Some of the girls supported by British based Kenyan charity Friends of Kipkelion used yesterday’s Day of the Girl to hold their own protest against Female Genital Mutilation.
The charity Tweeted that “Protecting girls from FGM also protects them from early marriage and helps them stay in school.”
Friends of Kipkelion is a UK registered charity was founded in 2010 and supports water, sanitation and healthcare projects in Kipkelion, a rural area of Kenya.
Kipkelion is a rural area in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province, about 160 miles north-west of Nairobi. It is only a few miles south of the Equator, but the hilly terrain and high altitude result in a cool, wet climate. There are around 230,000 inhabitants living in an area of about 400 square miles, – mostly in small farms and villages, growing maize and other crops for subsistence. At least half of the population is under 18 years old and many children, especially girls, miss out on secondary school, with FGM is still practised in parts of the area.
The work of the charity is supported by the Department for International Development funded UKaid and The funding network.
To find out more about The Friends of Kipkelion and to support their work in Kenya, please visit their website.