21st - 28th June
Summer 2016 saw Cricket Without Boundaries and 28 Too Many return to Kenya for the second FGM-specific project. Working in partnership with the Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation, the week-long project was set to build on the work established in 2015 alongside the Maasai Cricket Warriors.
The team used the project to continue the refinement of the delivery of FGM messaging, particularly how to address such a potentially sensitive subject with large groups where the knowledge and understanding of the practice are often very mixed. While there were lots of students who keenly absorbed and engaged with the FGM messages, there were several sticking points – schools that refused the team entry, people who couldn’t see what was wrong with FGM. In some ways, this showed just how important the work of CWB and the MCWs is. The task in hand may not be easy, but it is important.
There were, however, plenty of promising signs on the back of past projects. Schools they returned too were proactively looking to educate parents on why their daughters should not be cut, and recognised the importance of supporting those girls in continuing their education. In several instances, this included taking them in as borders if they were at risk of FGM or early marriage, giving these girls a genuine alternative. Stories of girls who had been spared the cut, and the inspiration of students inspired by people like CWB’s new FGM specific ambassador Benjamen, show that slowly but surely, attitudes here are changing.
28 Too Many
Maasai Cricket Warriors
Benjamen Seko Olemamai