More than 100 vulnerable families in Sook and Seker areas in West Pokot County have benefited from donations worth Kshs 3.5 million courtesy of World Vision Organization to cushion them from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and help in the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM).
It has been established that some residents in remote areas within the County have resorted to the FGM practice and early forced marriages in order to get dowry and money to survive during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The World Vision project seeks to ensure all children, especially the most vulnerable, are cared for and protected from retrogressive practices, abuse, neglect, exploitation, and all other forms of violence in a safe family and community environment.
World Vision Organization, West Pokot County official Titus Kaprom said that the program will empower and improve livelihoods for sustainable development and turn dependence from retrogressive acts. “We have given out two goats to each household….water jerrycans to help residents keep the directive of regularly washing hands to curb the spread of the Coronavirus,” he said.
He said that schools have received posho mills which will be used to generate income and the funds used to purchase sanitary pads for girls. “Every household will also get 4,000 shillings to help them buy food,” he stated.
Kaprom called on parents in the area to make sure that girls are not subjected to FGM and early forced marriages with schools still closed, “We want all girls to go back to school when institutions reopen.”
He added that the organization is also constructing boarding schools in remote areas so that school going girls don’t have to commute to and from home because of the risks involved.
He further urged other organizations and churches to help in sensitizing locals on the dangers of FGM.