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May 14, 2018

Pilot Progress

Pilot Implementation
Pilot Implementation

Progress Update from Pilot Program

To find the most effective and long-term solution to the problem of girls having poor access to sanitary pads, RKF decided to carry out a pilot program in one rural school where this issue was first brought to our attention. When considering options, we relied on the findings from our research to try a solution that would address as many of the issues as possible in a cost-effective and sustainable manner. That option was: re-usable sanitary pad kits.

To ensure we could learn as much as possible from this pilot program, we asked the teachers to keep an extensive record of the following details. Furthermore we asked local volunteers to carry out periodic surveys to monitor and evaluate the progress of this program:

-          Attendance

-          Performance

-          Period Management

-          Improved awareness/ confidence

At the end of the first Academic term a basic analysis of attendance and performance records provided the following results which will help us fine-tune the program before we scale the program to reach at least 200 girls in rural Kisumu in 2018. 

Attendance: 44.05% increase in attendance in Term 1

Class Performance: 77.78% increase in class performance (Note: there were a couple of outliers in this data set and that this data is based off internal school assessment. National Examination Results in December (KCPE) will give us a clearer indication of the impact of the program on performance)

A survey carried out of 26 out of the 29 girls who received the kits revealed the following:

Period Management: 60.32% improvement in managing their periods as a result of the program

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Feb 21, 2018

New Year, New Start!

New students at Valley Learning Centre
New students at Valley Learning Centre

As a new academic year in Kenya has begun, we have made new starts on several programs at RKF.

Feeding Program

Having run our Lunch Program for one year, we have now added a daily breakfast meal of Uji (local porridge) to our Feeding Program. This was started after we received feedback from parents and teachers that a morning meal would help keep the children energized and attentive during the morning session. At the end of the last academic year, teachers had noted a 73% increase in attentiveness as a result of the lunch program.

Literacy Program

We have started two small libraries at our projects in Soko (Nyakach) and Valley (Nyalenda) as we kicked off the first phase of our flagship Literacy Program Kitabu Changu, Haki Yangu (Swahili for My Book, My Right). This program was started to address low levels of literacy in the region by providing books, learning material and access to technology. Despite being one of the more developed counties in Kenya, Kisumu is ranked 30 out of 47 in term of literacy level with only 66% of the population being able to read and write. More updates in future reports.

Community Building and Local Involvement

We had our first Community Day at Soko to bring together local leaders, parents and senior community members to sit down and talk about the issues the community faces and how best RKF can help the local community become more independent. The day was marked with sharing a meal and some clothes and shoes RKF had received from well-wishers in Kisumu.

Sanitary Pads Program

A study sponsored by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that approximately 65% of women and girls in Kenya are unable to afford sanitary pads. In the past 2 years, we have observed that poor attendance in class as a result of this is often a big reason why more girls drop out of the schooling system at an early age. Through our Sanitary Pads Program, we have been able to partner with AFRIpads to ensure girls who have started menstruating receive a re-usable deluxe menstrual kit that will last them a whole year. Furthermore, all the girls receive educational material to help them manage their periods more positively. We kicked off this program at Soko where 29 girls received these kits as part of our pilot program. You can support our new project dedicated to addressing the issue in March during the GlobalGiving Girl Fund Campaign that runs from 1st March to 15th March 2018: https://goto.gg/31852

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Children of Valley enjoying uji (porridge)
Children of Valley enjoying uji (porridge)
New library at Valley
New library at Valley
Elders of the Soko Community
Elders of the Soko Community
Lunch time during Soko Community Day
Lunch time during Soko Community Day
Girls of Soko receiving Sanitary Pad Kits
Girls of Soko receiving Sanitary Pad Kits

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