Graduation photo of Mekuno Project Co-Founder Margo Day and girls in West Pokot

Hope-Filled Futures

Hope-Filled Futures

Our holistic approach means that girls, their families, and their communities have tangible hope in their lives as a result of these interventions. In the areas where we work, girls have the power to decide their own futures, and have access to opportunities they never would have thought possible before. We measure this tangible hope through the lens of our four pillars, evaluating successes in child protection and voice, quality education, community transformation, and economic empowerment.

Take a look at the data from our implementing partners from 2021 alone: 
School girls in uniform smile at the camera with their arms crossed. Courtesy of Mekuno Project Partners World Vision
Mekuno Project data points for our quality education pillar. Text reads: the number of secondary schools built in project areas rose to 29, 368 girls were provided with school fees, 142 girls were trained in skills and entrepreneurship
A community leader leads a procession during an alternative rite of passage, from Mekuno Project partner World Vision
Mekuno Project data on our child protection and voice pillar. Text reads: 308 children went through alternative rites of passage, 22 faith leaders were trained as anti-fgm/child marriage champions
Mekuno Project impact data on our community transformation pillar. Text reads: 34 people trained in citizen voice and action to raise awareness of their rights. 5,340 people were trained in the Empowered Worldview model.
A community elder in traditional dress smiles at the camera
A young girl, full of hope, smiles to herself.
A savings4transformation group meets to mete out funds.
Mekuno Project impact data for our fourth pillar, economic empowerment. Text reads: 2.8 million kenyan shillings are circulating in 44 savings4transformation groups, 525 people were trained in alternative livelihoods, 42 circumcisers put down their knives and adopted alternative livelihoods, 100 girls participated in HerLab
So far, HerLab and the Kenya Big Dream Project have been working in West Pokot and Baringo counties, and are in the process of expanding into Samburu, Narok, and Migori. The three ethnic groups in this area—the Pokot, Samburu, and Maasai—have some of the highest rates of FGM in Kenya.

In the first area of West Pokot where our implementing partners have been working for over a decade, rates of FGM and child marriage have fallen from 95% to less than 10%—we hope to build upon that success by scaling these projects to eliminate these harmful practices throughout Kenya.
Map of Kenya with counties Mekuno Project works in (West Pokot, Baringo, Samburu, Migori, and Narok) highlighted

Kenya

PHASE 1
West Pokot
Baringo

Batei

Chepareria

Seker

Sook

Endo

Kasei

Masol

Tirioko

Silale

PHASE 2
Samburu

Waso

Wamba West

Korr/Nguruit

Wamba East

Wamba North

Timaru West

Bukira East

PHASE 3
Narok
Migori

Maji Moto

Loita

Kasaian

Oolung'a

Mogondo

Goejeharaka/Getamwega

Timaru East

Bukira Central/Ikerege

Phase 1 is underway. Phase 2 began in Oct 2021. Phase 3 pends financial support.

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Community leaders in Samburu, Kenya making an announcement to commit to end FGM and child marriage courtesy of Mekuno Project partner WorldVision.

Elders make historic declaration to end FGM and child marriage in Kenya

The declaration made by the Samburu elders was presided over by the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta in March 2021.