BENEFITING: COINS FOR CHANGE
Amboseli, Kenya is a very dangerous place for young Maasai Girls. Poor educational opportunities, female genital mutilation (FGM), rape, beatings, child marriages as early as 10 years old all make for an unsafe environment for young Maasai girls. These issues are gradually changing with the selection of the first Maasai Woman Chief. She is a strong advocate for women's rights. Chief Mary Kahingo works closely with Coins For Change (www.coinsforchange.org). Kenya passed the marriage law of 2014 that forbids girls being married before the age of 18. They also now have a law against female genital mutilation. Chief Mary has police powers and can take the guilty to a Kenyan Court. However the Maasai people have steadfastly clung to their traditional customs and continue to break the laws. Most Maasai women and girls do not know that these laws exist. Chief Mary needs funds to go to these very isolated villages and train women in empowerment, women's rights and gain knowledge about the new laws. Chief Mary now has a Safe House for those in danger.