Campaign Against female Genital Mutilation via Crowdrise
May 25, 2012
BENEFITING: Campaign Against female Genital Mutilation
Every year thousands of girls lose their lives because of FGM. Most that escape have nowhere to go and eventually get mutilated. Rescued girls are given free shelter with free primary education. After that they may go on to higher education with enough donation support, becoming prepared to stand on their own feet, contribute positively to their communities, support themselves and choose a way of life that does not require female genital mutilation. Your donation will truly save their lives.
FGM causes death immediately from shock or hemorrhage, others later, from infection, AIDS spread by communal ceremonies, or in childbirth gone awry because of physical damage resulting from genital cutting. All of these girls lose their chance for health, happiness, and fulfillment of their potential and hopes in life. At present, girls who choose not to be cut have no place in their home communities. If they remain they will eventually be coerced to submit to FGM, followed by an early marriage.
How will this project solve this problem?
Rescued girls who have escaped female genital mutilation are given free shelter with free primary and secondary education. After that they may go on to higher education, with a enough financial support, becoming prepared to stand on their own feet, contribute positively to their communities, and free to support themselves and choose a way of life that does not require female genital mutilation. Rescuing these girls truly saves their lives.
Potential Long Term Impact
Financial support can bring a young girl from her village where she is at risk of FGM to board and learn in school where she will be safe from forced FGM and will be exposed to wider opportunities and secure an education. Most girls who escape FGM have no where to go and because of a lack of a support network, end up going back home to be "circumcized". The more we can prevent girls from being mutilated, the more likely we are to bring an end to this practice.
"I ran away from home when I was 11 because my older sister died from circumcision. I wandered for 4 weeks with no food or shelter until I was rescued. I want to make sure every girl has a chance."
- Kumba Camara, Rescue Leader