Safe houses provide Maasai girls and child brides with a shelter from danger
Almost 90% of Maasai girls undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). Every day, Maasai girls are forced into FGM and early marriage. It is a heartbreaking reality, a vicious cycle that perpetuates itself generation after generation because of tradition, perceived gender roles and poverty. As child brides, these girls and women are also much more likely to suffer from physical or sexual abuse by their husbands. Husbands they did not choose for themselves.
Too often, girls run away from their homes when they are in imminent risk of forced FGM or early marriage, and child brides run away from their husbands because of physical or sexual abuse at home.
When Maasai girls and women in the Amboseli region of Kenya feel endangered, they go to Chief Mary Kahingo
Chief Mary Kahingo is the first and only female Maasai chief in Kenya. Maasai girls look up to her and go to her in times of need. They know they can trust her to protect them.
They stay with her until the Maasai Chiefs or Kenyan courts are able to alleviate the danger facing them, thereby allowing them to return to their home in safety.
Given the number of women and girls who came seeking her help and protection, however, Chief Mary ran out of space at home to accommodate them all.
To enable Chief Mary to continue taking in girls and women in need, Coins for Change built a Safe House next to her home
The Gregoire SafeHouse houses these girls, children and women and provides them with a safe harbor until the dangers they face have been mitigated and they can safely return to their homes.
As a member of the Coins for Change Maasai advisory board, Chief Mary works closely with us. Together, we ensure that each girl at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) or early marriage is sponsored through Coins for Change and enrolled in a quality boarding school where she can remain safe and receive a good education.
THE SAFE HOUSE
The Gregoire SafeHouse provides women and girls who feel endangered with a safe harbor until the dangers they face have been mitigated and they can safely return to their homes.
Become a part of something bigger!
The Gregoire SafeHouse is a refuge for girls who run away from their homes because they are in imminent risk of forced female genital mutilation (FGM) or early marriage, and for child brides who have run away from physical or sexual abuse they are suffering at home.
The Safe House has an annual running cost of $600, to provide the women and children who stay here with food and basic necessities. Help maintain this vital shelter!
100% of every dollar generated online goes directly into our programs to help rescue Maasai girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage.