WE CAN ALL CHANGE THE WORLD
we are addressing harmful cultural practices among the samburu that are affecting the girl child to include Female Genital Mutilation which is usually done before mariage,early forced marriageto young
About Your Organization
Samburu Girls Foundation
Country where this project is creating social impact
Is your organization a
Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization
How long has your organization been operating?
Has the organization received awards or honors? Please tell us about them
Unsung Hero Award on international womens day 2011 by the former USA ambassador to Kenya.
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Name Your Entry
WE CAN ALL CHANGE THE WORLD
Select the stage that best applies to your solution
Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)
How long have you been in operation?
Operating for less than a year
Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two
Transparency, Quality, Equity.
The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?
we are addressing harmful cultural practices among the samburu that are affecting the girl child to include Female Genital Mutilation which is usually done before mariage,early forced marriageto young girls as early as 9 years and Beading where girls are engaged to relatives for sexual relations and are not supposed to get pregnant and when they do the children are killed.
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
To empower the girls/women in the community through creating awareness on their rights and encourage the community to take girls to school and ensure the girls remain in the schools to reduce drop outs, also general civic education of the community as a whole on the child rights.
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities
rescuing girls undergoing or in threat of the harmful cultural practices and putting them in safe custody where they can access schools then educating their families on the importance of treating children equally especially interms of education.rescuing the babies from the beaded girls and putting them in baby care centres where they can be adopted.Link affected girls to health care especially those that suffer fistula during early delivery.collaboration with different government departments to enforce the law.
The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?
there are no community based organizations that are aiming to address the same issues in samburu and this has posed a big challenge to partnerships and collaborations that usually makes the work easy when there are others addressing the same issues.Hence the demand for the above interventions is high.
This Entry is about (Issues)
What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)
Access to education/training, Access to health care, Access to economic opportunity, Policy change/advocacy.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
we have been able to rescue 56 girls from the harmful cultural practices and put them in safe custodies where they can access schools both primary school and high schoo, also 13 babies rescued from being killed and put in baby care and probably be adopted.10 teenage mothers have benefited from free fistula repair.we have acquired free land from the local government in samburu to put up ideal rescue centres for the rescued girls and babies.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
To achieve an informed community which understands children rights and hence more girls attend schools, also to have a rescue centre which caters for the need of the rescued girls and babies, giving them a safe custody and gives them a chance to go to school, an empowered girl child in school where the girls in school can work hard for a better future instead of thinking of the early forced marriages.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
financial aid availability will be limited over time hence involvement in income generating activities will be key to sustain the project. Community resistance to change is also a challenge that will be addressed by use of the local community leaders e.g the chiefs, to be role models and agents of change.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
use of community leaders to inform the community and to report cases of lawlessness and refer the girls to us.
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
forming girls empowerment clubs in schools to encourage girls to complete school and aim high.
Train the local community leaders from all corners of samburu on child rights and their role as the area leaders.
task the trained area leaders to monitor girls recruitment in schools near them and report cases of FGM and early marriages
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
build a rescue centre to place the girls while they access school and also have a baby wing for the rescued babies
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
fundraise both localy and internationally with community involvement.
create awareness of the project to the community as a whole to solicit support.
create linkages and collaborations with other partners to include government departments that deal with children issues.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world.
I was born and bred in the samburu community where girl child has no chance to access education and all my classmates succumbed to early forced marriages and FGM, after my high school, I was forced to early marriage which I refused, I was determined to achieve my dream and I went to college and then later became a community health nurse in my community and that's how I came across girls as young as 9 years getting married and I decided that its time my community knew its wrong and its against the law.
Tell us about your partnerships
most rescued girls are supported by other partners that provide sponsorship. Other partners will provide information like the children office will be useful in training the local leaders on child rights.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list