Protecting Umoja: A Village of Women

by MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.


The inspirational women of Umoja have asked MADRE to build a small fence around their village to stop hyenas and other wild animals from preying on their children and livestock.
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The Umoja village was founded by Indigenous Samburu women who were rejected by their communities after being raped. MADRE supporters have given generously to education initiatives and purchased goats, chickens, and other livestock for income-generating purposes. Now, these animals and the lives of the women and children are threatened by nocturnal predators.


MADRE will construct a five-foot-tall fence made of thatching, stone, and chain link surrounding the village.

Long-Term Impact

By serving its purpose in keeping out predators, the fence will: 1) Decrease incidences of injury and death to village children; and 2) Bolster the village’s economic livelihood.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Kenya Overview
MADRE’s Sister Organization in Kenya
Indigenous Women: Fighting for Rights, Creating
The Umoja Village as featured in O Magazine

Organization Information

MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Irene Lew
Development Assistant
New York, NY United States

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