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Despite the outlawing of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kenya in 2011, the practice is still prevalent, especially in more rural areas. Lack of access to education and health information as well as the influence of traditional beliefs often results in the continuation of FGM, as well as forced marriage.
According to the charity Girls Not Brides, an estimated 26% of girls are married before their 18th birthday in Kenya and girls living in rural areas are twice as likely to be married under 18, a statistic that is rising. Education and poverty are key drivers and according to Education for All, almost 40% of girls from a poor and rural background receive fewer than four years of schooling.
Join us in 2020 as we support our Kenyan partners to rescue girls escaping these practices as well as facilitate education to help bring about change.
Mission with a Vision girls’ refuge
Patrick & Josephine Ngigi run this home for about 70 girls all of whom have been rescued from female genital mutilation (FGM) and/or forced early marriage. This year we are starting a three-year build to help provide more accommodation for the girls, which will also free up some of the space currently being used to house girls for a revenue-creating sewing project. The aim of this project is not only to provide an income, but also to teach skills to some of the local people (there is a correlation between poverty and the prevalence of FGM). More space will also allow the project to undertake advocacy work – something that some of the older girls who have since moved on are very interested in doing. Mission Direct are in the final year of a 3-year build program.
Sister Clemencia is a Franciscan nun who has dedicated her life to helping disabled children who are often marginalised by society. She has been given some land and has started a small mainstream school with a special needs unit attached. The disabled children board at the school and the dorms have been changed by Mission Direct from very basic (metal sheets and mud floors) to stone built accommodation. Her vision is to run a school which will meet the needs of the disabled children offering them warmth and security and a place where they can learn. We will visit the school during your trip.
At the end of the trip we have an overnight trip to the Maasai Mara game reserve where we stay in raised safari tents with comfortable twin beds and thick blankets! The tents have en-suite facilities. There will be time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
There is also an afternoon/evening trip to Maji Moto to enjoy the Loita Plains and experience some Maasai culture.
The teams in Kenya’s Girls have been doing an incredible job. Here are a few of the most recent stories and stats from the projects...
Dormitories for disabled children built
mattresses delivered to girl's refuge
Orientation days and reunion days are included to help you get the most from your trip.