Hope provides 2 safe houses in Tanzania for girls who are desperately escaping Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Girls often arrive late at night and with just the clothes they have run away in. We provide them with safety, education and hope.

According to the United Nations, in the Mara region of Tanzania, 32% of women aged between 15 and 49 report having undergone FGM.

Hope for Girls and Women was founded by the Tanzanian activist Rhobi Samwelly in 2017. Rhobi’s personal experience of being forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child inspired her lifelong commitment to fight for the rights of girls and women. Our organisation runs two safe houses in the Butiama and Serengeti Districts of the Mara Region of Tanzania, which shelter and support those fleeing FGM, child marriage, and other forms of gender based violence. Read more here

We’re continually working on raising awareness locally and globally, whilst also raising funds for our safe houses which lack basic essentials.
Our Butiama safe house in Kiabakari village lacks tap water.


The WHO defines FGM as all “procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.”


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