How will your sponsorship help?

The best way for you to help save a girl from female genital mutilation (FGM) is through sponsorship. As a result of donations received, the Desert Flower Foundation (DFF) enters into a contract with the parents. This contract ensures the integrity of an endangered girl and enables the girls to attend school.

 

What is included in the contract?   4 crucial elements in the fight against FGM.

  • Family

  • Education

  • Health

  • Sustainability

Family

The Desert Flower Foundation supports not only sponsored girls but also their families: The parents get a monthly payment in order to pay for food, water and eletricity. This directly rewards the family as a whole as long as they guarantee not to cut their child. In doing so the parent’s and wider family’s mind-set is challenged and their acceptance of cultural change and protection of children and the environment reinforced. This plays a vital role in altering the community’s cultural code towards their need to having young girls cut.

Education

The girls have the opportunity to go to school. Usually the school attendance fails, because the parents cannot afford to buy schoolbooks for their children or the girls do not have a suitable school uniform. Through your sponsorship we ensure that the girls receive school and exercise books, writing materials and school clothes through donations received. The point of education is vital to ensure the girls receive the chance for a self- determined and happy life and can additionally tackle the issue within their family of the forced marriage issue as well. The contract ensures that the girls won't marry until they finish their education, which reduces the risk of foreced marriages.
An educated girl becomes a self-determined woman!

Health

The primary aim is to ensure that the girls do not suffer FGM and will consequently be free from life- threatening health issues that currently millions of young girls and women endure. Our locally appointed resident doctor ensures regular health checks take place and that no sign of FGM has been performed on the girl. Additionally, the girls are inoculated against the risk of serious disease and medicine provided in cases where sickness occurs.

Sustainability

Your sponsorship is vital, not only by preventing girls from suffering FGM through our “Save a Little Desert Flower” program but also in sustaining our long term campaign of re-educating the families who practice FGM. Family and cultural values will be changed gradually. Girls and their families, where FGM is no longer practiced, will become role models for others.

We are sure that through your help our ongoing “Save a Little Desert Flower“ campaign will help eradicate this barbaric human rights violation of young girls and women.

Thank you for your support.

Undertake a Sponsorship

"The reason I give is simple. I give because those girls deserve the world. And the world deserves those girls." -Lauren A, a sponsor

The Desert Flower Foundation is now working very successfully against FGM. However, we still need a lot more friends and helpers who will undertake more sponsorships. See the call of Waris Dirie and support us.

Become a sponsor

How many girls can we save from FGM?
It depends on you. “Save a Little Desert Flower“ and become a sponsor.

FAQ

How do we select each "little Desert Flower" girl?

Local ‘on the ground’ employees of the Desert Flower Foundation meet with families and present the sponsorship program. The content of the contract is explained to the parents. By signing it the parents commit to ensuring the physical integrity of each girl sponsored and whom are checked regularly by our paediatrician. Furthermore, the girls have to attend school. In exchange, the Desert Flower Foundation supports the families with regular food supply, educational tools and free medical services.

What does the contract include?

By signing the contract the parents commit to ensuring the physical integrity of each girl sponsored and whom are checked regularly by our paediatrician. Furthermore, the girls have to attend school. In exchange, the Desert Flower Foundation supports the families with regular food supply, educational tools and free medical services.

- No FGM
- 4x/year school attendance check
- 2x/year health check incl. FGM check
- Payment delivery by the local Desert Flower Foundation

Can I choose my "little Desert Flower" girl?

The Desert Flower Foundation selects the appropriate family and girl to be sponsored which ensures first safety and secondly to meet the United Nations - Convention on the Rights of the Child. Therefore, our local employees choose the little girls in coordination with us.

Can I get in contact with my little desert flowert?

Yes, you can write letters. You can send letters and gifts to Ddesert Flower Foundation in Sierra Leone. You can also scan them and send them to patenschaften@desertflowerfoundation.org

What kind of information do I receive after sponsoring a "Little Desert Flower" girl?

If you sponsor a girl for a minimum of one year, you receive information about the project “Save a little Desert Flower” and your personal sponsorship certification with the name and picture of your little desert flower.

How can I be sure that my donation is used correctly?

All Desert Flower Foundation donation certificates issued are certified guaranteeing the lawful and appropriate utilization of funds received. The international Accountancy firm Ernst & Young audits us once a year to ensure all proceeds are correctly allocated.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes, all payments and donations to the Desert Flower Foundation are tax -deductible in various European Countries (e.g. Germany, Austria, United Kingdom and Switzerland).

What happens if I cancel my sponsorship?

The girl is temporarily supported by the Desert Flower Foundation through free donations until it receives a new sponsor.

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