Voices of Hope event Sunday in Richland

Tri-City HeraldApril 5, 2013 

A Voices of Hope event is being held to raise awareness of the conditions of Maasai women in Kenya.

The event will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Shalom United Church of Christ, 505 McMurray St., Richland.

Rachael Tengbom, a native of the Maasai tribe who now lives in Kennewick, will speak at the event.

She has worked for several years trying to change the way girls and women are treated in Maasai culture through her nonprofit organization called Voices of Hope. In particular, the group is working to end the practice of female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, which involves young girls' genitals being altered or removed for no medical reason.

Tengbom also works with women in the community to educate them and provide them with marketable skills.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be an African boutique and all proceeds will go toward helping students.

For more information, go to voicesofhopeafrica.org.

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