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.
Support the Kenya Child Protection and Education Project
The Kenya Education Project for Vulnerable Girls targets girls who are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Early Marriage (EM), which typically take place between the ages of 10 and 13 in certain Kenyan sub-cultures.
The project will be implemented in five World Vision Area Development Programs (ADPs) in the North Rift Valley region of Kenya. Each ADP is a collection of communities and villages, and will range in population from 40,000 – 80,000 people over a wide geographical area.
Education is the best hope children have to break free of poverty’s grip. Being in school also reduces children’s vulnerability to abuse. Each and every donation is important to this project, and will help fund things like classroom school supplies ($60), library bookshelves ($250), desks and benches for a classroom ($720), or Chemistry and Biology lab supplies ($975).
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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.