That and other incidents of human rights violations convinced St. Martin CSA to set up a community programme for peace and reconciliation. Inspiration was found in the work of ChemiChemi ya Ukweli (Fountain of Truth), an organization located in Nairobi and the international movement on active non-violence.
This programme is currently running a project on sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) where it aims at empowering girls and women to claim their rights and pursue their own goals. The project works with the communities to strengthen their capacities in addressing SGBV. CPPR employs a multisectoral approach and involves stakeholders from the health sector, police, judiciaries and local governments.
Moving forward and building on the experience of St. Martin CSA, CPPR will also be promoting and safeguarding children's rights to a new target area where the organization has not targeted in the past with a project dubbed "Dumisha Amani Project" meaning maintaining peace.
"I was brought up in a family of 6 (4 boys and 2 girls). We grew up knowing that women and girls must not speak or even stand up when speaking to men in whichever forum - whether at home nor in the community. No woman or girl is supposed to greet a man unless he initiates the greetings.
At school, my brothers monitored my every move and reported any ‘misbehavior’ to my parents with dire consequences. I thought this was love and care until later in life I learned differently. Like many girls, my voice was being suppressed. During one school holiday, I was invited to visit an aunt who lived across the ridge. At her place, I met 10 other girls, some known to me. That night we went through the cruel cut. We didn’t have a choice, neither a voice. We had been socialized to a culture of silence.
Three days later, I was married off to a 57 years old man as a third wife. This was the most painful and traumatic experience I have lived through. It had both short term and long term consequences that torture me to this date."
Matilda is today actively involved in organizing and facilitating community dialogues to stop female genital mutilation in her community.