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Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:45am

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Amref Health Africa, together with the Governors of Marsabit and Samburu Counties, and the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, launched a new approach to ending child marriage and eradicating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) through partnership with clan elders and youth leaders.  The three-year “Koota Injena” (“Come let us talk”) project, made possible by a grant of Ksh372.5 million from the U.S. Government, will work with vulnerable girls who are at risk of child marriage and FGM in the Rendille, Borana, Gabra, and Samburu communities.

Koota Injena will engage clan elders and facilitate intergenerational dialogue with youth leaders to spread knowledge of the dangers of child marriage and FGM.  Amref Health Africa Group CEO Dr. Githinji Gitahi highlighted the Alternative Rite of Passage as an example of an approach to eliminate FGM and end child marriage that retains community cultural values and important rites of passage.

 

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Last updated: February 27, 2018

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