Micontrap-Kenya takes part at Kegonga, Kuria East meting to form committee on children rights
October 24, 2014
The Saibai location chief in Kegonga, Kuria East has been attacked by rowdy youths preparing for the forthcoming circumcision ceremony.
A group of 11 boys are said to have attacked Kerario Joseph and also tacked a nearby family where they raped a 60 years old woman all night long, in a case of negative effects of the vice.
During a meeting to form the area AAC which was attended by Migori Community Traditional Negative Practice Mitigation Organisation (Micontrap-Kenya) and other stakeholders said the vices has been high because of deep rooted negative culture.
“We are concerned because of the unruly behavior which will negatively affect the outcome of the national examinations,” joseph Matiko, area education officer said.
Thomas Wamalwa, the Kuria East sub-county commissioner said his office has received several concerns by activists against FGM being harassed after suspects are jailed.
“We will not6 tolerate any incident where those arrested are threating to attack activists as it has been reported. We will ensure judiciary activity move on smoothly,” he said.
Micontrap-Kenya was represented by our project coordinator Jane Boke who said between 2003-2008 cases of FGM has decreased by over 4 per cent.
She reported of weak coordination of work on activist on the ground, inadequate resources and deep rooted cultural practices as some of hindrance to end the vice.
Jeffrey Mogaka, Kuria East MOH also said he will follow up on complains that P3 forms, major legal paper used to curb sexual violence cases, was being sold at Sh6,000 inn Ntimaru area despite them been offered freely.
The meeting was also attended by Solomon Maisori (World Vision) among other officials from ADRA-Kenya, Aphia Plus and ECWA.
Micontrap-Kenya pays courtesy call to Kegonga Sub-county offices
July 7, 2014
Micontrap-Kenya paid a courtesy call to three offices in Kegonga area, Kuria East sub-county dealing with cases of Female Genital Mutilation and end of Gender Based Violence.
The staff visited two government offices: Office of Planning and Gender, and area Sub-county commissioner and one faith based organization Komotobo Maranatha Faith Assembly.
Those present included:
Mathias Mwita (DSGO)
Mark Okeyo (CEO Micontrap-Kenya)
Jane Boke (Field Coordinator Kuria)
Laban Okiri (Intern)
George Alambo (Consultant)
Victor Angawa (Team Consultant)

Area social and gender officer Mathias Mwita who received the team said the office has formed a gender technical committee which has helped strengthen work to end FGM and GBV through civil society and government departments.
“We formed an alternative way of rite but it failed as girls who passed through it ended up being circumcised,” Mwita said.
Following the three meetings, Micontrap-Kenya agreed to target more women in reproductive age and develop better tools to end retrogressive culture.
 
Micontrap-Kenya meets Masaba opinion leaders to educate them about new anti-FGM bill
Opinion leaders and government officers brought across sectors from Masaba division, Kuria West held a consultative meeting at local divisional offices to drum up support for anti-FGM law.
Over 120 locals attended the meeting organised by Micontrap-Kenya on July 26, 2011.
According to the law, any person who performs female genital mutilation on another person commits a crime which include six months in jail or a Sh50,000 fine or both.
In the process, if a victim of FGM dies the suspect risk life imprisonment.
The law also finds culpable suspects found with items used for FGM, fails to report a case or used derogatory language against those against the vice.
“We are entitle to take maximum measure within our reach to follow through this law and will ensure we arrest all suspects,” Johnson Murimi, assistant chief of Nyamagagana sub-location said.
 
Micontrap-Kenya reviews her projects for 2011
May 19, 2012.
On the onset of the year 2012, MICONTRAP-Kenya conducted a review of the activities it had performed in 2011, with this aimed at improving the approaches the organization used in advocating against FGM in the project targeted areas. 
In the workshop that took place in Keiyan, Trans Mara, it emerged that very many girls escaped the cut as some sought refuge at anti-FGM rescue centers while few others remained at home with their parents.  
It also emerged that stringent laws and very strong advocacy against the vice led to traditional communicators, who were the strong force behind pushing for FGM giving up.
Additionally, “With time, the ratios of people/families that are opposed to FGM practice have grown sizeably,” Titus Orwa the project co-coordinator said.  
After thorough discussion and brainstorming, the workshop that brought together 24 members resolved to include parents and girls who were against FGM to form anti FGM club groups. 
This was so as to get new ideas from all stakeholders and subsequently form an anti FGM strategy that would shape the society to the right direction.

Workshop on Children, Sexual Offences and FGM Acts in Kehancha
Micontrap-Kenya carried a one day successful workshop at Sunrise Hotel in Kehancha town  to help in curbing negative cultural practices among the Kuria community.
The meeting organised on May 19-22, 2011 brought together 55 participants from government ministries, civil society and opinion shapers from youth and women groups.
The participants were trained on Children Act, Sexual Offences Act and FGM Act,
“Time for networking and linkages, including emerging issues of FGM in the area helped in achieving the target of ensuring negative cultural practices are eradicated in the area,” the organisation said in the report.
Micontrap-Kenya was able to document its activities in the Kuria area and saw there is need for more similar meetings, Titus Orwa the Project Coordinator said.