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Sr. Ephiginia

Sister Ephiginia Gachiri - Stop FGM - Termination of Female Genital Mutilation Project
Termination of Female Genital Mutilation (TFGM) was started by Dr. Sister Ephigenia, Ph.D, in Murang’a Catholic Diocese in 1999. The project covered four districts in Central Province of Kenya within the first four years. By 2008, the program expanded; covering an additional 8 districts in the Rift Valley Province. The project covers major areas of the Rift Valley and Central Province where the practise of FGM has taken root.

About the Project

Termination of Female Genital Mutilation (TFGM) is a project of Loreto Sisters. It was begun by Dr. Sr. Ephigenia Gachiri, Ph.D, in 1998. We find individual families or rescue homes for those at risk of FGM. We give encouragement and are in the process of creating a psychological module for FGM survivors and their families. We have in place a one week spiritual seminar for FGM survivors. We give two hours healing sessions for FGM survivors during on-going, two-day FGM awareness seminars.

The Loreto community continue to support this programme as evidenced by the donations and individual commitment of its members to the project.

Loreto Sisters

The Loreto Sisters are an International Group of Catholic Sisters with a strong presence in 29 countries all over the world. It has a 400-year history since inception, and has been inKenya since 1921. Its headquarters are in Rome but locally, it has a Province Leader and Consultants. Its constitution defines it as religious group of women.

The Loreto Sisters structure is based on catholic tradition of religious congregations.

It is certified by the United Nationas as an NGO.

What is FGM

Female Genital Mutilation, according to WHO, refers to “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons“.

FGM is not only traumatic but highly dangerous and often leads to life-long pain and suffering, or even death, for girls who are subjected to the procedure.

Opposition to FGM focuses on the following:

  1. Human rights violations
  2. Lack of informed consent
  3. Health risks including fatal haemorrhaging, epidermoid cysts, recurrent urinary and vaginal infections, chronic pain, and obstetrical complications.