Provide a route to safety and opportunity for vulnerable girls
In Kenya’s North Rift region, harmful cultural practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage, poor school facilities, a weak child protection system, and a nomadic lifestyle undermine the well-being of children and keep them from fulfilling their potential in life.
World Vision is working to increase children’s access to education and thereby open door of opportunity for them. In addition, they are partnering with communities to raise awareness of children’s rights, create environments that protect children, and strengthen the capacity of local organizations that respond to abuse so that children suffering harm are supported in their recovery.
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The Kenya Child Protection and Education Project provides girls safety and opportunity
One of the most effective ways to combat FGM and early marriages is education. World Vision’s Kenya Child Protection and Education project will benefit approximately 17,000 children in Kenya’s North Rift Provence.
Early marriage, FGM, and a low retention and completion rate for secondary schools go hand-in-hand for girls in this region of Kenya. Many girls have an interest in attending school and may even enroll, but they may be seen as more valuable by their fathers as a source of cattle, received as a dowry for marrying them off to much older men. Poor economic conditions and a recent drought have resulted in even further challenges for families in the area, making it even less likely that families would be willing or able to send their children to school—especially girls.