Sayydah Garrett – WOMAN of ACTION™

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A Celebration of Women™

is elated to Celebrate the Life of this woman leader. Through her journey to successful leadership with The Pastoralist Child Foundation, she stands as a bright beacon for all youth to achieve an education, with a focus on making sure each and every girl has a chance at life without female mutilation.

 
 

WOMAN of ACTION™

Sayydah Garrett
 

Sayydah Garrett

 
 
 
 

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is gender-based violence defined by the World Health Organization as all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. In Samburu, FGM is a centuries-old rite of passage to adulthood and forced early marriage, resulting in many young girls not having the right or ability to continue their formal education. Educated girls = Literacy = Empowerment = Equality. Girl’s education improves communities.

How will this project solve this problem?

Samburu girls ages 11-15 will share their knowledge with self-confidence and begin dialogues with their parents, siblings, guardians, elders, and males to enlighten them about the harmful effects of dangerous practices. Girls will understand the importance of a formal education in order to help their communities as nurses, doctors, teachers, social workers and other professions. Education empowers girls with a voice to stand up for their right to live safe, happy, healthy and productive lives.

Potential Long Term Impact

The empowerment of 180 girls to resist FGM and forced marriages and to adopt Alternative Rites of Passage (ARP) to womanhood, resulting in the decline of harmful, sometimes deadly practices. Girls will take leadership roles by sharing what they learn with their communities and report incidents of FGM to the authorities. Girls will resist the painful, violent, non-medical, unlawful and out-dated practice of FGM, adopt ARPs and preserve the positive aspects of the beautiful Samburu culture.

Pastoralist Child Foundation has been selected to participate in GlobalGiving’s September Open Challenge which starts today.

DonateHere’s how it works – If we raise $5,000 from at least 40 donors in the month of September we will remain a permanent project on GlobalGiving’s website. GlobalGiving is the world’s biggest nonprofit fundraising website that will give us global visibility and potentially more donors. The challenge begins today, September 1st and we’re asking for your help.

Please, whether you donate regularly or haven’t donated yet, this is the most critical time.

Donations are tax-deductible.

sayydah schoolAttaining our fundraising goal will catapult us into 2015 and allow us to have at least 3 more educational camps for girls that will empower them and bring them closer to having Alternative Rites of Passage – no more FGM!

August 17-21 we held an educational camp for 60 girls ages 11-16 in Archers Post, Samburu.

Topics covered were:

1) Self-awareness
2) Female genital mutilation (FGM/C)
3) Life skills management
4) Teenage pregnancies and child marriages
5) Sexual reproductive health
6) Rape: causes, effects, prevention and post rape management
7) Drug and substance abuse
8) Amendment of children’s rights and importance of formal education
9) HIV/AIDS & sexual transmitted diseases

sayyhad logoJuly and August will be 2 of the most memorable months for us at Pastoralist Child Foundation and my trip to Samburu exceeded my expectations!

I hadn’t been back to Kenya since founding our organization in August, 2012. This was like a homecoming for me as I was joyfully welcomed back to where it all started. Samuel Siriria Leadismo, our fearless Director of Samburu District and I met with the Hon. Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo, Board Chairperson of the Anti-FGM Board in the Kenyan Government who assured us that she’s doing everything in her power to accelerate the abandonment of FGM in Kenya. Dr. Kilimo expressed sincere interest in our work and assured us of her support.

I personally met with Ms. Naisula Lesuuda, Senator of Samburu County. Ms. Lesuuda said Pastoralist Child Foundation is doing important work, we have her support and she wants to be kept informed of our progress.

sayyhad 3 girlsDuring my 2 week stay I met with our dedicated mentors who are doing a fabulous job of facilitating workshops, making presentations on behalf of PCF at official meetings, visiting our sponsored girls and raising awareness about our mission.

My visit with students Asha, Janet and Serena at their school in Isiolo was quite emotional as this was the first time I’d met them.

I’m happy to report the girls are doing well both academically and socially. Asha is class prefect, Serena is the school’s top volleyball player and I have no doubt that Janet’s dream to become a doctor will become a reality.

The girls are in our new video. Our Olympic Games day was a blast! We had races, soccer games and donated prizes for boys and girls in Namayiana Village.
 
We’re truly thankful for goodhearted people. Phil Newman, Chief Executive Officer of Cobmex Apparel Limited, an international uniform company, generously donated 12 boxes of clothes to Pastoralist Child Foundation. We distributed the clothes to 150 children in 6 different Samburu villages. New shirts, blouses, shorts, trousers, socks, sweaters and jackets sure look nice on the kids. Thanks so much, Cobmex!!

We filmed our official video in July and hope you like it!

 
 
 

A Celebration of Women™

welcomes this woman, one that is leading the way for future women leaders with open arms, through the education of children in Kenya, and we embrace the thought of future collaboration.

 
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Brava Sayydah!

 

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Comments

  1. Sayydah responded to the call from the local Samburu warrior, Samuel Siriria Leadismo to help to protect Samburu girls from early marriage and FGM. Since that fortuitous meeting, she has spent countless hours planning and building the Pastoralist Child Foundation, always in conjunction with Samual Siriria Leadismo and others from the Samburu and Maasai Mara communities. Her work has enabled many girls to access education when they may otherwise have faced a much less positive future. Her vision is not to work alone but in collaboration with all those who also share her vision for girls to be free from harmful traditional practices and to enable them to reach their full potential. It is an inspiration to watch all that the PCF, through Sayydah’s leadership, has achieved in such a short time. Well done Sayydah, I wholeheartedly agree you are definitely a woman of action!

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