Since 2014 our FGM Rescue Centre in Amboseli provides protection and care to young girls rescued from the threat of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The girls are usually rescued by the local police and are referred to us directly by the children’s office and local area chiefs.
Once a girl is brought to the centre she is admitted temporarily pending further investigation before she is given permanent abode. Some of the girls also come running to our gates by themselves, fleeing the imminent threat of FGM within their families. While under our care a rescued girl receives 3 meals a day, a warm and safe place to stay, personal hygiene items and clothing as well as schooling, free healthcare and trauma therapy.
Girls are only under our protection until the age of 18 years when they are legally termed as adults under the Kenyan law. Together with social workers we aim to reintegrate the girls into their families whenever this is possible and safe for them. This process involves a lot of educational work within the families and communities. If a girl stays with us until the age of 18 years we also support her during higher education or university and we assure, that she will be able to earn a living by herself.
Impressions from our FGM Rescue Center
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Currently there are 30 girls under our protection who live on the Rescue Centre grounds like a big family together with the five members of Divinity staff.
The project also features a dairy and vegetable farm, which provides the meals for the rescued children and teaches them in farming. We also have a borehole which not only supplies water to the centre but also to the neighbouring school of 1200 students and the surrounding village community of 1000 families.
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Rescue Centre in general, please click here.