Arts For Child Protection showcase by Safe Engage Foundation to end Kuria FGM

By MN Reporter

The Safe Engage Foundation has organised an arts exhibition in Kehancha town to help protect children rights in Kuria community.

The event which also brought other gender, child and human rights stakeholders in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation was dubbed ‘Arts For Child Protection.’

Kuria West Sub County Commissioner Andrew Mwiti noted that the FGM prevalence in the area had “drastically reduced” following the efforts by stakeholders.

“The move has seen us scale down FGM cases by quite a considerable margin. Apart from cracking down on perpetrators, the move to infuse art as a learning mode has also help in nurturing talents among young learners,” Mwiti said.

He said so far across the region, only 12 cases has so far been recorded with majority of the victims being rescued without undergoing the cut following tight surveillance.

Christine Alphonce the director at Safe Engage Foundation said the not only aim at ending the vice among children, but to also change the attitudes of parents.

“We have recorded a positive streak from children visiting our facility not only for moral support but also to learn new skills. So far we are working closely with over 300 children during this holiday although sometimes the number is overwhelming,” she said while lauding the parents for “entrusting them with the children.

She said the move to infuse arts in the FGM fight has yielded immense fruits as the beneficiaries often end up cascading the teachings to their peers.