No to violence

Joyce, a Maasai girl, was spared from genital mutilation and
forced marriage. Now she is fighting for the rights of girls.

Joyce, a Maasai girl, was spared from genital mutilation and
forced marriage. Now she is fighting for the rights of girls.

Joyce learned at Sunday School that she had a right to say no to the cruel practice of genital mutilation. She was only ten years of age when she ran away from her home village. She had to escape across a dangerous savannah, walking for 70 km.

Joyce was accepted into a safe house for Masai girls in the town of Narok, where she settled and went to school with the support of a Fida sponsor.

Years later Joyce graduated as a community development professional from a university. Now she does advocacy work for girls to prevent genital mutilation and forced marriages in Masai villages.

”Fida saved me from these and I was also able to reconcile with my family and community. Many village chiefs have openly stated their support for the churches in their fight against mutilation”, Joyce rejoices.

What is Fida?

Fida is a Finnish faith-based mission, development and humanitarian aid organisation, belonging to the Finnish Pentecostal Church. We have a long-standing record as a Finnish civil society organisation in global development.

Fida’s official development work started in 1974. Our programme currently reaches 17 countries.

The operational framework of our global programme is guided by the Social Development Goals (Agenda 2030), Finnish Government Development Policy, Programme Support for Civil Society Organisations guidelines, EU development policy and operational countries’ Poverty Reduction Strategies.

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