We are very pleased to report that the rest of the fabric needed to complete 200 kits was received and used, and the rest of the kits were distributed. This means that 200 teenage girls have received re-usable sanitary towels! Each girl received 6 pads with wings and 10 liners. The girls also received washing detergents to wash the sanitary towels after using. The girls were able to soak the sanitary towels in the buckets in which the rest of the materials were distributed. The kit also included mesh bags for airing the sanitary towels after washing, as well as 2 pairs of underpants for each girl to use while having her period.
The girls these kits helps are girls like Emily Atieno, who would not attend school when she had her period. Emily has benefited from the program already; since receiving her kit, she has been able to attend school regularly, which has resulted in an improvement in her academic performance!
The program doesn't end with the distribution of the kits, though. The girls who have benefited from the Pads for Peace program have started knitting draw string bags that are used for packing the sanitary pads. There are still many more girls who can benefit from Pads for Peace. Our goal is 2,000. The holidays are almost upon us, and what better time is there to give? We hope that as the season progresses you will keep Pads for Peace in mind.
As always, we thank you for your support!
Since our last report, we've learned that 100 kits have been completed and distributed to girls at Ayany Primary School. We had reported that 200 kits were complete, but that was a miscommunication; there wasn't enough fabric to finish all of them. The good news is that more fabric has been sourced, and tailors are working hard to complete the rest of the 200 kits, which the $5000.00 raised on GlobalGiving will pay for! They are on schedule to distribute the rest of the kits at the beginning of September.
In the meantime, the educational piece is absolutely crucial to the project, and we are thrilled to share with you that the girls have completed 10 weeks of training about sexuality and self awareness! During the August holiday, the girls have also begun practical activities, such as knitting.
Eliminate Poverty Now received a generous outside grant for Pads for Peace. Go to our blog to find out more. Aside from that outside grant, we are so happy to have received more support for this project with the new donations we've gotten through GlobalGiving that will enable us to provide even more girls with these kits.
Thank you so, so much!
On the first day of Judy and John’s March trip to Nairobi, they met with Judy Gration, and thanked her in person for covering the shipping of the fabrics and supplies for RockPads. The generosity of everyone who has donated to the RockPads project has helped provide the materials needed to make the project a reality, and meet our goals. The women in the sewing center at Little Rock ECD have been hard at work sewing the soft, pretty reusable sanitary pads.
We are very pleased to announce that 200 kits (complete with the reusable pads and other fun items) are now finished! They are being distributed to school-age girls who are enrolled in reproductive education and empowerment classes in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya this month. Little Rock will also sell the pads to adult women, building a sustainable business and generating income.
We are so excited to see this project moving forward. John and Judy’s visit to Little Rock really confirmed all the wonderful news we've had about RockPads, and we are simply thrilled with its success and potential. Thanks to all of you who have supported us and given so generously. There’s still more work to do, so please continue to spread the word about RockPads!
A very special thanks goes to Judy Gration, wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Scott Gration. She covered the cost of shipping for the materials sent to Kenya. These items included products bought in the U.S. (underpants and sewing supplies) using funds donated at GlobalGiving, as well as fabrics donated by A.E. Nathan and Fabri-quilt. Without Judy Gration’s help, we never would have been able to accept the generous donations of fleece and flannel from A.E. Nathan Co., and nylon from Fabri-quilt. We are deeply grateful for these donations of fabric as well.
The shipping took some time, but we are pleased to say that all of the items have now arrived! The manufacturing of pads will soon begin, under the direction of Evelyne Obonyo, RockPads Project Manager. In the meantime, Evelyne has been meeting with teachers and girls groups. The goal is to train the girls in the use of the sanitary pads, as well as in reproductive health and empowerment. She has also traveled to rural villages to begin to develop relationships with schools and girls groups in the country. We are excited to tell you that schools and girls groups are now asking to be included in the project! Isn’t that wonderful?
With all of the help we’ve received so far, the donations from GlobalGiving will provide sanitary pads kits to 200 girls. That’s 25% more than we originally planned! But with the growing interest, we still need help. We will need ongoing donations to provide kits to all the girls who would like to be included in the program. Please spread the word to family and friends about this wonderful cause, or let us know your ideas for continuing to raise funds. Your donations do so much more than provide the physical sanitary kits for these girls; these kits, and the education the project provides with them, are so often one of the first steps in changing the lives of girls in Africa, to giving these girls futures. Having access to sanitary pads keeps girls in school in a place where the strongest determinant of a woman’s lifetime earning is how much education she receives. You all have our most heartfelt thanks for your generosity and support, and hope you will continue to help us provide kits to even more young girls.
Judy and John are visiting the project in early March, and we will be sure to post updated photos when they return!
The GlobalGiving Challenge is going great! Thanks to your help, we are 46 donors strong.
We only need 4 more new donors to get to 50!
It looks very likely that we will succeed in this Challenge, which means that 200 Kenyan girls will get kits of sanitary pads. Because of these first 50 donors, 200 girls in Kenya will be able to finish school and earn income. They will be able to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. You have changed their lives. On their behalf, thank you.
You are also helping Eliminate Poverty Now qualify to become a permanent member of GlobalGiving, and gain exposure to a much wider audience. Thank you for that, too.
If you have any friends or family members that want to be the ones to push us over the top, now is the time!
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