New pics

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Sadly due to technical hitches galore and incompetence of yours truly latest photos direct from Pokot have not yet been uploaded onto website………. BUT……….all is not lost………. Please please pretty please visit our Facebook page where you can see said photos of foundations being dug and bricks being made for our much needed Rescue Centre/Safe… Read more »

Buy a brick!

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Plans are underway to begin building a rescue centre or safe house for all those Pokot girls who are running away from FGM and forced marriage.We have the latest pics from Ortum, West Pokot which show the foundations being being dug and a few bricks already made. This Thursday evening we are hosting an event… Read more »

Developments and plans

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Fantastic news! Domtila who is now Project Manager, (Kenya),  completed the Guardian sponsored poster campaign just before Xmas  which she also filmed. The poster campaign involved an art competition with local school girls who were asked to design a poster depicting their thoughts on FGM . This was part of the Guardian media campaign to… Read more »

Meeting Ban Ki Moon!

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Privileged to meet Ban Ki Moon yesterday at UNHQ at launch of Guardian and UNFPA global media campaign to end FGM within a generation. The UN Secretary General is passionate and committed to ending this torture. The conference was unanimous in declaring FGM a gross violation of the human rights of the girl child. Grateful… Read more »

Fourth Alternative Rite of Passage Ceremony 2013

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Greetings all and huge apologies for lateness of update, multifarious excuses! We are trying to build a new website which seems to keep crashing hence back to the old site for now to let everyone know our progress to date and future plans. I will post pictures on Face book page whilst awaiting access to… Read more »

Third Alternative Rite of Passage ceremony 2012

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I returned from Pokot just before last Xmas following our 3rd.hugely successful “Alternative Rite of Passage” (ARP) ceremony. Over 200 girls participated in a week long camp of seminars, workshops and education on the ill effects of female genital mutilation (FGM) and the importance of remaining at school. This brings the total no. of girls… Read more »

410 girls saved from FGM!

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My most recent visit to Pokot, Kenya was in June earlier this year. I and midwifery student Ruth (university of Cumbria) spent a day with members of “Kepsteno Rotwo” (abandon the knife in Pokot language), the self help group who are mobilising their community to abandon this awful practice. Group members comprise largely Traditional Birth… Read more »

Second Alternative Rite of Passage Ceremony 2011

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Report of our 2nd. ARP, held in December 2011 in Ortum, Central Pokot. I am happy to report another hugely successful week of seminars and a brilliant ceremony on December 10th. I have posted a couple of video clips and will shortly post photos. !82 girls participated with around 60 of 2010’s girls joining towards… Read more »

Latest visit to Ortum, Pokot

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I travel to Kenya on Nov.24th with one of my UK midwifery colleagues, Sue Knowles. We are planning a second “Alternative Rite of Passage” ceremony in early December following last year’s success. Follow-up by “Kepsteno Rotwo” (abandon the knife) group members, found that of 175 girls who attended last year’s ceremony, only 3 girls subsequently… Read more »