Anyone that knows me will know what FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) means to me, and how passionate I am about doing my part to end this harmful cultural tradition.
In October 2016 a few friends and I embarked on the journey of a lifetime, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money for an FGM rescue centre based at the base of the mountain on the other side, in Kenya. I was thrilled to raise an astounding £4500, and this has been used to build an additional dormitory, desperately needed toilets and has assisted in setting up vocational training opportunities for cutters (women who earn their money from conducting female genital mutilation)
I was so captured and in love with the Maasai community and our girls, I just had to return again this year!
This year I would like to provide the girls with a brand new pair of school shoes each… One of the biggest needs children have in rural areas is shoes that protect your feet. Children are seen walking around barefoot or wearing flip flops that don’t really protect their feet from thorns or parasites such as jiggers (google it!)
A good quality pair of school shoes costs about £20, and there are 30 girls in the rescue centre, which equates to £600 being my target this year. Every donation matters, no matter how big or small, and is welcomed with love and thanks.
Thank you for helping me change the lives of these girls for the better. Please feel free to share this link, and follow me on twitter - I'm @gillypom for updates over the visit.
Much love to you all,
The Divinity Foundation is a private Humanitarian foundation aimed at protecting the rights of and providing support to children who are; abandoned, orphaned or victims of civil war or poverty, through its “Angels” programmes. Our goal is to empower children to be future Ambassadors of Global Peace. We currently work with impoverished mothers and children in providing access to medical care and education. One of our primary areas of focus has been on Awareness and Education regarding Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Why it's done, Its adverse effects on health and why we must STOP FGM. We run an FGM rescue and protection centre in Kenya providing care, counselling, education and refuge to young girls and plan to develop a women's clinic to support FGM victims with fistula repairs, trauma counselling and maternity care. In the UK our plans are now to run education seminars for healthcare practitioners and information for the public at large; as well as an FGM support and drop-in centre.
For further information visit the twitter feed.