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Madison organizations helping Kenyan girls forced into child marriage

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Courtesy: Samburu Girls Foundation Courtesy: Samburu Girls Foundation
Michael Ford, Hip Hop Architecture; Lesley Sager, Merry Go Strong; Dr. Josephine Kulea, Samburu Girls Foundation Michael Ford, Hip Hop Architecture; Lesley Sager, Merry Go Strong; Dr. Josephine Kulea, Samburu Girls Foundation

MADISON (WKOW) -- A group of Madison professionals has come together to help young girls in Kenya.

The Samburu Girls Foundation rescues girls from child marriage and female genital mutilation. Some of the girls are as young as six years old. The SGF gives those girls an education. The organization is based in Kenya, but it's now getting help from people in Madison.

Lesley Sager with Merry Go Strong in Madison is working with Michael Ford, who runs the Hip Hop Architecture Camp. Ford's camp introduces underrepresented youth to architecture, urban planning and design. Sager thought if they worked together, they could help the Samburu Girls Foundation with their basic needs: water, food, shelter and education. 

Ford now has a new initiative called Hip Hop 4 Humanity that will help the SGF solve its water insecurities. Zero Mass Water will donate source panels to the project.

Also involved in the project is Studio 1032 and Dr. Jasmine Zapata, who talks publicly about empowering young women around the world.

The current project, "Step One: Water" is set to be completed by June 11 of this year. The other phases, including a kitchen, expanded shelter and educational programs, are dependent on funding.

That's why the groups are holding a fundraiser this Saturday, May 5 at the University Club. To get tickets, click here.

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