Empower 200 mothers and 1,000 girls in Kenya

Jun 18, 2012

Meet the Girls of Malanga Primary School

Our girls learning about their bodies.
Our girls learning about their bodies.

One Village At A Time, in conjunction with KMET, uses a reproductive health specialist to teach the girls about their bodies. Most of the girls know nothing about how their bodies mature, how to take care of their changing bodies, and what to do when “that time of the month” comes along.

When we first got to Malanga and asked the girls about their menses and how they handled it, they hung their heads ashamed. They said that they missed one week of school every month because they had to stay home. With only one uniform, no girl wanted to risk the embarrassment of her flow being seen. And most importantly, they had no supplies. The girls admitted that they used leaves or even cow dung to stanch the flow.

We have supplied all 386 girls at Malanga Primary School with reusable sanitary towels that are made by the women funded through our microfinance program. The results of this effort have been amazing. The girls are now scoring higher on their exams than the boys, because they don’t miss school.

Thank you for your continued support. It truly is changing the lives of women and girls in Kenya!

Teaching the girls.
Teaching the girls.
A lesson on how the pads work.
A lesson on how the pads work.



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Project Leader

Ginger DeShaney

Boston, MA United States

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