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Pastoralist Child Foundation

Area served: Kenya
Archer’s Post
Samburu
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Our mission is to eradicate the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM or female circumcision) and early marriages of young girls to older men in the pastoralist Maasai communities of Kenya, Africa.


Main Focus

  • Advocacy
  • Child Rights
  • Education
  • FGM
  • Poverty

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Pastoralist Child Foundation, Inc.  was founded by a group of concerned, educated, young adult pastoralists from the Samburu and Maasai communities in Kenya, and a Canadian/American woman who visited a Samburu village while on safari in 2012. 

We’re a registered community-based organization (CBO) in Kenya, as well as a registered nonprofit 501(C)(3) tax-exempt charity in the USA. The organization’s formation is a result of caring individuals, male and female, who want to see the end of harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriages of young girls. 

We are located in Archer’s Post, Waso Division in Samburu County, Kenya. The 2 areas we work in are primarily inhabited by the semi-nomadic Samburu and Maasai communities who rely on livestock rearing as their sole source of livelihood.

Mission

Our mission is to eradicate the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM or female circumcision) and early marriages of young girls to older men in the pastoralist Maasai communities of Kenya, Africa.

The children in Maasai communities want to get an education and achieve their dreams - like children everywhere else. Our work starts in Samburu and Maasai Mara and will spread to all pastoralist communities.

Our Work

1. Mobilizing and sensitizing the communities in order to eradicate FGM and child marriages.

2. Providing educational sponsorships for girls to attend primary and secondary schools. We currently have 6 girls receiving educational sponsorships in Samburu and Maasai Mara.

Child Healthcare Program

Pastoralist Child Foundation’s educational workshops for children focus on:

  • Community sensitization on proper hygiene and sanitary practices
  • Providing dewormers to children under 5 years of age
  • Ensuring adequate provision of Vitamin A supplements to children under 5 years of age.
  • Monthly growth monitoring for all children from infants to age 6. - weight, height and MUAC measurement.
  • Ensuring availability of treated safe drinking water to all children.
  • Reducing malnutrition rates by providing good food supplements e.g. unimix
  • Advocating for family planning.
  • Ensuring immunization to all children is increased.
  • Advocating for the use of pre-natal care services.
  • Proper waste disposal within children’s play and learning areas.
  • Ensuring full supply of essential drugs to treat childhood illnesses.