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Mission and Ministry
Jecinta Nairesea, 12, holds her 2-year-old daughter, Dorcus Nchorira, outside Trinity United Methodist Church in Gilgil, Kenya. The young mother was among those who attended the church’s youth camp in December. Jecinta, who was forced to marry at age 9, now attends Trinity Mission Girls High School. Photo by Faith Wanjiru, UM News.

Church in Kenya fights against female genital mutilation

Trinity United Methodist Church in Gilgil has created a new way of allowing girls to move ceremoniously from childhood to adulthood without undergoing the cut.
Local Church
A member of United Methodist Women learns to make cloth menstrual pads at the group’s annual gathering in Camphor Mission, Liberia. The women have launched a new program to make reusable sanitary pads locally, so that girls from rural areas don’t have to miss school during their menstrual cycles. Photo by Michael Boegley, The United Methodist Church in Liberia communications department.

UMW project helps rural girls stay in school

United Methodist Women in Liberia has launched a program to make reusable sanitary pads so that girls don’t have to miss school during their menstrual cycles.
Social Concerns
Helene Bataku (in orange dress), a member of Mwambangu United Methodist Church in Fizi, has learned to read and write at a new vocational center led by The United Methodist Church in Fizi, Congo. She said the center offers women new opportunities and a chance to catch up to their peers. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Church helps train marginalized women, youth

More than 100 women and 50 youth are receiving weekly training at a new vocational center that was built through a collaboration between The United Methodist Church in East Congo and the Congolese government.