Since 2017, when Rhobi founded the organisation “Hope for Girls and Women” to shelter and support people escaping of gender based violence like FGM 3972 girls have been rescued and now have new opportunities to build a better life.
Thanks to generous donors like you, Hope runs:
- Two safe houses, providing basic needs such as food, clothes, sandals, bed sheets, mattresses, and also health checks, medications, counseling sessions and other activities like yoga, music, dance and social events
- Access to formal education, uniforms and education materials
- Community forums to build awareness about women’s rights
- Partnerships and Collaborations to ensure girls in danger can be found quickly - We use OpenStreetMap to map Mara region and empower Tanzanian women - named as “Digital Champions” - to monitor their villages and report cases of violence using smartphones.
- Reconciliations works encouraging and counseling parents to receive back their girls after fleeing from FGM. This process involves police gender desk officials and social services. Families are required to complete legal documentation confirming their daughters will be treated well and allowed to continue their education..
- Classes and sessions of vocational training to support women’s entrepreneurship and learn skills such as tailoring.
- Organising talks to persuade cutters to stop FGM - We work with ex cutters such as Mama Mohabe, who decided to drop her tools and now helps to create awareness to the community on the effects of FGM. She was considered a traitor for a while but after reporting this to the police she is now at peace and happy with her new life.
- Outreach work to share stories and informations about FGM subject and other types of gender based violence locally and globally - We recently showed to community boys the award winning film “In The Name of Your Daughter”. It explores the impact of FGM in Northern Tanzania and the work that we do to prevent it.
Since our last report we have:
-219 girls and women supported at the safe houses;
-139 families trained to commit to not cutting their girls;
-146 remote villages monitored in Mara region of Tanzania using the app OpenStreetMap, helping a lot to report girls and women at risk to the relevant authorities
-More than 21 awareness events engaging the community about women’s rights
-More than 100 girls managed to have Formal Education and Vocational Trainings
Top priorities of the next period
-Girls rescue camp to protect who are flee from FGM
-Enhance supporting education
-Enhance the reconciliation process between girls in the safe houses and their parents
-Fit families training to support stay with girls and children with light cases to their homes and promote continuous parental care.
Thank you for your help and generosity!