Teri Gabrielsen wrote -
Due to Africa Schools of Kenya's (ASK) work with the Maasai, last year in 2012, the Esiteti Maasai elders declared their desire to stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and keep their girls in school. They had come to recognize that educated women are more valuable to the community than uneducated. The result was the Alternative Rite of Passage (ARP). In August, 2012, 52 girls experienced and completed the first ARP, without genital cutting.
Thanks to contributions from people like you, the Esiteti Maasai girls are safe from FGM for 5 years with ASK's ARP program. To sustain and spread the ARP forever in Maasailand, Life Skills and Leadership workshops are crucial for the mothers and women. Through these workshops, these marginalized women are learning the skills and gaining confidence to raise their voices for change. The women who were the "cutters" are learning new roles in the ARP in order to save their livlihood without the ritual genital cutting.
Support these workshops by contributing and, as importantly, telling your friends about FGM and this campaign. Empower Maasai women to stop FGM throughout Maasailand, Kenya and to continue their education. Five years of workshops requires an additional $15,000. With more than that, all of Kenya can be covered. With more than that, we can spread into other parts of Africa.
By empowering and educating Maasai women, positive, sustained change can occur. Women are the foundation for positive change in all societies as research and statistics have repeatedly shown. The Raise for Women Challenge will help change our world for the better. Support us in our important role in Africa to stop FGM and give Maasai women their voice.