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.
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