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Apr 15, 2019

Growing & Improving!

Students at St. Vitalis Nang
Students at St. Vitalis Nang'a Primary School

International Women's Day

On 8th March 2019, RKF participated in the International Women’s Day Campaign that was a part of the GlobalGiving GirlFund Campaign. And with your incredible support, we raised a total of $1,256 in less than 24 hours! We are absolutely overwhelmed and honored to be associated with such great cheerleaders for the girls of Kisumu. We can’t wait to take the RKF Sanitary Pads Program to even more girls and help them keep progressing through their education… as is their right!

Improving...

We’re listening to our community.

After our pilot program last year, we received feedback from the girls that a slightly larger kit would be more effective. We learnt that 4 pads were not enough; so we're partnering with PadMad to provide 7 pads to girls in rural schools. What makes this partnership special is that these pads are made using Kenyan cotton by Kenyan women. This creates a beautiful cycle of women empowering women!

When we spoke to the girls at Lutheran Special School in January, they gave us some very simple feedback to improve the program that is both efficient and cost-effective. They gave us a suggestion to provide a more complete “kit” by adding a small bucket and some clothes pegs (at an additional $1) that would make it incredibly easy for them to manage and maintain their re-usable kits. So we did it! All the girls at Lutheran Special School now have their own buckets and set of clothes pegs to manage their kits well.

Growing...

Another 20 girls at Busabakhwa Primary School are now a part of the RKF Sanitary Pads Program. Our friends at Kenyan Kids took 20 kits and had an incredible talk with the girls on Menstrual Health Management. An additional 11 girls at Lutheran Special School also received sanitary pad kits in March. We hope to reach an additional 50 girls in May once schools resume for the second academic term of 2019.

Partnering with PadMad
Partnering with PadMad
New Buckets and Clothes Pegs to complete the Kit
New Buckets and Clothes Pegs to complete the Kit
A student at Lutheran Special School
A student at Lutheran Special School
Thank You to all our Cheerleaders!
Thank You to all our Cheerleaders!

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Feb 11, 2019

New Feather in the Cap!

Project of the Month: February 2019
Project of the Month: February 2019

Project of the Month:

We have incredible news!!

The Rahul Kotak Foundation's Project: Give Hope to Kisumu's Underprivileged Children got selected by GlobalGiving as the Project of the Month for February 2019. We are absolutely ecstatic to have received this honour!

Please read the entire report by GlobalGiving CEO, Alix Guerrier here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/project-of-the-month-club/reports/?subid=122016  

If you would like to make a contribution to our project as part of the Project of the Month Club, you can do so in the link shared above. The money we receive from being selected as the Project of the Month will be used to boost the various programs we implement within schools in the slums and rural areas to achieve the following:

  • Serve over 250,000 meals of breakfast and lunch in the 2019 academic year to over 1,800 students in the slums and rural parts of Kisumu through RKF’s Meal Program
  • Complete our current work of converting a storage room into a library that will hold 10,000 books and 50 seating units that will cater to over 1,300 children in a fishermen community
  • Convert 2 shipping containers into libraries that will hold up to 5,000 books each
  • Provide various learning material like exercise books, pencils, educational toys etc. to all the students we work with
  • Keep all the existing WASH Programs in our schools by ensuring access to soap and running water throughout the year

Other Achievements:

Every year, GlobalGiving recognizes the work every non-profit on the platform does and awards badges. For 2019, RKF received 4 badges: Top-Ranked, Effective, Vetted and Staff Favourite.

These badges show that RKF has been vetted by GlobalGiving, was actively engaged in the GG community and was a top-ranked organization in 2018! We also received a Staff Favorite badge, because our organization was selected by someone in the GlobalGiving team as their favorite! 

Thank you for your incredible support! We couldn't have done this without you... 

Effective Badge
Effective Badge
Staff Favorite
Staff Favorite
Top-Ranked Project
Top-Ranked Project
Vetted Organization
Vetted Organization

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Jan 15, 2019

Empowering the Girls of Lutheran Special School

Student listening carefully during the workshop
Student listening carefully during the workshop

To kick off the new academic year in Kenya, RKF implemented the Sanitary Pads Program at Lutheran Special School in Kisumu. As a part of this, 21 girls received the AFRIPads Deluxe Menstrual Kit that will last them 12 months and ensure they can carry on with their school activities even when they are menstruating. Each kit contains 4 re-usable sanitary pads, a small bag and a Girl Talk Booklet.

The Senior Teacher of the school conducted a fun, hands-on workshop in Luo (the local dialect) that gave the girls an opportunity to learn through demonstration and ask any questions they had.

The Sanitary Pads Program was started to address the issue of poor attendance of girl students across various parts of Kenya due to lack of access to menstrual hygiene products. When we first visited the students of Lutheran Special School in late 2016, we were made aware of this issue and we hope this program will help address it. We look forward to receiving feedback from the girls and improving the Sanitary Pads program and further implementing various other programs.

After the success of the pilot program last year, we are really excited to scale this program to reach at least 200 girls in the first academic term of 2019. More update coming soon.

Practical demonstration by Senior Teacher
Practical demonstration by Senior Teacher
Reading the Girl Talk Booklet
Reading the Girl Talk Booklet
Celebrating the new pads
Celebrating the new pads
To new pads!
To new pads!

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