Stop Female Genital Mutilation in Masaai community

Stop Female Genital Mutilation in Masaai community

From Tjalina Nijholt

My name is Tjalina Nijholt, filmmaker from the Netherlands and I am raising money for Leah in Arusha, Tanzania. Leah is fighting against Female genital mutilation and early child marriage in Maasai communities.

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Leah (31) is fighting against Female genital mutilation and early child marriage in the Maasai communities around Arusha, Tanzania for over a year now. To help her in this important mission, I decided to raise funds for my friends Leah and Moise. 

Leah is very brave to stand up and fight against the traditions that are so deeply rooted in their community and culture. They believe with FGM girls 'become real woman' and are ready to marry. This will give the family a bride price and secure the future of the girl as she is now ready to live with her husband. Also the woman executing the female circumcision is getting paid. Girls between 9-19 years old are victim of both FGM and early marriage. 

After having experienced the effects of FGM herself during giving birth to 3 children, Leah decided she will no longer accept this in her community.

She and her husband travel all villages around, educating and helping people to make a change. They truly believe it can and will happen. The next generation will not face what they have dealt with in the past. "It's a new time. It's a modern time. We should and don't have to do this anymore."

One of the things they do is take away the need for money from the woman who is doing the FGM and the need for families to marry out their daughter to receive a bride price.

Furthermore, education and setting an example is most important to eradicate FGM and early child marriage.

Men have also joined the fight and understand that FGM impacts education too if girls are keeping out of school because of recovery and health issues they might endure. 

If you would like to help: Leah and her husband started the NGO TENG’ENA Community Development Organization.

The funds will be used for materials like pens, printer, computer, Manilasheet, markers, ram papers and they need transportation- "a car or motorcycle that would help us to move from one place to another and reach many women in a short time. We also supply food and clothing on our trips to the villages and also equipment for soap making." 

Also money donations are being accepted and they can give proof where the money is used for.

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