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The Holiday Mentorship program is aimed at engaging the pupils through their free time during the August Holiday. Most parents amongst the kisii people, take advantage of the long holiday period to cut their girls and let them heal before going back to school in September.

The pupils fetched from omogwa, Benya, Tombe, and Kiogutwa primary schools participated in the Anti-FGM relay, drawing competition testing their creativity in ending FGM, and class sessions that equipped them with information improving their capacity to say NO to FGM.

“The pupils come ready to learn, the parents are so supportive too. They prepare the pupils early enough and send them here as they believe we will make their sons and daughters better people in the society in the near future. We are happy and grateful to manga heart. “Said Eunice Kwamboka a volunteer and Teacher at Omogwa Primary school.

FGM is often considered a necessary part of raising a girl, and a way to prepare her for adulthood and marriage. It is a considered a social convention and the social pressure to conform to what others do and have been doing, as well as the need to be accepted socially and the fear of being rejected by the community, are strong motivations to perpetuate the practice.

It is motivated by “acceptable sexual behaviours” and aims to ensure premarital virginity and marital fidelity. It is believed to lower a woman’s libido and believed to help in helping woman resist extramarital sexual acts.

“We will be having the same program in December. We expect to reach more pupils. The number of people conducting FGM has gone down and the community is so supportive. Am so glad that we have ready support in terms of funding from the International Solidarity Foundation.” Grace Murungi Project Officer Manga Heart.

 

The program is in line with Kenya Vision 2030 social pillar – Gender, Children and social Development: vision 2030 emphasizes on policies aimed at empowering vulnerable groups to enable them to take part fully in nation building.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

  1. Tell us about yourself.  My name is Mr. Bernard Oseko from Kiogutwa sub – location. I was born in 1961, attended my primary school at Omogwa primary school, went to secondary school at Nyamagwa boys’ secondary school then joined Mosoriot Teachers training college. I proceeded to Asumbi Teachers Training College and then finalized at Bugema University.

  2. Where did you work before joining Manga heart? I worked as a teacher in several schools and rose to senior head teacher. Then I joined Heart Africa NGO as area coordinator rising to Regional coordinator.

  3. When did you join Manga Heart and why? Together with other community members, I founded Manga Heart in 2006 to support the orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) from households affected by HIV/AIDS and women living with HIV.

  4. What is your greatest challenge? My greatest challenge is the demand from the community which is more than what we can give. Most community members are living in a depilated state and there’s a lot of expectation that we empower them economically.

  5. Where do you see Manga heart in five years? I want to see Manga Heart upgraded from a Community Based Organization to a fully registered NGO. This will help us spread our wings to more funding and cover a larger area and tackle more issues. I want to see the community under which Manga Heart is operating fully equipped with knowledge on FGM and the vice going down rapidly. We also want to develop a resource center well equipped with materials where our people can learn on how to better their livelihoods.

  6. What do you like about your job? I like it that I have had the opportunity to work in this community. I am also grateful to the willingness of the community members to learn and the cooperation they have accorded us as an organization. I also like the way our organization works in a transparent and impartial manner which ensures the resources are channeled to the right beneficiaries and dedicated staff willing to work even overtime without pay.

  7. Who is that one person you will want to meet and why? If accorded the opportunity, I could want to meet Vicky Wrinkler, the founder and Executive director Heart Africa. She is a woman that has dedicated her life in assisting the needy in the community up to her old age. She has dedicated her resources to touch people’s lives.

  8. Who is funding your projects and any other partners you are working with? We are funded by the International Solidarity Foundation (ISF) to implement the FGM project. ISF has come up well and has dedicated a lot of resources in the community and this has created a great impact socially and even economically. It has helped in bringing down Gender Based Violence and enhanced Gender equality. We really appreciate their support.  We also work with Heart Africa which is supporting the girl children with sanitary towels and assisting households and women living with HIV empower themselves economically. The Catholic Relief Service has assisted us through paying school fees, providing beddings and NHIF cards to households living with HIV.

What do you do during your free time? I spend most o my free time teaching the youth on life skills and equipping them with wood turning skills. I also love farming.

Manga Heart

The manga heart orphan care is a community based organization situated along the kisii-Nyamira road.

Contact

Omosocho Market
Kisii, Kenya.
Email : info@mangaheartkenya.org

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