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Double your donation today with The Big Give Christmas Challenge!

 

Friends of Kipkelion is once again taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge, which means that from 12 noon today all donations made to us via The Big Give before 7 December will be doubled by match funding

Our target this year is to raise £8,000 for our campaign against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kipkelion. We’ve been working to eradicate FGM in the area for many years by providing an “Alternative Rite of Passage” for girls. While these efforts have been very successful, the pandemic has led to a resurgence of FGM in Kipkelion. 

With many girls dropping out of school and families slipping into poverty, some parents believe that marrying their daughters off at an early age is the only solution – and that a girl who has been “cut” is be considered more marriageable.  We’ll be running as many of the Alternative Rite of Passage courses as we can manage in the coming months –  to donate and have your donation match funded please click here.

Thank you for supporting this vital work.

Update on the situation in Kipkelion

Things remain very difficult in Kipkelion as the pandemic continues.  Although lockdown restrictions have been eased across Kenya, many families have used up all their savings and have been forced back into poverty.

Schools have re-opened but not all the children have returned – a significant number appear to have given up their studies, probably because their parents cannot afford to send them to school any more. Girls in particular have dropped out in large numbers. 

Meanwhile, those who have managed to return to school are having to work twice as hard as before, with much shorter school holidays, in an effort to make up for lost time.  Many young people are exhausted and frustrated as they see their hopes of going to college or getting a good job disappearing.

The vaccine campaign in Kipkelion

One of the most urgent things at the moment is to get the Covid-19 vaccine out to people living in rural areas of Kipkelion. Foreign Governments are providing Kenya with vaccines, but the supplies received so far are limited and getting them distributed to remote areas around the country is challenging.

Kipkelion is fortunate in that our partners Brighter Communities Worldwide (BCW) have trained thousands of local volunteers who are travelling around the remote villages ensuring that everyone in Kipkelion is aware of the vaccine, how it works and why it is important. We are working with BCW and the Kenya Ministry of Health to provide fridges and cool boxes to store the vaccines in for the last few miles of their journey to the villages, plus PPE for the health workers and transport to take them to the remoter places. 

To date, only 7% of Kenya’s adults have been vaccinated and the aim is to double this by the end of the year – there is still a long way to go.
  • £12 will pay for PPE for one vaccinator 

  • £80 will pay for a cool box to store the vaccines 

Donate today.

And finally...

  • If you have donated to us recently you may have noticed that we are now using JustGiving instead of Virgin Money Giving to collect our donations. If you experience any issues as a result of this change, do let us know!
  • Looking for some winter sun? Check out these great special offers from our partners at Charitable Travel – if you book through them, Friends of Kipkelion receive a donation of 5% of the cost of your trip.
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