Irish and British aid groups team up to end FGM in Kericho County

FGM in Kericho Kenya
The Alternative Rite of Passage programme provides an alternative to FGM. Photo: Twitter/4abrighterworld

Charities and aid organisations from Ireland and the United Kingdom have joined forces to try to bring an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) across Kericho County, through Brighter Communities Worldwide’s Alternative Rite of Passage programme.

The programme, which supports up to 2,500 girls and is running throughout November and December across Kericho County, is designed to bring an end to female circumcision (FGM) and is being supported by UK Aid, Irish Aid, The Girl Generation, Friends of Kipkelion and local communities.

Female circumcision is a serious health concern. Not only is it a high risk activity, it’s also an abuse of human rights.

Today many communities are involved in a programme to educate the community about the issue of female circumcision and run a five-day lifeskills and cultural training for girls who are at risk.

FGM in Kericho Kenya
The programme is led by local communities. Photo: Twitter/4abrighterworld

The Alternative Rite of Passage programme provides families with an alternative to female genital cutting. It is led by the communities to which those families belong, with local women and men preparing the course and materials as well as delivering the training.

Brighter Communities Worldwide was founded as Friends of Londiani in 2002 and  endeavours to create enabling environments for communities to realise change. They have two staff based in Ireland, and 20 staff based in Kenya who work on the implementation of our strategic plan in the areas of water, health, education and economic empowerment.