SAFE Samburu have experienced fierce opposition whilst carrying out their FGM/C programme, despite this, they have made considerable progress in their short time of operation. S.A.F.E. is the first organisation to successfully open a dialogue on FGM/C in Westgate Conservancy and have secured the backing of high profile community leaders.
On Stage: The FGM/C abandonment performance consists of two groups of singers, one representing the traditionalists who are in favour of preserving FGM/C and the other are progressives who want to abandon it. The two groups sing to each other, relaying their arguments and one by one, the traditionalists begin to join the side of the progressives. In the end, the remaining traditionalists decide to at least discuss the issue.
Off Stage: Focusing on all levels of Samburu society, the team carry out workshops, with the elders, women, Morans and non-schooled youth. Workshops are divided according to gender and age set, this allows the participants to be open and honest in their discussions. SAFE Samburu also engage with school children through school health clubs, the educated youth have a significant voice in the community and are essential to the campaign.
SAFE Samburu outreach officers carry out one on one interventions to allow for deeper conversations about all aspects of FGM/C. They provide individual support to families who have daughters approaching cutting age, with the aim of persuading the family to choose the Alternate Rite of Passage (ARP), not circumcision.