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Over 3000 Participants Expected at “Zero Tolerance to FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) Run”
Date:2/1/2010

te rite of passage ceremonies that do not include FGM.

Ruth Konchellah, Director of Cherish Others says: “A Maasai girl grows up with very little understanding of her own sexuality and only comes to terms with it when circumcision is discussed. How and why the procedure is being carried out on her, is not revealed to her. We realized that we had a duty as an organization to educate and inform these girls on the real dangers of this practice.”

Cherish Others has developed educational programs for girls in affected communities. “Given the information we provide about the dangers of the practice, a girl will understand why she does not have to go through with the practice,” says Ruth.

The programs target girls who refuse to undergo FGM, often against the wishes of their parents and relatives. Cherish Others provides alternative shelter at homes of women who support Cherish Others’ work. Coerced victims of FGM are also considered for counseling and shelter, since they risk being married off early without their consent.


“FGM is a culturally sensitive issue in some parts of Kenya, nonetheless we need to create a greater awareness of the negative effects of FGM. It is a great honor for my foundation to support this initiative,” says Nancy Nielsen, of the Nancy Nielsen Charitable Foundation.

Cherish Others mobilizes clan elders and educates them about the harmful effects of FGM.
The graduation of the girls who will have taken part in the alternative rite of passage, will be held after the run where they will be recognized with certificates, crowns and shukas.

For more information, contact Mumbi Keega, Nairo
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