FGM causes death immediately from shock or hemorrhage, others later, from infection, AIDS spread by communal ceremonies, or in childbirth gone awry because of physical damage from genital mutilation. All of these girls lose their chance for health, happiness, and fulfillment of their potential and hopes in life. At present, girls who choose not to be cut have no place in their home communities. If they remain they will eventually be coerced to submit to FGM, followed by an early marriage.
Rescued girls escaping female genital mutilation are given free shelter with free primary and secondary education. After that they may go on to higher education, with a enough financial support, becoming prepared to stand on their own feet, contribute positively to their communities, and free to support themselves and choose a way of life that does not require female genital mutilation. Rescuing these girls truly saves their lives. Our programs are in several African countries.
Financial support can bring a young girl from her village where she is at risk of FGM to board and learn in school where she will be safe from forced FGM and will be exposed to wider opportunities and secure an education. Most girls who escape FGM have no where to go and because of a lack of a support network, end up going back home to be "circumcised". The more we can prevent girls from being mutilated, the more likely we are to bring an end to this practice