- Educating women, girls and their communities about the severe health risks of FGM
- Educating practitioners who have stopped the practice on alternate sources of income
- Empowering women to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families
- Sponsoring girls at primary and secondary school and the Ilmarba Rescue Center
Monthly Spotlight: 10% of this month's profits will go to The Guardian Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya
August & September:
"The Guardian Foundation helps to find appropriate schools for children to gain their education and ensure all school-related expenses are paid for, including uniforms, supplies, and tuition."
"Additionally, we attend parent-teacher meetings for orphaned children. The Guardian Foundation visits and works closely with local orphanages, rescue centers, and schools, and monitors the progress and needs of the children."
"Ilmarba Rescue Center is dedicated to eradicating female genital mutiliation, FGM, and early marriages, as well as raising global awareness about gender-based violence. It is contributing to the global campaign to stop female genital mutiliation (FGM) by working directly with practitioners of FGM and members of the communities, as well as by providing educational sponsorships for young girls. Ilmarba Rescue Center’s holistic approach is successfully eliminating the practice of FGM in villages of Southern Kenya. Ilmarba Rescue Center believes that every woman has the right to life without violence and that FGM is a violation of human rights."
Some fast facts:
- Population of Kenya is over 50 million, 51% of which are children ages 0-18
- 10 million children are severely deprived
- Less than 50 percent of primary school students continue on to secondary school
- 46 percent of the Kenyan population lives in poverty
- Families in the slums live on less than $2 a day
- Approximately 135 million women and girls have been circumcised. The practice can lead to chronic urinary infections, infertility, childbirth complications, maternal mortality, the transmission of HIV/AIDS, decrease in sexual pleasure, and death.
- The Lancet [WHO FGM study, 2006] estimates that one to two deaths per 100 births are the result of FGM.
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