We wanted to let you know about the progress in Kenya. It never ceases to amaze us, how such a direct and simple solution opens so many doors. Discussions that might be considered taboo suddenly become approachable because a universal need is being met in important, sustainable ways, along with vital education about how periods happen and the fact that without periods there would be no people. All in thanks to your important support.
In the past several weeks we've received important reports from the Days for Girls project in Kenya. Did you know that in Kisii, Kenya involvement in Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) dropped by 30% after presentation of Days for Girls kits? We had been invited to talk about FGM with the girls themselves. We asked to speak to the cutters separately. We expected maybe a half dozen. Instead there were dozens of women who showed up. We discussed that we were not there to tell them what to do. We were there to invite them as leaders to make a new decision and keep their tradition but cut out the cut. To our delight the responded positively. Two days later the six head cutters arrived to declare that they were laying down their knives. The next rite of passage dropped from 92% involvement to a reported 62%. Now there is more news.Rosemary Obara was our translator that weekend and she not only testified of her own trauma as a victim of FGM but she continues to speak out against the practice in her homeland, Guisii Province. Today she runs for another public office on the platform of ending the practice and making life easier for girls, including access to sustainable feminine hygiene.Meanwhile we have learned that liners are wearing out... which is good news. Because that means they are being well used and still desired. And that liners last 2 - 3 years! Great news because that is a lot of time in the classroom.Several hundred kits are now on their way to Kenya. Communities there are mapping out their strategy to meet the needs of all of the women they serve. Two thousand yards of PUL are now being ordered to travel by cargo to Mombasa, Kenya to be divided between Kenya and Uganda, so that more kits can be made for girls and women.
We return again in February to take supplies and do additional training. So we'll have more stories and photos for you. In the meantime, thank you for your important support.
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