SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE: To transform the lives of pastoralist children through education while preserving positive cultural aspects.

THEME: EDUCATION NOT MUTILATION

Lack of formal education has been the biggest reason and excuse to pastoralists’ marginalization. Levels of illiteracy are high and it is even worse among girls and women. ICC contributes to increasing in enrollment, retention, and transition from primary to college among pastoralists’ children and especially girls. It does these through role-modeling and goal-setting, annual youth camps and role models school visits children are inspired to dream beyond the household jobs they’ve seen for women in their village. They understand that education is the ticket to a better future and that future is in their hands.

This way ICC discourages early/forced marriages as well as retrogressive cultural practices such as FGM. To advance this course ICC founded and now hosts a network of organizations working on children issues in the entire Kajiado County.

Kajiado County Children’s Stakeholders Network (KACCSNET) is a network of more than Thirty (30) non-governmental organizations, Faith-Based Organizations, Community Based Organizations working together with the National and County Government to ensure effective coordination and implementation of child-focused activities for greater results in addressing issues affecting children in Kajiado County.

As a network, KACCSNET has enhanced effective interventions by improving coordination, partnerships, and teamwork for organizations working to ensure children and especially girls are protected and remain in school. The network has widened the scope of impact and has made the otherwise challenging tasks of protecting children interesting and successful.

This network is now working with the county government especially the ministry of Gender and ICT to spearhead the domestication of the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Act of 2011 to suit Kajiado County context and build ownership, hence implementation realization with less ado.

ICC uses an approach called transformative leadership for girls to help them focus on high-level goals and aspirations different from the traditional and cultural lifestyle. A high proportion of girls from the Maasai community drop out of school early and do not complete their education. ICC postulates that keeping girls in school, and developing their leadership capabilities, will provide protection and safety to become independent and economically active members of their communities.

ICC’s strategy to support education and transformative leadership for girls includes:

  • Leadership and mentorship holiday camps for girls, following the ICC Girls’ Transformative Leadership curriculum.
  • Financial support to girls from poor families to stay in school while meeting their pressing material needs
  • Strong relationship developed with households/families, the whole community and school administration around the learning and living environment for girls
  • Goal setting for the girls aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy giving a voice to the voiceless
  • Formation of  Girls Transformation Clubs in schools  to foster self-esteem, ambition, and networking among girls to form a generation of young women leaders who understand and fight for their rights
  • Foster and encouraging peer learning through the exchange programs

 

Donate 600 to sponsor reformed morans Anti FGM Campaign.
$ 600
Personal Info

Donation Total: $600

Donate 500 USD to educate 20 female circumcisers on the effects of FGM
$ 500
Personal Info

Donation Total: $500

Donate 600 to sponsor reformed morans Anti FGM Campaign.
$ 600
Personal Info

Donation Total: $600

Donate 5000 USD to build a classroom in Lekiji community school.
$ 5,000
Personal Info

Donation Total: $5,000