A great article about five Kenyan teenagers (aged 15-17) that will be travelling to California in a bid to win $15,000 for their app, i-Cut. The five girls are the sole African participants to be taking part in the Technovation event. I-cut presents a total assistance mechanism to girls at risk of FGM. It also connects victims with rescue centres and gives legal and medical help to those who have been cut.
28 Too Many are a charity working to end FGM (female genital mutilation). As well as enabling local initiatives to end FGM practice, they compile profiles of the 28 African countries in which FGM is practiced. This report profiles Kenya and gives an excellent insight into the multi thronged reasons for the practice’s prevalence. It examines and compares rates from each of the Kenyan tribes, and explores the meaning of cutting amongst each group. Particularly striking are the report’s findings regarding the positive effect that education has on rates of harmful cultural practices.
Here’s another video sent to us from our Ugandan partner organisation, Voluntary Action for Development (VAD). They spoke to Elivanson Nababi about the impact that the water facilities installed in her home by Aidlink and VAD made on her life.
Fred, the free boda boda
And finally, meet Fred, the ‘boda, boda’ guy who spent election day in Kenya ferrying those in need to and from their polling stations. He has been bringing pregnant women, the elderly, the disabled and the lost throughout Kibera and greater Langata for free, as well as imploring those at the polling stations to tell him of any friends or relatives that need transportation! Go Fred.