Watch the trailer to our film about Female Genital Mutilation
Also, please support our Indiegogo campaign to finish the film, end forced child marriages and offer girls and women with fistula free surgery to fix the fistula. We have only 9 day only, please donate to our campaign today through this link http://igg.me/at/chasingthecut/x/639146
We have only 19 hours left for our campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation. We wouldn’t have got here without your support and contributions. Thank you so much! Please donate and do us a favor and encourage at least 3 friends to donate too because we have to raise the remaining portion of the budget in the remaining 19 hours. Share with them the campaign link and encourage them to donate http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kata-ending-female-genital-mutilation
As the spotlight turns toward the world’s women on International Women’s Day (March 8th) and throughout the month of March, CHASING THE CUT is calling out to every one – both women AND men – to invest in ending Female Genital Mutilation and other forms of Violence Against Women. I have a couple of gifts for you for helping end Female Genital Mutilation. 1. A HANDWOVEN PURSE FROM UGANDA A handwoven purse made by women Kapchorwa, Eastern Uganda who work with children and women in FGM practicing communities and other disadvantaged groups. Go to our Female Genital Mutilation Campaign HERE and choose this gift. 2. HANDWOVEN BASKET FROM KENYA A handwoven straw and cloth basket made by survivors of FGM from Central Kenya, East Africa. Go to our Female Genital Mutilation Campaign HERE and choose this gift. 3.TRADITIONAL AFRICAN CLOTHING “African clothing” is internationally known because is its uniqueness, originality and great designs influenced by the people’s daily activities, food, climate and traditions. Traditional African cottons are made from natural organic fibers and are highly durable and often very colorful, comfortable and quite unique. I will send you a unique traditional Africa clothing from the communities that I will visit while filming. This is a great opportunity to have this wonderful clothing shipped to your address. Go to our Female Genital Mutilation Campaign HERE and choose this gift.
Also, please remember to share our campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation with your friends.
I am excited to announce the first of the referral competitions.
Thank you for your incredible support and helping me reach out to the first funder. I am now rolling out a number of fantastic referral prizes in the coming days as we push for the fundraising goal and grow our efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation.
The first referral competition runs from today Friday February 21, 2014 until Monday February 24, 2014 19:00 GMT.
The top referrers will be ranked based on people that they have referred to my campaign and the total level of contribution from those referrals.
To start referring, share the campaign link (below the video on KATA’s Indiegogo home page) and get your network to contribute. Make sure you use that link to track your referrals.
I will publish a regular board on the campaign update page
– 1st prize for the top referrer is a beautiful African art piece perfect for your living room this summer.
– 2nd place gets a signed handed written letter, a pair of African earrings if female or a bark cloth wallet if male.
– I will send a thank you note on the campaign’s update section for the first 10 referrers
– Anyone worldwide can participate
Thank you everyone for your fantastic support.
You only have a few days, so get referring now and win of these great prizes and keep watching of other great prizes to come on Tuesday February 25, 2014.
Without safe water in their homes, girls and women spend between 30 minutes to 60 minutes, drop girls dropout of school, families are hit by frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as cholera and dysentery because of sharing open water sources with animals, many women and girls become victims of physical attack and sexual violence as they travel long distances to collect water. In this video, our December 2013 beneficiary shares her story. Join us and lets raise funds to provide safe water to women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Join our campaign here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/celebrate-water-give-a-gift-that-overflows
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For the last 5 years, we have been providing sustainable housing solutions and safe water to women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Without safe water in their homes, many women and girls become victims of physical attack and sexual violence as they walk long distances to collect water; families are hit by frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as cholera and dysentery because of sharing open water sources with animals; and girls dropout of school as they spend, on average, between 30 minutes to 90 minutes walking to look for water.
We are working to end this by providing safe water to families affected by HIV/AIDS. Women and girls are the main providers of household water supply and sanitation in Uganda, and also have the primary responsibility for maintaining a clean home environment. The lack of access to safe water and sanitation facilities therefore affects women and girls most acutely. This a situation we all need to end so that women can live healthier lives. Your donation will help us provide hundreds of women and children with clean and safe water in their homes.
23 children are reported to have died of malaria, typhoid and malnutrition in the neighboring Rakai district. There are 4265 immigrants with over 500 children at Sango bay camp who were resettled there by Uganda government in August this year following their expulsion from Tanzania. Leaders in the camp say many children are succumbing to various illnesses as a result of consuming contaminated water from Lukoma valley dam because they have no other option and they have do not received any medical and food supplies. It has been reported that many patients are now stranded without drugs, lack clean water, food and mosquito nets. Local leaders are worried about a looming cholera outbreak because of poor human waste disposal.
The burden of fetching drinking water from outdoor sources falls disproportionately on girls and women. A context Analysis of Lyantonde District in June 2013, shows that in almost 91.2% of households without a drinking water source in a distance of less than one kilometer, it is women and girls who collect water. Time taken collecting water is between 30 minutes to 90 minutes which considerably reduces the time women and girls have available for other activities such as childcare, income generation and school attendance.
Education: Girls often have to walk long distances to fetch water in the early morning. After such an arduous chore, they may arrive late and tired at school. Being ‘needed at home’ is a major reason why children, especially girls from poor families, drop out of school. Providing water closer to homes increases girls’ free time and boosts their school attendance.
HIV and AIDS: The absence of clean water and sanitation also increases the risk of opportunistic infections and diarrhea diseases among people living with HIV and AIDS. In Uganda, HIV prevalence rate is estimated to be at 8.3 percent in women and girls. Women and girls are also the caregivers of chronically sick family members. With better access to water and sanitation facilities, the burden on households caring for AIDS-affected members is reduced.
Rape and abuse: Without access to water, many women and girls become victims of physical attack and sexual violence as they travel long distances to collect water. Women and girls move long distance through to and from water sources making them victims of ‘roadside’ attacks, bullying ,rape and attacks from roadside predators like snakes. Join our campaign to end this and lets promote women and children health together. Join us here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/celebrate-water-with-a-gift-that-overflows