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THE charity One Woman At A Time was set up by midwife Jean Anderson, who was horrified by the stories of FGM she heard after visiting Africa.

The organisation sponsors girls in Africa, India and the UK who are at risk of FGM and helps them to get an education.

Jean, from Lancashire, said: "It costs just PS270 a year to sponsor a girl and save her from being cut."

The charity has already helped countless girls, including Brenda Chepmal from Kenya, who was sold into marriage with a 65-yearold man when she was just 13.

Brenda ran away to avoid FGM, but was found and beaten by her new in-laws.

She eventually escaped again and is now continuing with her education under One Woman At A Time sponsorship.

Brenda said: "I want to be a lawyer. I'm determined to come back and help my family and community to fight for justice for other girls."

Another women helped by the charity is Christine Chebet, 24, also from Kenya, who had FGM during childbirth. Christine's son was taken from her after she complained about her mutilation to a local doctor.

She is now training to be a teacher, and said: "Through fighting FGM I lost my son and my marital home but I finally feel like I have a future."

For more information on the charity and to back it or donate, visit onewoman


HELPED: FGM victim Brenda

CRUSADER: Jean with Christine

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Feb 10, 2019
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