V-Day Annual Report 2016 - ONE BILLION RISING: RISE FOR REVOLUTION 1 - Page 47

Since it opened in 2002, Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative, has been a groundbreaking safe house for girls fleeing Female Genital Mutilation and early marriage, and an educational hub teaching community members about the damage and impact these cultural practices have. In winter of 2016, Tasaru was home to 55 girls who were given training in Alternative Rites of Passage without the physical cut. 117 girls went through a 6 day seclusion training and graduated into adulthood without the cut at a ceremony attended by local leaders, community elders, representatives from the ministry of health, judiciary, the children’s department, the office of director of public prosecutions, NGO’s and civil society. During this period, 3 girls were also reconciled with their families. V-DAY’S SAFE HOUSE FOR THE GIRLS/ TASARU NTOMONOK INITIATIVE (KENYA)