This video captures the incredible work of LM4D's trained teams, as they work directly with young girls, mothers, fathers, community leaders, and government officials to prevent FGM and protect vulnerable girls.
Last Mile4D is a non-profit based in Washington, DC that designs and implements education and training programs with a focus on the health and safety of women and girls living in the most remote and underserved areas of the developing world known as the “Last Mile” communities. The name refers to communities disconnected from health and other infrastructure such as roads, running water or hospitals. LM4D develops health and safety solutions for women and girls living in oppressive environments in the Last Mile. We tailor our approach to the needs of each community. The philosophy that guides and motivates us is that access to health and safety is a fundamental human right regardless of where a woman or girl lives.
Using an integrated solar powered computer/tablet and online platform Vpack4Development (V4D) to eliminate FGM
V4D is a bundling of innovative technology that includes an online platform and a tablet in a solar powered backpack. In Kenya, LM4D used V4D and programming to help eliminate the practice of FGM. Initially, with financial support from Grand Challenges Canada, in Kuria, Kenya – in collaboration with ChildsLife Kenya, and GOCESO Women Network – we used V4D and educational modules to create awareness, train and conduct outreach with at-risk women and girls. Our trained teams used V4D and deployed these methods to identify girls at-risk for being cut – FGM – from ten schools, recorded their findings and put intervention in place to rescue the girls deemed at-risk of FGM. Our evidence-based work is documented in this brief with the International Center for Research on Women.
LM4D has already begun scaling up in Kenya from Kuria to West Pokot and is engaging more girls in both of these counties known as hotbeds of FGM. Your gift to LM4D will help us reach more girls and save them from the lifelong physical and emotional scars of FGM.
Supported by Grand Challenges Canada, LM4D used the Mobikit to address the rights of HIV+ women and their babies to health, nutrition, and economic opportunity. Our integrated technology solution of community engagement, population-responsive education combined with nutrition/urban gardens, and the use of Mobikit, in Kenya’s Kibera slum delivered health care to HIV+ women and their babies. LM4D worked closely and collaboratively with local community-based organizations such as ChildsLife Kenya. We plan to help hundreds more, and if you are searching for thoughtful gifts for a loved one or planning a year-end donation, please consider making a gift today to Last Mile4D.