With extremely limited healthcare resources and education in our region, most people know very little about their bodies, particularly with regard to sexual and reproductive health and the harmful effects of female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage.
These topics are also highly taboo, so they aren’t discussed in school or at home. This leads to higher rates of FGM, child marriage, unintended teenage pregnancy, school dropout, and cyclical intergenerational poverty.
It’s part of our mission to ensure our boarding school students have access to information about these things to advocate for themselves and make informed choices about their health.
To extend our reach into the wider community and support those we aren’t able to enroll in our schools, we’ve also created health programs that give youth and adults across southwestern Kenya access to health information, education, and resources.