Your contribution will support two vital projects focused on children and teens
Alternative Rites of Passage in Magadi, Kenya
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM, also known as Female Genital Cutting) is still practiced among some communities in Kenya, including the Maasai.
FGM/C is a longstanding cultural tradition that involves cutting away parts of a girl's genitals. In Maasai communities, FGM/C is practiced as a rite of passage to womanhood.
FGM/C is done without anaesthetic and can cause infection, reproductive problems, and even death
Teenage girls who go through FGM/C are considered ready for marriage, and often must drop out of school to become a wife
Amref Health Africa is working with Maasai communities to eliminate FGM/C through its Alternative Rites of Passage project
Alternative Rites of Passage provides health & reproductive education to girls, educates village elders about the dangers of FGM/C, and even re-trains circumcisors to become Traditional Birth Attendants so they do not loose their livelihoods
Dagoretti Child Development Program in Nairobi, Kenya
Severe poverty has forced an estimated 250,000 to 300,000 children to live or work on the streets in Nairobi and other major cities in Kenya
These children live, work and sleep in unhealthy urban environments and are at risk of abuse
Through the Dagoretti Child Development Program, Amref Health Africa works with children, teens and their families to provide health care and skills training (like sewing and cooking), and help kids return to school.
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