BE THE CHANGE
Can you find a greater violation of the feminine and equality?
WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE
FGM. Child brides. No female education. Loss of hope. Injustice.
A vicious cycle ensues that keeps females down — and men down with them. It holds back her nation and the world.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
Apologue has partnered with The Hiari Project to fund the high school education of girls in Maasai Villages.
In exchange, the girl is spared FGM and child marriage.
WHAT IS FGM?
FGM stands for Female Genital Mutilation. It is rooted in gender inequality, attempts to control women’s sexuality, and mistaken ideas about what purity, modesty, and beauty really mean. Poverty, tradition, and ignorance play a large part.
FGM is done with crude tools and no anesthesia. Adverse health effects are many, often quite serious. There are no known health benefits.
DID YOU KNOW?
At least 200 million girls and women alive today, living in 30 countries, have undergone FGM. Although the practice is illegal in the US and in many other countries, parents still find a way to take their daughters to undergo this traumatic and painful procedure. In these countries, the occurrence is not reported, so accurate statistics can be elusive.
WHY WE DO IT
a) Because research has proven that the fastest way to help all humanity is to uplift girls and women. b) To stop this terrible cycle . . .
These girls are desperately looking for help and a way out. They are often wed to older men who can afford the dowry. Their childhood and education ends. They will work hard and have little, if any human rights for the rest of their lives.
Their families are struggling to provide for them. They can’t afford to pay for their schooling. So, if the girl undergoes the customary FGM, a prerequisite for a humble marriage, the parents will get a small dowry. This spares the parents from feeding her and helps them in their struggle to feed the other children and themselves.
THE MISSION OF THE HIARI PROJECT
In Kiswahili “Hiari” translates into the ‘option to choose’. The Hiari Project gives the Maasai girls living in impoverished areas the option of an education, vs. FGM, and child marriage.
Through sponsorships and donations Hiari funds and oversees their school career and their safety. Every cent goes directly to support the girl. Not a penny given goes to overhead, which is funded through separate means.
By sending the girl to school, her family is willing to forgo FGM and child marriage. She becomes a more valuable wife, bringing a higher dowry to the family. By the time she leaves school she’ll be an educated adult, able to make her own decisions for her body and marriage. . . and more.
THE WOMAN BEHIND THE HIARI PROJECT
One woman, a photojournalist and location scout for the film industry found herself in Kenya. There she saw the great need of the local people.
With heart and eyes open she watched, consulted with the them, and was moved to be the change. She started small with what she could personally afford, and so it went as she traveled on.
Christine “Buzz” Busby has had the humility to listen, the compassion to care, and the commitment and courage to serve.
Apologue could not be happier to help. Thank you, Buzz.
Your Inner Beauty is uplifting.
Want to be the change?
Purchase Apologue Intuitive Perfumes and visit The Hiari Project at https://thehiariproject.org/
Learn more about individual girls, their hopes, dreams, and challenges. Choose who you want to help.