As a survivor of female genital mutilation which happened when I was 6 years old, I can say with absolute confidence that the work done by CAGeM in New York City is critical to the city's success in preventing and prosecuting female genital mutilation in the five boroughs. My experience with CAGeM began during their last fundraiser, Restoring the Rose Walk-a-thon. I was looking for a way to get volunteer hours for community service. What I got in return was so much more than what I bargained for...I had the pleasure of working in the events department and helping plan the Fundraiser. After listening to other survivors like me, I became inspired to be more active in the organization. The passion, dedication, knowledge, and sensitivity of CAGeM staff really makes this organization stand out. Their impact cannot be overstated because they are giving survivors a unique opportunity of genital reconstructive surgery at no cost to the patient. I know that there is hope for the future with this kind of treatment and the success of their campaign to stop FGM.
My sister died at child birth due to complications from female genital mutilation in 2003. Since then I have tried to find a way to combat this horrible practice, so that no other family would have to go through what I have been through. I joined CAGeM and this year they are openning a hospital specifically to give free treatment and reconstructive surgery to victims of FGM. They are organizating a walk to raise awareness and money for shipping supplies to the hospital. Right here in Mali, I am also fundraising and am working with patients on the waiting list. Everyone is absolutely wonderful to work with, and they are so glad to be contributing to something that would help them and so many other women. The best part is that EVERY PENNY RAISED GOES STRAIGHT TO THE HOSPITAL. They are fully supported by volunteers and have no administrative costs. You can't get any better than that. Such a worthy cause and such a wonderful organization! Five stars!!
I helped out at one CAGeM event. The dedication of the other volunteers is both outstanding and inspiring. What drew me to the organization is its dedication to the idea that small things can make a big difference, and that non-profits can run best by minimizing administrative costs and maximizing program effectiveness. That instead of that cup of coffee, you can help a woman get to a treatment center hundreds of miles away without her having to walk several hours under the heat with a baby on her back before the break of dawn! Makes a world of difference. Keep doing what you're doing CAGeM!
I have done a lot of volunteer work throughout the years, but working with CAGeM has truly proven to be the most rewarding/wonderful experience I have ever had. This organization opened my eyes to such a horrendous practice that I was ill-informed about prior to joining forces with them. They have given me the tools to be a true advocate against FGM, and I am most grateful.