What is Esther Kids Project?
Esther Kids project (EKP) is the way I express my passion and commitment to ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Female Genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision or female genital cutting, is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as "all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons"
UNICEF estimates that at least 125 million girls and women have experience FGM in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East. 500,000 women and girls living in Europe have undergone FGM and 180,000 girls are at risk of FGM. In the United Kingdom, it is estimated that over 100,000 women are living with the consequences of FGM and 60,000 girls are at risk (FORWARD 2013).
FGM is a harmful traditional practice with serious physical, health complications and pschological problems that endures for a life time without appropriaprate health, social and psychological support. Eradication this age old practice involves engaging all sector in a culturally sensitive way and I see education and psychological support as key in its prevention.
Through Esther Kids Project (EKP) I seek to provide a holistic and culturally sensitive approach to FGM at various levels, through bespoke specialist training programmes to young people, teachers, parents and community / faith leaders and and any individual or organistion interested in partnering with me. In this way I aim to raise awareness and change perceptions about risk and consequences, educate on professional’s responsibility and guidance and how to access support as well as psychological support to those affected. I believe that this will signficantly galvanised efforts towards eradicating FGM.
My journey in the campaign for eradication of FMG started over 20 years ago in my home country, Sierra Leone, West Africa, when I led a National Women’s Development organisation focusing on women's health and capacity building. Through culturally sensitive seminars/workshops and conferences to educate, open up dialogue with women, men, faith and community leaders and young people about this issue we suceeded in break the silence on FGM . This work was however brought to an abrupt end as a result of a long civil war. My passion was re-igniting some time ago and I been providing freelance consultations and workshops for young people in secondary schools, social workers and therapists in London.
As a qualified systemic and family therapist I trained to help people experiencing psychological difficulties and distress, a valuable skills required to support those who have been affected by the impact of FGM.
FGM education, Training and Presentations.
Our FGM service include education through Seminars/talks/workshops & presentations.
This is available to young people, teachers, professionals and therapists, faith and community groups, parents any interested groups. I provided consultation to social workers and training to young people in some London secondary schools. I also presented to Therapists at the AFT Conference in 2015 as well as to therapist in an East London borough.
Please contact me for initial conversation.
Psychological Support /Counselling
FGM result in harmful consequences including some psychological & mental health difficulties that require a culturally sensitive therapeutic support to those affected. Through therapy/counselling and an engaging relationship I provide a safe, non-judgemental and non-stigmatising space for those affected and their families to aid recovery and develop resilience to mitigate any psychological effects
What can I do about this?
Join the Campaign!!!
Make a referral
Contact ICHTHUSTS for a talk , workshop/ seminar in your church/school/ women, young people and community groups
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