300 children saved as anti-FGM campaigners graduate in Kisii

About 300 children have been rescued from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Marani Sub-county, Kisii County, thanks to Foulda-Marani Organization that offered training to residents to fight the vice.

The children were saved from the cut after 90 people, half of them men, underwent a two year training to end the practice in the community.

The trainees, who graduated on Friday, were accompanied by their spouses and their rescued children during the event held at Marani Primary School.

Issuing certificates to the candidates, Area Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Julius Too, lauded foulda � Marani programme for great effort to stop FGM, saying it was one of the country’s retrogressive culture that should be done away with.

Foulda is a town in Germany that partners with various institutions to fight FGM through value centred approach.

Too called for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to end the outdated practice in the county.

He appealed to the candidates to use the knowledge they acquired to change their community, adding that education was meant to change the individual learners and the community for the better.

Johnnes maranga from the organization said half of the graduands were men and lauded them for their move to support efforts to end the practice.

Kestine Hesse Saange, from Germany’s Vivid Communication said they were partnering with various organizations and governments to fight FGM through research based gender strategy focusing on promoting gender equity.

Source: Kenya News Agency