The hopes, freedom and futures of Maasai girls are being robbed and sacrificed every day. And it needs to stop.

The hopes, freedom and futures of Maasai girls are being robbed and sacrificed every day. And it needs to stop.

The hopes, freedom and futures of Maasai girls are being robbed and sacrificed every day. And it needs to stop. Every day, Maasai girls are forced into female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. What does this mean for Maasai girls? It means they will likely have health issues resulting from FGM, which can range from potentially grave severe bleeding, to chronic infections and fatal difficulties in childbirth. It also means that 11- to 14-year-old Maasai girls will have to leave school, instead bearing children for their new husbands and dedicating themselves to their new home and family. Maasai girls are largely condemned to living a life of extreme poverty and hard work, with little hope of a better future. Click here to learn more about the issues.   Coins for Change is committed to putting an end to FGM and early marriage and to providing poor marginalized Maasai girls with the education, resources and freedom to make a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. What makes Coins...
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3 million girls are at risk of undergoing FGM every year, worldwide.

3 million girls are at risk of undergoing FGM every year, worldwide.

3 million girls are at risk of undergoing FGM every year, worldwide. Female genital mutilation (FGM) violates a girl's human rights. It also breaks Kenyan law. And yet, over 90% of Maasai girls will undergo FGM between the ages of 11 and 14.   What is FGM? Female circumcision, or female genital mutilation (FGM), is traditionally a crucial part of the Maasai girl’s rite of passage to womanhood.Maasai girls typically celebrate their rite of passage between the ages of 11 and 14. A traditional female circumciser performs the FGM procedure, and a paste made from cow dung and milk fat is then applied to the cut to stop the bleeding.Immediate risks include severe bleeding, infection, HIV transmission and death. Long-term effects include chronic infections of the reproductive parts, pain during sexual intercourse, and difficulties in childbirth that can lead to stillbirths.   Let's put an end to this.   Naboye had to run away from home to escape FGM. Naboye grew up like so many Maasai girls, a victim and prisoner of...
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Saved from forced Early Marriage

Saved from forced Early Marriage

Saved from Forced Early Marriage Lucy and Lydia are sisters. They lost their parents when they were still very young. Then they were separated; Lucy (the eldest) sent to live with a distant uncle in Kenya, and Lydia left with neighbors in Tanzania who had little interest in the child. Lucy was allowed to enroll in public school and was doing well. Her uncle, however, didn't see the value in her education and decided to marry her off. She ran away to avoid female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage, and appealed to her school's head teacher to help her.  Her school teachers all came together to protect Lucy, helping her finish her primary school years by housing her and contributing to cover school costs. When she graduated, they continued to house her and managed to enroll her in secondary school under special circumstances. Eventually, however, those special circumstances came to an end and the teachers could no longer cover her tuition...
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Effective Solutions

Bringing an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage requires a broad-based, long-term commitment. Experience has shown that there are no quick or easy solutions. Widespread and permanent renouncement of female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage comes about through a process of positive social change. Interventions and programs must therefore: Programs need to engage all groups of a community in discussion and debate, focus on empowering women and educating girls, and encourage public commitment to renouncing female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage. Achieving this generates the necessary consensus and coordination to bring about permanent positive social change.   Become a part of something bigger! Help give Maasai girls the opportunity and freedom to gain an education and the skills to build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. 100% of every dollar generated online goes directly into our programs to help rescue Maasai girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage. ...
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School holidays, a peak season for female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage

School holidays, a peak season for female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage

School holidays, a peak season for female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage For Maasai girls, school holidays often carry a higher risk of being forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage. They go home from their schools for the holidays, and there is sufficient time to have them undergo and recover from the procedure before classes resume. Help protect Maasai girls from forced FGM and early marriage. Allow them to continue being girls a while longer. Many Maasai girls are forced to undergo FGM by the age of 13 and quickly become mothers themselves. Rescuing them from forced FGM and early marriage helps these girls avoid the potentially severe health-related complications of FGM, reduces infant mortality rates, allows the girls to benefit from more education, and helps them build a better life for themselves and eventually their own children. You can make a real difference. Please donate today and help give these girls a brighter future. SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave ...
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Meet Naboye, forced to flee her home to save herself from FGM and early marriage

Meet Naboye, forced to flee her home to save herself from FGM and early marriage

Meet Naboye, who was forced to flee from her home with her mother to save herself from female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage. Naboye, one of eight siblings, grew up like so many other Maasai girls, a victim and prisoner of extreme poverty and tradition. She was able to go to school for a brief period of time and showed herself to be hardworking and determined, but she missed too many school days in order to fulfill her obligations at home, and eventually dropped out of school. Her elder brother, tasked with providing for the family after they lost their father fifteen years ago, decided to have Naboye undergo FGM and sell her into early marriage. To save herself, Naboye fled with her mother to the Coins for Change SafeHouse, where they have been under the care of Chief Mary ever since. Now, with the generosity of a Coins for Change donor, Naboye is being given a chance at a better life....
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Understand the Issues

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) violates a girl's human rights. It also breaks Kenyan law. Female genital mutilation (FGM) has been illegal for girls under 18 in Kenya since 2002, when the Children’s Act came into force, and for everyone since 2011, when the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act 2011 came into force. Yet 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 extreme poverty, tradition and perceived gender roles that severely limit the Maasai girl's likelihood of getting an education. Child Marriage (also known as Early Marriage) is yet another violation of  girls' rights. In 2014, Kenya passed The Marriage Act, which forbids girls being married before the age of 18. Child marriage (or early marriage) therefore violates a girls' rights in Kenya. Despite the fact that this laws now exists, many male Maasai government...
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Get to know the Maasai

The Maasai Culture The Maasai are possibly one of Kenya's most famous ethnic groups, made easily recognizable by their bright red robes and colorful beadwork. They are resilient and hard working, they have strong beliefs, values and traditions, and they have a long history with periods of prosperity and others of accentuated hardship. They are noble, warm, and welcoming, and curious about the world abroad. Once a warrior tribe, they were respected and feared by all other tribes in Kenya. In the late 1800's, however, tragedy befell the Maasai: smallpox wiped out a large part of the Maasai population, a pest killed off much of their cattle, and severe droughts aggravated all of these losses. British colonizers arrived in the area around this time and forced the weakened Maasai tribe to relinquish their land, moving them to smaller reserves in semi-arid regions. Land accessible to them has since been further restricted by the formation of the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti Game Reserves, which are...
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Safe House

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...
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