Girls rescued from FGM receive education scholarship

At least 56 girls, rescued from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Mt. Elgon, have received full sponsorship for their secondary education after sitting last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E).

Mentoring Discipleship and Family (MEDIFA) organization encouraged them to continue with their studies.

Speaking after awarding them cheques at Kopsiro in Mt. Elgon Sub County of Bungoma County on Saturday, MEDIFA director Roselyne Mairuri said the organization through a project dubbed ‘Tembea Nami’ is seeking to ensure that the girl child in the area gets education.

She said ‘Tembea Nami’ project was formed last year with an aim of transforming the lives of girls in Kopsiro area of Mt. Elgon who were languishing in abject poverty.

These girls are vulnerable so we needed to empower them through education, she said.

MEDIFA is an organization formed under the International Christian Ministries (ICM) with the focus of mentoring the girl child.

The director said the 56 are among 100 girls who were rescued by the organization from the outlawed FGM were taken through an alternative rite of passage.

The girls underwent an alternative rite of passage in the month of December 2017 which involved training, teaching them life skills the importance of education and teachings about adulthood, she said.

She said most of the girls come from humble backgrounds and some are orphans noting that the sponsorship program will help them fulfill their dreams through education.

Director of ICM Dr. Stephen Mairuri said they will work with parents so that the children get a conducive environment that will enable them succeed in their education.

As MEDIFA we are concerned with family and we shall ensure that we teach the parents to understand the importance of education to their children and the need to shun retrogressive practices since they are not beneficial but risk a person’s life, he noted.

Dr, Mairuri said through the program the society will be enlightened on the alternative rite of passage other than the FGM.

He urged the beneficiaries of the program to work hard and succeed so that they may transform the society they live in.

Source: Kenya News Agency