Next success story from our sponsorship project Save a Little Desert Flower. Although we have only been present in Guinea for a short time, we have already been able to save 200 girls there from the cruel ritual of female genital mutilation (FGM). All these girls are not only protected from FGM and forced marriage, but also receive a school education. This is a fixed part of the contract that we as the Desert Flower Foundation conclude with the parents or guardians.
After Djibouti and Sierra Leone, Guinea is the third country in Africa where we are involved with our aid programme. Why Guinea? 97 percent of girls and women between the ages of 15 and 49 are circumcised, almost every second girl up to the age of 14 is genitally mutilated. Although a ban on FGM has even been written into the Guinean constitution since 2000, prosecutions are very rare or even non-existent.
We are currently busy signing sponsorship contracts for many more girls. However, our first major success in Guinea was only made possible by your donations. Thank you for supporting the work and projects of the Desert Flower Foundation so generously.
Help us to save many more Desert Flowers from the terrible FGM ritual!