In Kenya, 27% of women and girls undergo Female Genital Mutilation. Catholic sisters have played a significant role in changing the culture and helping girls who are running away from FGM and underage marriage. At Marie Adelaide Center in Enkang O’Selenken, women religious help Masai girls build different futures. Sister Caroline Kimani of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary describes her ministry and how a leadership course from the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) changed her perspective and helped her become a better leader for this ministry.
Confronting FGM in Kenya. Sr. Caroline Kimani describes how a leadership course from ASEC changed her perspective and helped her become a better leader for this ministry.
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"Very quietly you're impacting so many lives through this program."
"...and you're giving these wonderful, faithful women a chance to succeed, and in their own little corner of the world... feel empowered."
-Lisa Mazzarella, HESA Instructor & ASEC Donor