Letters: Andrew and Sue Willis, August 5, 2016

King' Lynn Soroptomists: Patrick Ngigi receiving the cheque from Past President Andrea Pearson ANL-160720-091014001

King' Lynn Soroptomists: Patrick Ngigi receiving the cheque from Past President Andrea Pearson ANL-160720-091014001

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Following publication of the picture of Patrick Ngigi recieving his cheque, we are writing to give readers more information, as at the time we were hosting his visit to Norfolk.

When girls reach puberty in tribal culture they have little choice and are often forcably married off and/or subjected to FGM. The bright and brave girls often make the decision to run, often in the night and with sometimes only a sheet to cover them.

These are the girls who end up at Mission with a Vision. They are firstly cared for and fed. Then they attend schooling with sponsors’ help, perhaps to university level. They perform most of the housekeeping and also growing food on a five acre smallholding, including pigs, chickens, a fish pond and two Freisian-type milk cows . These are stall fed on fodder grown by the girls.

Currently over 60 girls are at the safe house whilst they are educated and mediation takes place with parents and tribal elders for their future.These efforts mean money and physical farmwork is needed just to operate on a daily basis. The expenses of education are covered by individual pledges and donations. However to improve their infrastructure Patrick’s aim is to raise enough money to buy a second-hand tractor. This will enable him to rent 30 acres to grow fooder for more cows to supply a viable local demand for fresh milk, and thus achieve near self sufficiency in food. Of all the girls who have had the chance of education many achieve great things, becoming teachers, nurses, working in hotels and the tourist industry. One of the girls is now in her final year of study to become a lawyer. We urge all who read this to visit the website of Mission With a Vision organisation, preferably to give a donation (a nice big one).

Andrew and Sue Willis, Lynn Communications