The AIC Kajiado Girls School is located just south of Nairobi on the way to the Tanzania Border.
It has about 700 students, mostly from the Maasai community as this is their land. Of the 700 girls that attend the school, there is a special program… the “Bride Rescue Program” that currently has about 100 students in attendance. This special program was designed in 1986 to rescue young girls from harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (circumcision) and early marriage. The girls make their own choice of leaving their families and villages and make their way to this incredible school to get an education and respite from early forced marriage. Early forced marriages are quite common as the fathers of these girls decide they would be better off being someone’s wife in exchange for some cows and money for her dowry.
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