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Hope for children enslaved by ancient cultural practices

05 September 2012, 16:48 James Kabotia

More than 100 vulnerable children from Laikipia East, North and Central have benefited from free medical checkup and food stuffs sponsored by a Czech Republic citizen Jiri Pergl.

Mr. Pergl who is the President of One More Day for Children (OMDC) charity foundation has tried over the years against all odds in fighting for children rights in Kenya.

The President toured Laikipia and Samburu for the first time some years back as a tourist when he was touched by the way innocent Maasai girls suffer from ancient cultural practices which submit them to early marriages and female circumcision.

At that juncture, Pergl opted to form OMDC foundation jointly with Ms Hellen Gathogo who is now the Vice President of the organization.

The non-governmental foundation is now fully-fledged and has continually stretched its hands in fighting against these cultures and taking the young girls to school in order to protect them from morans who always scavenge for them.

Mr. Pergl has sought donations in his mother country in bid to advocate for the rescue process.

The children were happy lot as they enjoyed free medical checkup from the Nanyuki District Hospital.

According to Pergl, he could not sit back in his country and see innocent children starving due to adverse poverty, diseases and bonded by chains of ancient cultures.

“I really thank the Kenyan government for giving me this opportunity to help these little angels. OMDC works for the best interest of children and that’s why we established it here in Laikipia so as to safeguard our future Kenya”, said Pergl.

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