Reusable sanitary kits contain underwear, soap, and reusable pads. Each kit lasts for three years. Without education a kit is useless. Our workshops provide basic knowledge on menstruation to all. It teaches how to add to the kit and make their own pads. Breaking down taboos, removing the fear. Allowing girls to attend school during their periods, providing essential hygiene. Girls remain in education, and teenage pregnancy reduces. Women engage in employment. Society gains. Self-esteem grows.
In Kenya, many girls and women do not have access to sanitary pads. when girls reach puberty many do not understand the changes happening to their bodies. They suffer fear and anxiety. Talking about menstruation is taboo. Many improvise during their period, sit on cardboard, use old clothes, and engage in commercial sex to purchase pads. Many do not attend school during their period resulting in a high dropout rate, teenage pregnancy, low self-esteem, and mental health issues. Inequality remains
May is global Menstrual Hygiene Month. We are committed to providing 500 reusable kits across Kericho County. Women and girls will travel miles to attend one of our workshops whereby our trained Ambassadors will provide essential information in dedicated workshops. This is not just women's 'business', its 'community' business. The workshops are for girls and women, boys and men. Keeping girls in school, women employed, breaking the taboo, and removing stigma.Benefitting the Community as a whole
Our Menstrual Health programme enables more girls to complete formal education and become more likely to enter the workforce, encouraging independent financial resources and economic empowerment. As women and girls take control of their own Menstrual health management, it creates an enabling environment contributing toward the elimination of violence against women, increased understanding of their human rights, and provide alternatives to early childhood marriage. Breaking the poverty cycle.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).