Saving girls from FGM in Tanzania
Why we need your help
Since 2014, Tanzania Development Trust has played an active role in the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM) in rural Tanzania through our local rep Rhobi Samwelly. By donating through TDT, you can support her work and goal to bring the practice to an end.
TDT's work is carried out through Rhobi's NGO Hope for Girls and Women (HGWT). Rhobi’s personal experience of being forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child inspired her lifelong commitment to fight for the rights of girls and women.
HGWT runs two safe houses located in the Butiama and Serengeti Districts of the Mara Region of Tanzania, which shelter and support those fleeing FGM, child marriage, and other forms of gender based violence. In the peak 'cutting season' at the end of 2019, Hope sheltered more than 300 girls in danger of undergoing FGM. Most of these girls are returned to their families after the immediate danger has passed, but for a proportion, safe return is not possible and they must continue to be accommodated at the camps.
Hope also carries out extensive education and outreach programmes, challenging perceptions and traditions to encourage a lasting change in customs.
Funding is an ever present challenge. Hope receives no official funding from Government sources, and all its costs are met by voluntary donations and support. Ongoing costs average more than £1,500 per week.
Whatever you can donate will make a difference. And every donation receives the TDT promise: 100% of all donations received will be spent on the project.
If you represent an organisation interested in supporting Hope: if you would like to join the International Support Group, or discuss other means of getting involved, please contact Janet Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org
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