Hear their stories

Approximately 70% of young Maasai girls undergo FGM, even though it is prohibited by law. They are then married off, often as a second or third wife to an older man. The reasons these practices remain are varied—possibility of a dowry, poverty, a rite of passage, tradition. During times of drought and high inflation, more girls are cut and married off, often because families cannot afford to feed them.


Each girl has a unique story but faces a similar plight. In the midst of these struggles, KSOH stands as a beacon of hope and offers refuge for these girls as well as excellent education for them and for boys and girls from the surrounding communities.

Answering a Different Call

Sarah was rescued and brought to the rescue center in 2019 after running away from forced child marriage. She started her education again at the Ewuaso Osiligi School after being rescued and finished her junior secondary learning (8th grade) and prepared to go to high school.

However, after entering high school, she realized that traditional education was not a great fit for her. Her grades were dropping, and she realized her heart was not in it. Instead, she wanted to pursue a vocational school to become a dressmaker and tailor. This made a lot of sense to everyone in Kenya, as she was always helping the school tailor and other girls with minor adjustments to their own clothes. 

Sarah felt called in a different direction and this year, that became a reality! She began vocational college in May and was happy to report with some of her creations after her first term.

Because of your help, girls like Sarah are now pursuing a passion that can help establish their futures! Thanks be to God for her progress and for your support.


August 2023

Hannah

Hannah is 15 years old and in 7th grade. She was rescued in 2019 and has lived at the Ewuaso Osiligi Rescue Center ever since. She comes from a community a few hours away from the center. 


When her mother passed away during childbirth, she was forced to drop out of school in order to take care of her six siblings. She helped raise her siblings for three years and then desired to return to school. However, her father refused. She had grown older and in the Maasai tribe, was considered close to becoming a woman. He instead wanted her to undergo FGM and be married off at 11 years old, which was encouraged by her step mother. 


It was another woman in the family, another wife of her father, that raised the alarm when the plans became known amongst the adults. She sought help from the area chief, who rescued Hannah. 


Hannah is bubbly, outgoing and full of hope for the future. She has grown in confidence, in faith, and physically since arriving four years ago. “I came to the center when I was 11 years old but I was unable to join fourth grade because I couldn’t read or write. Now, I can read and write in Swahili and English. I can express myself!” 


Hannah is passionate about being a truth-teller and showing compassion to others. She dreams of one day becoming an accountant. 

SUsan & Emily

Following the death of Susan's father, her mother remarried. Susan's life at the young age of 12 changed forever. Her stepfather planned to take her to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) in preparation for marriage. Susan feared for her future and bravely ran away from home to her older sister's home. Thankfully, her brother, sympathetic to Susan’s desire to continue her education, alerted the Education Office, and they brought her to the Ewuaso Osiligi Center. Susan found refuge and hope at the center and is now doing well in high school.


In another village, Emily and her sister fended for themselves and frequently faced hunger while their parents were away working. Despite suffering parental neglect for years, Emily managed to go to school, walking three hours each day. When her sister gave birth to a baby, Emily stayed home to care for the baby while her sister continued to go to school, which put her at even greater risk of FGM and forced early marriage. Her parents also discussed sending her to work as house help. Either path led to a life of servitude with no hope of further education. Thankfully, local officials learned of her situation, and at the tender age of eight, Emily was referred to Ewuaso Osiligi Center for safety and education. Emily has thrived and is doing well in school.