This program aims at providing a permanent approach to addressing the many challenges faced by the girl child in Kenya. It has grown out of the recognition that the girl child is in many cases not able to exploit her full potential as a person due to all kinds of cultural practices and believes, including their exploitation during the post elections violence that still prevail in many parts of Kenya. Some of them are being forced to undergo the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Over ninety percent of the girls undergoing this painful experience get married immediately after this rite, thus contributing to many of them dropping out of school. We need to reverse this trend by targeting all categories of suffering.
Taking into account that this is an issue requiring long term concerted efforts, JWF has established an endowment component aimed at growing in perpetuity, funds to direct towards holistic girl child initiative, while also having an on-going grant making component which make funds available to initiatives that are focusing on curtailing this problem.
This program has been necessitated by the reasons:
- Unequal access to education
- Lack of enforcement of the children’s act and other relevant legislators
- Late entry into school due to taking up extra chores at home especially with the spread of the HIV/AIDS pandemic
- Being viewed as assets for marriage purpose
Projects supported by the fund
The fund will support projects that facilitate girls to exploit girls full potential throughout in Kenya. These include projects that:
- Support the girl child to get education through provision of scholarships
- Support mentorship and counseling support to girls, particularly those in difficult circumstances or come from the remote parts of Kenya
- Brings out the best in girls, beyond academic excellence
- Address retention of girls in schools such as improvement of hygiene and sanitary conditions
- Sensitize communities about the perils of gender based discrimination