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