Health and Water Foundation

HWF's mission is to promote and provide school sanitation, water and better health to the rural poor. The overreaching goal of the HWF's programs in health, education, water and sanitation is to promote gender equality and empower women through the elimination of gender disparity in primary education so that children, especially the girls can grow healthy, get educated and equally contribute to Kenya's development.
Apr 30, 2014

We are adolescent and happy!

Halo Partners,


It’s once again a pleasure to update you on the progress of our project. I last submitted on January 2014 to you our report titled ' A girls freedom to go to school' in which we targeted 3 primary schools in rural Nyamira county where we provided training to 20 adolescent girls on sexual maturity and personal hygiene, on top of which we provided the entire adolescent girls in the schools with 4 packets of sanitary towels that are enough to last them each for 4 consecutive months. The sanitary towels we distributed are still in use and have tremendously increased the attendance of girls in these schools, the schools have recorded on average 44% increase in attendance and retention among adolescent girls experiencing menstruation period. Your help has made it easy and provided freedom for these girls to attend school during their menstruation cycle. Girls who were initially stigmatized, full of shame and used leaves, sand and worn clothes as their sanitary pads can now use safe sanitary towels, freely go to school every day without shame. The girls are a happy lot.


For these past three months we have continued training the girls from the 3 schools we are targeting on sexual maturity and hygiene sanitation. These schools in rural areas are Kiangoso, Kebobora and Nyangorora primary schools. In Kenya especially in rural areas, tradition, culture mixed with extreme male chauvinism has been hindering women empowerment right from childhood where girls are not allowed to attend primary education and if they do they are not guaranteed to pursue higher learning such as high schools and colleges. For a longtime the mindsets of the rural community in Kenya has been fixed on girls in their adolescent to get married and raise families. Through other projects by our organization we have been implementing women empowerment programs, behavior change towards extreme culture and perception and awareness programs all aimed at creating a culture where their is an equal and fair opportunity for both gender and women.


During the month of February we did follow up on the use of the sanitary towels, we did this by conducting a session with girls in the three schools, where we met with the girls and got their feedbacks on the use of the sanitary towels, we also trained those who were beginning to experience the menstruation cycle on the proper use as well as providing them with new towels. It was a great experience because we were able to learn from the girls of the challenges they are experiencing, for instance we noted that there were a number of girls who were sharing their towels with others at home, we also noted that most of the girls after using the towels would reuse the towels again just to ensure that their provision lasts longer. In the meeting we strongly advised the girls against sharing the towels and also reusing them, we made it clear that the sharing and reusing of towels would lead to infections and diseases, the girls were to use the available sanitary for their own use and not with other girls, instead we advised them to encourage the other girls to enroll to the schools that we provide sanitary towels so that they too can receive.


In March, we conducted meetings with the girls and we were happy that more adolescent girls who had dropped out of school were enrolling back to school again, the sanitary towels was encouraging girls who were desperate and shameful to turn back to school, we always remain with extra sanitary towels to distribute to new girls as they come back to school.


“My sister came home with new sanitary pads and told me she had been given in school for free, i decided that i will go back to school so that i can be given too, now am back to school and have been getting them for the last 3 months, am so grateful for the people who have given me this towels”, Zainab a 13 year old primary school girl.


"I dropped out of school to help my mother with farm work and home chores, the real reason i dropped though was that i felt ashamed every time i experienced my menstruation cycle, and could not stand the guilt and laughter from boys in our school, i was also affected as i could not learn well as others. But when i was told by a classmate that they were being given sanitary pads i came back. Thank you very much for giving me the sanitary pads”, Sheila is a 14 year old primary school girl. If Sheila hadn't dropped out she would have done her national examinations and joined high school, thanks to you she is doing her national examination end of this year.


The sanitary pads we distributed are coming to due this month and with your help we will get them others to last them the next four months till August and also train them on sexual maturity and personal hygiene. We would like to extend our services to provision of undergarments and shoes to these girls as most of them lack them and are having difficulty using the new sanitary towels. We thank you for your esteemed support! .Till next time, bye.

Jan 27, 2014

Thank you for the uniforms!

Happy New Year! On behalf of the children and the organization get their warmest greetings and once again we humbly appreciate your contribution towards this project that ensures 400 Kisii Orphans are enrolled and retained in school. Following the disbursed amount that we received of $170 we were able to provide school uniforms to 20 orphans in the three Primary schools namely: 6 orphans in Kiangoso Primary School, 8 orphans in Nyambaria Primary School and 6 orphans in Nyakongo Primary School. These uniforms included a set of a short, sweater, shirt, socks and shoes for the boy child and a set of a dress, sweater, socks and shoes for the girl child. Majority of these orphans lack full or proper school uniform and end up coming to school with home clothes or torn school uniforms. The main reason behind this is because these children are orphans who have no other person to cater for their needs as most of them lost their parents due to the high HIV/AIDS prevalence in the county. Although the government of Kenya has provided Free Primary Education to all pupils, those that are orphans are not able to cater for the other basic supporting learning materials particularly in this case school uniforms. It is through your kind support that we are able to restore hope to these children and instill their confidence in learning.

The Health and Water team began this process with Kiangoso Primary School in which the school head thanked the donors through the organization for giving these orphans hope to continue with school by donating the new school uniforms. He also urged them to work hard in their studies so as to make their guardian’s proud.Secondly, the HWF team headed to Nyambaria Primary School where they were greeted with much enthusiasm. During the school assembly, a 5 year old orphaned girl pupil who is an Early Childhood Pupil (ECD pupil) stood up to give a speech on behalf of the pupils and was quoted saying,”Ahsante sana marafiki zetu kwa ukarimu wako sasa tunakuja shuleni tukiwa nadhifu natayari kusoma.”(Thank you our friends for being so kind to us, we can now come to school looking smart and ready to learn).Lastly, the team headed to Nyakongo Primary School where they were received with lots of eagerness. During a short speech ceremony organized by the Headteacher, a 6 year old orphaned boy pupil named also an Early Childhood Pupil (ECD pupil) was quoted saying, “Ahsante sana Global Giving kwa kutukumbuka na tunawaahidi kufanya bidii.”(Thank you Global Giving donors for remembering us and we promise to work hard).

Lastly, the HWF team organized Jigger Campaign weekends in which the team visited the three schools in order to create awareness and eliminate the jigger menace among 20 pupils in the three schools. Each week for two months ,the team would split in groups and visit each school staring with personal care classes in the morning form 9am to 11 am and then removal of the jiggers from 2 pm to 4 pm.Although there was the challenge of low attendance especially in the afternoon ,the teams activities of the day were successful. Your help has made us put a smile on these orphans and we appreciate your kindness in supporting this venture.

Jan 23, 2014

A girl's freedom to go school

Dear Donors,

Happy New Year, I would like to take this opportunity to extended heartfelt greetings on behalf of the supported girls in Kisii and the organization as we enter into another year of working with you in this invaluable project that ensures that 2000 Kenyan girls learn. I would also like to thank you for the contribution that you disbursed to us in November 2013.Our organization was able to organize visits to Kiangoso, Kebobora and Nyangena Primary Schools, after consultative talks with the Headmaster, we were able to identify 20 students in each school who would be trained on sexual maturity and on hygiene and sanitation practices. We also selected specific time schedules in which we would conduct the trainings on a weekly basis for three months.

However, we encountered several challenges when conducting these trainings in the three different schools.Firstly, there was the challenge of low attendance among the student population we selected since not all students were able to make it to the trainings. Secondly, there was the challenge of lack of cooperation from some of the teachers who released students late from their classes for the trainings.Thirdly, supplying the sanitary pads proved a challenge since some of the teachers couldn't hold a number of packets hence leading to some students missing out on them.

Our organization has conducted studies and found out that majority of the girls in Nyamira County do not attend classes regularly due to menstruation and lack of sanitary towels, with your support we were able to purchase and distribute 4 packets per every girl in each of the schools per month.

We were also able to conduct sexual maturity clinics, in which we trained 20 girls in each school on proper hygiene procedures, abstinence and sexually transmitted diseases in order to equip them with better life skills for their future use.

Lastly, our organization was able to schedule trainings on hygiene and sanitation. These trainings would be conducted once a week in each of the selected schools during the Friday afternoons. We were able to train 20 selected students on matters of washing hands and taking care of their surroundings in order to prevent dirt related illnesses.

With your continued support we hope and expect that by the end of this year we will be able to continue to expand to more schools in Nyamira region. On behalf of Vivian, Edna and others we wish you a happy New Year.

Thank you

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