Kenyan woman on UK tour to raise awareness of forced marriage & FGM

Hellen Nkuraiya
Hellen Nkuraiya with British school children. Photo: Willetts Safaris

Hellen Nkuraiya is visiting the UK at the moment and has agreed to extend her stay and spend a couple of days in the North East with us. Hellen is a Maasai from Kenya and is an inspirational woman, who has done so much to fight against and rescue girls from early, forced marriage and FGM. She has been instrumental in setting up two widows’ villages and a primary school for rescued girls.

When we have groups on safari in her part of Kenya we make a point of meeting up with Hellen and she normally manages to reduce her audience to tears with her eloquence and forthright explanations.

Hellen Nkuraiya
Hellen Nkuraiya

Her powerful messages were delivered to audiences at Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham, Ponteland High School, Darras Hall First School and girls from Newcastle High School for Girls and Sacred Heart Catholic High School who have visited Kenya and directly supported her projects.

She was also able to be part of the Coco Charity presentation to Newcastle University Students looking to support them in their work in East Africa.

Her visit has been a huge success and hopefully will prompt increased support for the projects we are involved with that are run by Coco Charity, developmentDirect, Maasai Academy, RedTribe and Olkoroi Camp.