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   FGM Eradication Program
In 2021, ChildsLife began its second FGM eradication program. We engaged a cohort of 600 school girls from six schools in Kenya’s Kuria Subcounty, Migori County. We work with girls, boys, their parents, community leaders, schools, social service providers, Ministry of Education, Anti FGM board Kenya and even the police. Extensive tailor made course material has been developed with which the 2 program coordinators, the 5 field officers and the 2 nurses (recruited from the community) reach out to a broad target group to provide information and counseling, run workshops, conduct personal conversations and interviews. In addition, a series of monthly meetings and stakeholder confe- rences are held to sensitize community members (boys, parents and community opinion leaders) on the negative effects of FGM. After which the participants and the clan elders sign declaration forms promising to end FGM in their clans and to sensitize their own community members on the negative effects of the Female Genital Mutilation. An approach that has proven very successful!
Children are given educational and homework support, engage in all sorts of recreational activities and they receive a hot lunch and a snack. The centers are run by qualified teachers. To date, nearly 2848 children were offered a place in this structured program which is fun, safe but also provides for their educational needs. Furthermore, child labour at the countryside is prevented. With their children taken care of, parents can work and structurally improve their economic situation. In 2021, 328 children attended the ChildsLife AnneNoor Education Centres.
When ChildsLife begins working with a local partner or bene- ficiary the focus is on guiding and equipping them towards self-sustainability. With very few exceptions, the goal is for beneficiaries and local organizations supported to no longer need ChildsLife. Only by becoming self-sustainable the way out of life in poverty can be reached. ChildsLife helps communities, schools, local organizations and individuals to plan further and develop creative solutions for becoming self-sustainable.
ChildsLife implements greenhouse projects in a bid to sustain and financially empower schools in Kenya. The installation of greenhouses has proven to be an effective method to improve self-reliance and self-sustainability of schools and communities.
Education Projects in Romania
Young children in Romania only attend school a few hours a day, yet the country lacks afterschool facilities. That is why in 2008 ChildsLife opened its first AnneNoor Education Center for children aged 5-10. Now ChildsLife operates 7 centres, which open at
12 noon, after children have finished school, and run until 6 PM.
FGM Eradication

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