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CHASING THE CUT Trailer

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

Your Button Badge for supporting victims of Female Genital Mutilation

Thank you for supporting my work to end Female Genital Mutilation in East Africa and supporting my campaign to film and produce ‘Chasing the Cut’, a documentary film about Female Genital Mutilation. I just added a new gift,  button badge that you can attach to your lapel to show support for victims of Female Genital Mutilation.

I have only 150 pieces, please grab yours ASAP. It’s now the new featured perk and  has a ‘featured perk’ label on top of the perk list. Visit my campaign page HERE  and select your button badge. Alternatively, use this URL to go my campaign page  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kata-ending-female-genital-mutilation

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I am very excited about this badge!

International Women’s Day Gifts

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.

Much love from East Africa,

We must STOP Female Genital Mutilation NOW

On February 5, 2014, four girls lay in deep pain in one of the cubicles at Mbale regional referral hospital’s inpatient wards. One of them, Penninah Chepuso, 17, managed to explain that their condition had greatly improved.“We’re much better now,” she said.

Chepuso and her colleagues Susan Nasiwa (18), Rebecca Nakiru (16) and Jacqueline Kilipa (18), all from Looro sub-county in Amudat district, had been brought to Mbale hospital for corrective surgeries on their private parts.

They are victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice in which the sexually sensitive clitoris and/or vaginal labia are cut off. Although FGM has been outlawed in Uganda since 2010, Kadama and Pokot communities in Karamoja’s Nakapiripirit and Amudat districts continue to secretly circumcise girls, a practice also carried out among the Sebei and Kenya’s Kalenjin people.

Girls between eight and fourteen years of age are cut – by elderly women often using unsterilized razor blades or knives –  to initiate them into womanhood and subsequent early marriages.

The girls go through harrowing experiences that include extensive bleeding, paralyzed legs and scars from the open injuries. They also risk contracting HIV/AIDS. At 12, Chepuso underwent the knife and suffered severe injuries, leaving scars that caused complications during the birth of her first baby two years later.

Unfortunately, her baby died during a difficult delivery that left her with torn vaginal muscles from the FGM scars. Since then she was always wet and smelly from passing urine uncontrollably. This fistula required corrective surgery to stop.

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There are as many as 300 girls in need of corrective surgery after undergoing FGM in May and August last year. It’s reported that some parents connive with relatives across the border to sneak their daughters into Kenya for circumcision. Resident also report  that young girls hide or run away from their homes for fear of undergoing FGM. This has greatly affected school attendance and performance. Local political leaders fear to publicly condemn the practice for fear of losing votes and in some cases they have helped offenders escape.

Please donate to my campaign to film and produce documentary to raise awareness on the dangers of FGM and stop it. Donate here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stop-female-genital-mutilation-kata-the-fgm-film

REFERRAL CONTEST AND GREAT PRIZES; GRAB ONE NOW

Referral prizes  for KATA (Cut) – a film to end Female Genital Mutilation. Grab one NOW

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.

COMPETITION DETAILS

  • 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.

Michael

(Please share my campaign (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kata-ending-female-genital-mutilation) with a friend and ask the to donate to my campaign today)