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Ariemet Girl's Rescue
2012 UPDATE: There is a great deal of insecurity in Isiolo area. The education journey became an information gathering and immediate assistance where possible journey. The two girls rescued from 2011, were unhappy with the changes at their Home and after a great deal of disturbance, they were relocated to a school.
When Expanding Opportunities was ready to begin working with girl's, the first step was to locate knowledgeable Kenyan women to discover what they thought were the most pressing problems facing the girl child.
That search led us to Josephine Kulea who answered with a resounding EDUCATION.
Education builds knowledge, confidence, avenues of support and therefore weakens exploitation, poverty and dependency.
Josephine Kulea remains on the Board of Expanding Opportunities; is the chairperson of POWER, a CBO and is preparing a new project in Samburu County with a Community Based Organization. The URL for her project is www.samburugirlsfoundation.org
The most vulnerable population are girls in more remote areas. Though the new Kenya constitution clearly allocates rights to children, many remote areas are not aware of the contents of the constitution. They are following the traditions of generations.
The constitution clearly outlaws FGM, Female Genital Mutilation, and EFM, Early Forced Marriage (click here for more information) and states that a child has the right to an education.
Josephine, a child rights advocate, had been working to rescue young Samburu girls from these practices and placing them in schools for several years. Click here to read an articles about her rescues.
Expanding Opportunities came alongside to help. The first steps were visits to existing facilities and rescue programs in other areas of the country and a meeting of government officials, community members, chiefs, school principals, and children's officers held in Nanyuki. There was overwhelming agreement that a physical Rescue Center was needed as well as community education and rescue.
A parcel of 10 acres was donated for the construction of a Center. Meanwhile Josephine continued to rescue girls and seek placements for them in other homes and schools.
In 2011, a community education project was undertaken in Kipsing. Read about that adventure: Click here.
Two girls on their way to a new life.
A land survey and the land marked with fencing.
Fundraising for construction of the first phase of the rescue center.
Additional Community Education Journeys to remote areas to discuss the constitution and child rights.
Continued child rescue
The development of an emergency fund for the rescue and immediate needs of the girls.
To sponsor a girl rescued and awaiting sponsorship, or to donate to the immediate need Fund, please click here.
Several new girls have been rescued. Three need sponsors. Their information will be added as soon as possible.
FALL 2012 UPDATE: Ground is broken! The Ariemet Girl's Rescue Center is under construction! Watch for the whole story or for a blow by blow, friend us on FACEBOOK.
Josephine Kulea is preparing a new project in Samburu County with a Community Based Organization. The URL for her project is www.samburugirlsfoundation.org