paying their school fees from nursery class to college
3) clothing of the girls - we buy school uniforms, shoes,
4) Food - the girls are fed by Tareto Maa during the holidays the 128 girls and the rest during school days.
5) We do also provide sanitary towels to our grown up girls through out the year
6) Provision of books and stationary every start of year as the girls progress to the next class.
7) Provision of guiding and counselling services to the girls and their families
8) Provision of career development to our girls so as to make them meaningful members of the community after completing their studies.
9) Provision of role models by the community members from within and without
10) Provision of spiritual nourishment at the early stages of the life by dedicated and committed church leaders and elders
11) Talent harvest from the girls - it is the duty of Tareto Maa to give the rescued girls an opportunity to explore and exploit their talents to the maximum.
The founder also notified the people present of some of the projects undertaken so far by Tareto Maa with the assistance of the sponsors from Austria and America as follows:
1) The construction of the girls dormitory
2) The construction of the dinning hall which not yet furnished with the tables and chairs
The found also highlighted the need for the construction of the bridge connecting the centre and the main road, provision of clean and safe water for the girls at the rescue centre, proper medication for the girls and the security of the girls once admitted at the center.
She also highlighted the issue of fluctuations of prices of the essential commodities thus the need for review of the earlier budget.
The meeting was also notified of the good performance of the girls both academically and the co-curricallah activities, the girls went up to the county level.
Parents and guardians in response praised the the organization for the good work it has done for the short period its in operation, thus pledging to support it spiritually, morally and financially and a show of commitment they each donated a sheep towards Tareto Maa and promised to be doing it annually as a sign of appreciation and supplementing for what the sponsors and well wishers have been doing.
The community members also requested to be part and parcel of the team running the affairs of the organization.
The meeting was also blessed by the attendance of the government officials and the other like minded players in the fight against FGM and early marriages and the assistance of the orphans and the needy children in the society.
We had the founder and Director of Sirua Aulo Academy who is also a pillar in the efforts of making the society a better place to live.
The chief Guest was The director of Ewuaso Ngiro South Development Authority Mr Charles Sunkuli who really inspired all in attendance with his wonderful speech based on the needy to assist the girl education and women empowerment, he pledged to partner with Tareto Maa and the community in ensuring that the objectives have been achieved.
The meeting ended peacefully and as planned.

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Organization Information

Tareto Maa Organization

Location: Kilgoris, Transmara - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Gladys Kiranto
Kilgoris, Transmara Kenya

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