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4HER Campaign

Wanjala Wafula
Posted March 16, 2018 from Kenya
Expired on May 1, 2018
Some of the Samburu girls who attended our recent empowerment training in Maralal town
Samburu girls are repressed by diverse attributes of male dominance, controlled by traditional perceptions of a woman, and abused by the time-honored customs


Samburu girls, as young as ten from Northern Kenya are being exposed to death and life threatening complications including crude abortions, excessive bleeding, sepsis, fistula, segregation and expulsion from society because of an ongoing archaic cultural practice called beading. The practice allows warriors (Moran’s) to qualify as “legal” boyfriends accepted by the community, sadly with the consent of the family and facilitated by mothers. The girls are often married by 12-14, their youth and naivety preventing them from doing anything about it. Beading allows a Moran to buy a girl he fancies from his clan, basically a family member and places beads on her neck. He is allowed to have sex with her. However, he cannot marry her, and they must not have a child. When the girl gets pregnant, her mother and fellow clan women conduct crude abortions.

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What your support means
$ 5 worth a month of the much needed sanitary towels.
$10 worth of exercise books for one girl for the entire school term.
$10 for two solar lamps.
$15 worth of 500 brochures in the vernacular language.
$20 community forum to discuss the dangers of beading an

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Jill Langhus
Mar 19, 2018
Mar 19, 2018

Good luck with your fundraiser, Wanjala. Their necklaces are so beautiful. Do they ever sell them? Could they sell them and the proceeds be funneled back into empowering them?