Suswa

The Soila Maasai girls rescue centre in Suswa in the Rift Valley is home to more than 60 girls aged between 7 and 14 years old who have been saved from the fate of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage.

This practice is still customary in the Maasai community as a rite of passage, marking a girl passing from childhood into womanhood. Sadly, however, it is normally performed on girls before they even reach the age of 13.

At the Suswa centre, the girls, many of whom are orphans and have no-one to protect them, are given an education as an alternative path in life to FGM.  Through their education, they have the chance of a different life and they also enrich their communities.  The girls are also supported by Balcraig throughout their high school education when they leave the Suswa centre.

Balcraig are now running a sponsorship scheme for the Suswa girls which costs just £10 a month.

Through this scheme a sponsor can support the girl’s primary and secondary education and living costs and help them to build a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

As a sponsor, you will receive a current photo of the girl, a letter from her and a progress report on both her home life and her school work.

Donations to the project can be made through www.justgiving.com/suswa or if you are interested in sponsoring one of the girls directly, please go to the ‘support us’ page for more information.