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Where it all began
2005 at Helme Chase Maternity Unit in Kendal, Cumbria UK
Elderly Pokot Woman
This woman is a traditional birth attendant at one of our sensitisation/awareness events.
TBA's in training seminar
A reformed cutter
This woman announced during workshops that she is a cutter but will now abandon the practice due to what she has learnt.
More reformed cutters
These TBAs/cutters vowed to abandon cutting/FGM. They are pictured being blessed by the pastor during the final ceremony following their 3 day residential anti FGM training
A public abandonment ceremony
Reformed cutters during an abandonment ceremony where they symbolically lay down their knive
The Team on outreach
Preparing for a journey to bring the anti FGM campaign to another new remote village in the mountains.
Loading up for the journey
We hired motorbikes for some of the journey but then we would trek as there are no roads in the mountains.
The villagers met us to carry much of the very heavy stuff, sacks of rice, maize etc.
Yours truly enjoying the hike
Up in the clouds!
Demonstrating with our anatomical model to show exactly what happens during FGM
Everlyne Cheyech, Manager and CEO of CICR
Our sister organisation on the ground in Pokot CICR (Centre for Indigenous Child Rights) is managed by Everlyn. Everlyn was demonstrating with dolls and pelvis, problems caused by child/forced marraige and early child bearing. This follows FGM.
Demonstrating childbirth without FGM
Elders, men and youth of the community during 3 day residential forum.
Demonstrating problems caused by underage childbearing.
Men well engaged
Close up photo of the level of interest and concentration.
Mr Kabeti, our teacher.
Demonstation with our anatomical model in the mens forum to exactly what happens during FGM.
Workshop engaging with youth/younger men.
Engaging with youth/younger men.
Young men at the final celebration of the anti FGM forum.
The start of a 7 day residential "camp" for young girls to learn the law, their human rights and the ill effects of FGM and child marriage. This leads to their Alternative Rite of Passage (ARP) ceremony.
Girls having fun in between seminars.
A girls depiction of FGM
A cutter being arrested
Practising dances for the big day of their ARP ceremonies.
Mother and daughter
A mother prepares her daughter for her ARP ceremony.
Entertaining the crowd at the ARP
During the final ARP ceremony traditonal dances and songs but now with an anti FGM message.
2019 Public Abandonment Ceremony
Ex cutters lay down their knives in a symbolic gesture of saying no to FGM and Child Marriage.
Gertrude, one of our first "graduates" in 2010 has now just graduated from college in Mombasa to become a Nutrionalist.
Congratulations to Gertrude we are all so proud of her! She remained steadfast throughout a decade of pressure in refusing FGM.