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Pastoralist Child Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Health, Philanthropy

Mission: Pastoralist Child Foundation works to eradicate FGM (female genital mutilation) and forced early marriages of girls in Samburu and Maasai Mara, Kenya. We sponsor girls' education at the primary and secondary levels, as well as provide educational workshops for all members of the community.

Results: In 2015, Pastoralist Child Foundation provided 4 day workshops for a total of 200 girls during school holidays. We have also sponsored 5 girls to receive full scholarships to attend private secondary boarding schools. Pastoralist Child Foundation visits primary schools to educate about FGM, forced early marriage, teen pregnancy and HIV/AIDS. We also distribute reusable/washable sanitary napkins so that girls don't miss school days during their periods. We partner with other local nonprofits/NGOs and grassroots organizations to provide educational workshops for members of the local communities to raise awareness about FGM, forced early marriage, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, the female reproductive system and avoiding gender-based violence against girls and women.

Target demographics: eradicate harmful tribal practices that harm girls and prevent them from attending school

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 girls attended educational workshops as a Rite of Passage to replace Female Genital Mutilation (FGM); 5 students receive full annual educational scholarships to attend private secondary boarding schools.

Geographic areas served: Samburu County, Kenya

Programs: sponsoring girls' education at the primary and secondary levels; mobilization and sensitization workshops for all community members to help them understand the importance of girls' education, HIV/AIDS prevention, teen pregnancy, child rights, female reproductive system, self-awareness, self-confidence

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Jim-Robin M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I appreciate this organization that not only protects and educates young women and men, but it also networks with other organizations to facilitate their mission. We've experienced it first hand. Thanks for your hard work and sacrifices! Robin and Jim MacKenzie, Michigan

4 Michele98

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sayydah Garrett and Samuel Siriria Leadismo are doing an amazing job! Not only are they helping individual girls rise above oppressive tribal practices against women, they are also educating entire communities and promoting positive change. By doing this they are improving the overall health of these communities and allowing each to become self-sufficient. This can only happen if girls/women actively participate in their respective communities by being educated and not victims of abuse.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Run by Sayydah Garrett and Samuel Siriria Leadismo, Pastoralist Child Foundation is a streamlined and efficient grass roots organization, making a direct and tangible daily impact on communities in Kenya. With their vision of educating girls and eradicating the outdated ancient rituals of FGM and forced early marriage, they are introducing a new, positive way of life to their own community and opening up life-altering opportunities for girls. Working from within, through community education and Siriria Leadismo's influence as a Samburu warrior, Pastoralist Child has made a profound impact in a short time. I'm excited to see where they'll be in 5 years, as the effects of their feet-on-the-ground work spreads.

4 valmmaka

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When it's about NGO's I admit I ask myself several questions, also because having worked with several NGos I've stumbled upon some weird situations, but exceptions are always there and I believe they should be praised and encouraged to do more and better. Pastoralist Child Foundation is an exception. As a grassroot organization it works form the ground with excellent people like Sayyddah Garrett and Samuel Leadismo who are guiding a team of volunteers and professionals to do their best in educating and empowering young girls in Samburu County with a special program to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation.

4 Julie228

Donor

Rating: 5

Love the good work Sayydah and Samuel are doing. Thank you.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

This is such a worthy cause. Bringing awareness to the world of girls' and women's worth is most important part of progress on this planet. Brava/o to all involved.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I see the difference they are making in the lives of women and girls who have felt voiceless and powerless. The world needs more examples of compassionate right action.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched this organization grow in amazing ways since it was founded 3 years ago. I can honestly say it is run with complete transparency and utmost integrity. The girls and communities that are being helped will surely continue to improve thanks to the dedication of the staff and volunteers. I wholeheartedly recommend the financial support of Pastoralist Child Foundation.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organisation is one with good values. The have grown fast and keep on doing great things for the comunities. I defenetly recommand them, and Will even be a volunteer for them. They really make a difference! Bravo

3 Mel_4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mrs. Garrett is a dedicated founder to this foundation! Also supercedes the organizations' mission!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is wonderful. I am so very grateful for the work they do for girls and women. I will continue to be a donor.

4 Andrew84

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PCF is a genuine grass-roots charity working in Kenya. Despite limited financial resources the work they do to provide education on Female Genital Mutilation contributes greatly to saving the lives (and health) of rural girls.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Pastoralist Child Foundation is doing a fabulous job in providing the necessary tools that girls and their communities need to move forward. I especially appreciate the focus on formal education and the alignment with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, working towards the education of every child by the year 2015. The students sponsored by Pastoralist Child Foundation are fortunate to have the chance to attend excellent boarding schools. I'm very satisfied that my financial contributions are making a positive impact and highly recommend others to donate as well.





3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I fully support the noble work of this nonprofit and highly recommend it as an organization worthy of financial support for its programs. Kudos to the staff, mentors and volunteers assisting girls who would otherwise not have the chance to fulfill their dreams.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have met some of the wonderful people who run this organisation They deserve all the financial help they can get because the good they are doing is just amazing. Both the Samburu people and the inhabitants of the Maasai Mara have been helped immeasurably by their efforts. Just a little bit every month from all of us goes a very long way in supporting this worthy cause.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

This great nonprofit is less than 2 years old and I’m very impressed with the impact its programs have had so far in the communities it serves. I’m also comforted to know that my donations go directly towards programs that improve the lives of girls who deserve a better life. The monthly newsletters always have positive and impressive news, and pictures of the good work Pastoralist Child Foundation is doing. This nonprofit is a true blessing to the people in rural Kenya because the staff, board, mentors, volunteers and expert workshop facilitators are truly dedicated and caring. I will always financially support this wonderful organization. Thanks for all you do!

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fabulous organization! It's amazing that in 2014 practices such as FGM are happening. I commend this organization for taking a stand and supporting these young girls so they can have a chance to a more fulfilling life.

3 Lisa385

Advisor

Rating: 5

I’ve known Sayydah Garret both personally for over 15 years and now, as Samburu cultural adviser for her organization, the Pastoralist Child Foundation (PCF). It is my honor to unreservedly support the PCF mission dedicated to eradicating the insidious harmful traditional practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) that maims 130 million girls worldwide. This is the organization Sayydah was born to lead. The velocity and efficacy of her accomplishments is nothing short of staggering. I know of no other woman who has nearly single handedly improved the health and welfare of school age girls with such grace, grit, and grounded solutions including education and safe alternative rites of passage.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Founder, Sayydah Garrett is a dear friend that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for many years. She has been a business advisor to me and we’ve always shared a passion for empowering women. Her business acumen, leadership, honesty and compassion for others has created positive change in the lives of many.

Upon her return from a Safari in Africa, she shared with me that she decided to create a non-profit that would educate and teach girls about FGM in the villages of Africa. Once hearing her vision and with a small investment, I’m now sponsoring a girl’s education!! I feel wonderful knowing that I’m making a difference.

I’m very proud of Sayydah and sincerely honored to be a Board Member of the Pastorialist Child Foundation.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm very pleased with this organization. The staff and volunteers are truly dedicated and work so hard to educate girls through workshops, camps and school sponsorships. The leadership is strong and trustworthy. Congratulations to everyone at Pastoralist Child Foundation for tackling important issues that affect so many girls who want and deserve better lives.