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Entito Sidai encourages women around the world to realize their value and reach their potential through education. As a result, many girls have been enrolled in our Empowerment programs in partnership with our Kajiado based schools and Rescue centres that allows them to better feed and care for the young girls.

 Anti-FGM Campaign Female genital mutilation (sometimes called female genital cutting and female genital mutilation/cutting) is defined by the WHO as referring to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM is a form of gender-based violence and has been recognized as a harmful practice and a violation of the human rights of girls and women. Between 100 and 140 million girls and women in the world are estimated to have undergone such procedures, and 3 million girls are estimated to be at risk of undergoing the procedures every year

FGM in Kenya, an estimated 21% of girls and women aged 15-49 years have undergone FGM in the practice can be attributed to multifaceted approaches mounted by the government of Kenya and non-state actors.2 major milestones being the enactment and implementation of Children Act 2001 to end FGM in kenya, as well as the Prohibition of FGM Act 2011.

Despite the steady decline nationally, the prevalence remains high amongst some communities such as the Somali at 94%, Samburu 86%, Kisii 84% and Maasai at 78%.  FGM is always traumatic (UNICEF, 2005). Immediate complications can include severe pain, shock, hemorrhage (bleeding), tetanus or sepsis (bacterial infection), urine retention, open sores in the genital region and injury to nearby genital tissue.

Long-term consequences can include recurrent bladder and urinary tract infections, cysts, infertility, an increased risk of childbirth complications and newborn deaths and the need for later surgeries Get Our ContextFGM in Kenya is often motivated by beliefs about what is considered appropriate sexual behavior, with some communities considering that it ensures and preserves virginity, marital faithfulness and prevents promiscuity/prostitution.

 There is a strong link between FGM and marriageability with FGM often being a prerequisite to marriage. FGM is sometimes a rite of passage into womanhood, and necessary for a girl to go through in order to become a responsible adult member of society. FGM is also considered to make girls ‘clean’ and aesthetically beautiful. Although no religious scripts require the practice, practitioners often believe the practice has religious support. Girls and women will often be under strong social pressure, including pressure from their peers, and risk victimization and stigma if they refuse to be cutThe days and events observed include:

  • International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM - 6th of February;
  • The International Women’s Day - 8th of March;
  • The Day of the African Child - 16th of June;
  • The International Day of the Girl Child -11th of October,
  • Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence - 25th of November to 10th of December

Education equips individuals with knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary for the eradication of FGM. Anti-FGM interventions that target boys and girls, parents, teachers and school boards of management Public education is used to inform communities on the consequences of FGM. The campaign takes place during barazas (community meetings), sports tournaments, music and drama festivals and road shows among others. At these fora, duty bearers, advocates, role models, celebrities and champions sensitize communities on the need to abandon.

FGM Community Dialogues" Community dialogues entail interactive engagement among members of the community. Dialogues are structured to create a conducive environment for free interaction among community elders, men, women, mutilators, boys and girls.

A facilitator who is well versed with the culture of the community guides the dialogue to lead to a resolution to abandon .FGMMentorship programmes aim at inspiring girls to realize their full potential in life.

Mentors are role models who may or may not have undergone FGM that the community identifies with and emulates. They share their experiences and success in life to motivate the girls to set goals and work towards.their attainment. The programme helps to correct the misconception that defying FGM attracts calamities and other negative happenings. Girls who have undergone FGM are encouraged to continue with education and become anti-FGM champions Safe Havens

 The safe havens, also known as rescue centers, are either private or public shelters where Girls who are at risk of FGM seek refuge. Food, clothing and psychosocial support are provided through individuals, corporates and anti-FGM partners. The rescue centers eventually re-integrate the girls into their Families, Different actors are trained on FGM matters.

The training enhances collaboration, networking and partnerships in the campaign against FGM among duty-bearers like the police, administrators, Healthcare workers, the judiciary, political leaders, communities and civil society organizations FGM at a younger age – 46% of young women aged 15 to 19 who have undergone FGM were cut between the ages of 5 to 9, compared to only 16.7% in the age group 45 to 49.

Increased medicalization- In some communities, there has been a trend towards the medicalization of FGM, with the procedure being carried out by medical professionals.

Increased secrecy of FGM in kenya and child marriage- Girls and women undergo FGM privately as opposed to having elaborate communal celebrations they do so to minimize the risk of prosecution by local authorities.

Increases in cross border cutting-FGM practicing communities that live in border counties such as the Maasai,Pokot,Somali and Kuria who seek FGM services in the neighboring countries such as Uganda and Tanzania to evade law enforces

Our Objectives

The organization aims at eradicating Ignorance, Diseases, Poverty and violence to the victims of FGM by:

  1. Setting up Income generating projects to help develop a revolving fund and enable self-reliance attainment among members.
  2. Establishing programs aimed at promoting awareness of the girl child in the society.
  3. Sourcing for affordable medical services to the community at large.
  4. Encouraging the continuous development and free distribution of human knowledge.
  5. Denouncing all forms of violence: physical, economic, psychological, sexual, religious etc.
  6. Promoting positive personal, cultural and social diversity.
  7. Identifying and supporting needy school children to attain formal education and training.
  8. Establishing a sustainable steady network with other stakeholders: The government, organized groups, Institutions and Individuals to help promote the value of human life.

 

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Uji Initiative

Kenya is a middle income country but its prosperity and growth have been uneven. The nation is home to about 45million people, 80% of whom live in rural areas and rely almost entirely on seasonal rainfall to make their living from small scale farming. When rain fails, crop fail and people are left without a source of food or income.

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80% of the land in Kenya is arid and nearly over a third of the population live below the international poverty line.

Access to adequate quantities of nutritious foods remains a challenge to many.

Malnutrition remains unacceptably high with 29% of children in rural areas being affected. Many children in Kenyan schools suffer from hunger.” WHY FEED CHILDREN?” Malnutrition remains unacceptably high with 29% of children in rural areas being affected. Many children in Kenyan schools suffer from hunger.

Some have to walk long distances to and from school and majority come from poverty striken homes. Entito Sidai identified a school in Kumpa, Kajiado County with a high number of children facing hunger; Kumpa Holy Mothers Primary School. On 5th March 2018, the members visited the school, met the school management as well as with the local authorities; chief and the assistant chief. The management acknowledged the initiative from Entito Sidai was a good start stating that hunger is one of the major problems the pupils are facing. Shortly after the feeding program started 

Our Major Focus

The major objective of this program is to encourage the young generation to continue pursuing their education instead of dropping out of school  due to FGM & lack of food.Poverty and illiteracy are some of the factors that led to early marriages.

Through Uji program, children will grow healthy both physically and mentally creating a good environment for studies

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