"My brother was getting married and where I live it is part of our culture to give dowery to the family of your "wife-to-be". He had nothing to give them so I became the "dowery" I was only 7 years old"
"I have six siblings and my mother is a widow. I was only 5 when my family made the decision to circumcise (FGM) me and had already paid the dowry
to by husband-to-be."
"My father passed away and my mother re-married. She no longer wanted me so left me with my grandmother.
My grandmother had nothing - so marriage was the only option. I was 8 years old."
"I was 8 years old when I was circumcised (FGM) and then married to a man in his 60's.
At night he would try to have intercourse with me, but I was too small so he would use a stick to try to make me bigger.
When I could I would run away so he would tie me to trees and posts at night if he was not around so I could not leave."
"I was to be married off to a 58 year old man in Tanzania. On the day of my wedding I started screaming and a passer-by picked put me on their motorbike and took me to safety then contacted the chief.
I feel rejected by my father, mother and older brothers for accepting the 58 year old man to marry me.
Because of the Olmalaika Home I am now getting my education in September 2015."
"When I came to the Olmalaika Home a few years ago, I was being married to a 32 year old man - the police showed up and interrupted the ceremony, arrested her father and took me to the children’s office in Narok.
The officer contacted Mum Kim at the home and now I am going to school."
"I am an orphan.
My father passed away when I was quite young and my mother died several years ago.
As was our custom they laid my mother out for wild animals to eat, but after three days and no wild animals came, so they hired two men to dig a very shallow grave where they put her.
My grandmother struggled to take care of me, so I came to live at
THE OLMALAIKA HOME."
I was raised in Kenya - and when I was around 7 years old
we were walking in the hills around Kilgoris.
We came upon a boma (a group of Maasai homes) where
a "celebration" was going on. They ladies took my hand
and lead me into the center of the activities. I was
separated from my family for almost an hour and when
they brought me back, they had painted my face like all
the other young girls
We had unknowingly stepped into the "celebration" of a circumcision (female genital mutilation). My life has now come full circle- kim