"Msichana" Swahili word for girl, born on the principle that every life is precious; every girl deserves a fair start at life to realize her full potential from birth to adulthood.
Msichana Empowerment Kuria, a girls and Women-led and centered non-profit community-based organization in Kenya, founded in 2013 to address Ending Female Genital Mutilation by tackling its root causes, Consequences/impacts and empower all girls and women.
A vital aspect of this goal has been to create girl-focused interventions to tackle root causes sustained by Economic, Social & Cultural barriers and consequences as a result of FGM; Child Marriage, Child Pregnancies, Menstrual Health Rights, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, Poverty, Human Rights concerns and Gender Inequality.
Msichana Empowerment Kuria provides a haven, build capacity, and support girls' development in Kuria since its formation. We began as an informal mentorship space for adolescent girls in 2013 by a young woman Ms, Natalie Tingo, then 19 years old. She hoped to give girls a chance to have access to education; having been born and raised, she experienced first-hand the challenges of being a girl, growing up "uncut" in the community, and a survivor of SGBV. Later, recognizing a more profound need to reach out to more girls, women, and the community as a whole evolved into what it is today; a non-profit community-based organization serving more than 300,000 community members in different initiatives.
Over the years, Msichana Empowerment Kuria has invested in empowering girls & young women. To claim their rights, enabling equitable access to services, resources, and opportunities, facilitating greater access to Rights, healthcare, education & improved livelihoods for the most vulnerable girls & young women. We support creating a critical mass at the community committing to social transformation to end all forms of violence against girls its underpinning root causes & consequences.
Msichana Empowerment Kuria's interventions deliberately address norms, attitudes, laws, policies, and practices that affect girls' safety and wellbeing in general. Additionally, we foster consistent engagement with different actors to apply a holistic approach to girls' empowerment.
The mission of Msichana Empowerment Kuria is to utilize girl centered strategies to tackle socio-economic, cultural & environmental barriers to the development of girls
The vision healthy and safe communities for girls.
THEMATIC PROGRAMME/AREA OF FOCUS
We aim to achieve accelerated and sustained social change in our communities and beyond. To achieve this, we have been implementing girl-centred programmes under 5 Key Thematic areas.
Body and health rights
Girls' leadership and Education
Girls, young women & women socio-economic justice
Free legal aid and education