When a girl is born in developing countries, she will not have equal opportunities with the boy child. She is considered to be an item that will be sold as soon as she can walk and do her house chores. Girls aged between 10 years to 14 years are sold as child brides. The family receives dowry or "bride price" which in most cases is such a small token for example a goat, calf or some other farm animal. With such a mindset, the family will never educate the girl because poverty has enabled them to think that because she will be sold as a bride, she is that man's burden. Hundreds of brilliant girls have been denied an equal chance to attend school. Most of them have to study "secretly" lest the family discovers they are planning to avoid early marriage.
The cultural rite of passage "female genital mutilation" has been killing hundreds of girls in developing countries. The World Health Organization has proved that 90 million of mutilated women are 10 years - 49 year old women and girls living in sub saharan Africa. In a place called Tigania Meru, this culture has become toxic because girls are actually mutilating themselves. The BBC documented a story of one of our girls called Pamela, she mutilated herself and bled to death in a very poor family. The parents were too poor to even afford a coffin so they dug a pit outside the house and buried her in her clothes. Peer pressure forces girls like Pamela to perform FGM on themselves, while some may survive, most die in the shadows. Statistically every 10 Seconds a girl is mutilated.
Low self esteem is a generational issue in these communities. When a woman is totally dependent on a man for economic survival, her daughter will never believe in the ability and potential she possess as a woman. Such is the case of Ms Julia, who lost her daughter to self genital mutilation. Her daughter Pamela could not believe that her mother could provide her with school fees even though she promised to find a way. Women in developing countries till the ground, plant food and harvest it to feed the world yet statistically they own only 1% of land in developing countries. These cultures do not allow women to own property.
Health Care & Spiritual Growth
Communities that oppress women disable the ability of the woman to be in touch with her reproductive health. When girls have been mutilated, they become sexually dysfunctional. Eventually, reproductive health conditions can go untreated for many months are often lead to death. When a child bride is married off, her reproductive parts have not fully formed therefore when she gives birth at a tender age in most cases at home since there is no hospital nearby, she develops a fistula condition which is caused by an obstetric injury. Such a girl is then cast out of the community due to the fact that there is a hole in her reproductive part that releases body wastes without her control. Such girls live alone in depression. Our program seeks to walk depressed and bitter victims of abuse through a process of forgiveness, healing and prayer based on the principles outlines in the word of God.