What you need to know:
- Kajiado County Director of Education Shadrack Maya warned parents against subjecting their daughters to Female Genital Mutilation.
- Loverice Kenya will donate school uniforms and games kits to all public schools in the county once schools re-open after Covid-19.
More than 300 rescued girls and orphans in Kajiado Central sub-county will benefit from clothes worth Sh12 million.
The donation comprising new clothes and sportswear by Loverice Kenya, a Non-Governmental Organisation, will be distributed to girls in rescue centres, children’s homes and orphanages in the sub-county.
Kajiado County has a number of centres offering refuge to Maasai girls running away from early marriages and female genital mutilation.
Kajiado County Education and Vocational Training CEC Jeremiah ole Ncharo said the clothes will be distributed across rescue centres for girls saved from forced early marriages, orphanages and among the disadvantaged in the society.
He said that many children who have been rescued from the out-dated cultural practices such as early marriages and FGM lack adequate clothing.
“The donation will be given to our children in the villages and those in the rescue centres and other disadvantaged children. Clothing is an essential need especially during the cold season,” said Mr Ncharo.
He warned parents who are taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to perpetuate Female Genital Mutilation in the county that they will be arrested and charged in court.
“We will not allow children to be married off, we have to let them go to school. We have arrested three such parents who have already been arraigned in Kajiado awaiting to be charged,” he said.
Kajiado County Director of Education Shadrack Maya said that sports uniforms and tracksuits will be distributed to sports players while the casuals will be given to children in the county’s Talent Centre in Oloolua Ward.
Loverice Kenya Branch Manager and AIC Samaria Mission Director Donghee Kim said the donation is just the beginning of a wider partnership with the Kajiado County government.
She said they will donate school uniforms and games kits to all public schools in the county once schools re-open after Covid-19.
"Donation will be done twice a year to the Kajiado County to assist children from rescue centres, children’s homes and orphanages," she said.