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. Trained field officers 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.
Our evidence-based work is documented in this brief with the International Center for Research on Women.