6 December 2012

Kenya: Six Girls Rescued From Early Marriage in Kajiado

Kenya Women Holding, the company that runs the Kenya Women Financial Trust last Saturday rescued six school girls from Kajiado Central who had been married off.

Of the six girls, four had dropped out of school while in form one and the other two in form two. Led by CEO Jennifer Riria, the group visited Kajiado Central in Mile 46 and talked to the girls' parents about the importance of educating girls.

She said the organisation will pay for the girls schooling and asked the parents not to interfere with their daughter's education. She said the organisation has also identified 47 girls in the country's 47 counties who they will pay school fees for.

"As we identify girls like these who are in desperate need, our desire is to help them get back to school. We urge all Kenyans of good-will to help make a difference in these children's lives," she said.

Riria said education would empower these girls to make better life choices. She urged residents of Kajiado Central to stop retrogressive practises like female genital mutilation and early marriages.

Kenya Women Holding is a women membership based non-profit organization that pursues a number of sustainable activities. It focuses on empowering, positioning and advocating for women and their families in Kenya.

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