In Kenya, nearly 1 million girls miss up to six weeks of school due to the lack of products to manage their menstruation, along with the corresponding health education they need to make informed decisions about their bodies. 60% of girls drop out of secondary school - twice the rate of boys - and are half as likely to be employed as adults. Girls experience HIV prevalence rates up to 4x that of boys, 6x more likely to be married as teenagers, and 4X as likely to be victims of domestic violence.
We know that the provision of pads and related health education reduces school absenteeism by 75%. Our health comics provide girls with the information, guidance and affirmation that they need to navigate puberty safely. In addition, we are training 26 local non-profit organizations across Kenya who work with schools in their community who can answer girls' questions and mentor them through their period of adolescence to further add to girls' network of support.
Our goal is to reach $30,000 to provide 3,000 girls with the menstrual hygiene products and education they need. By providing girls the opportunity to make informed decisions, their chances of staying in school increases, allowing them to become vibrant members of society. Girls will exhibit improved educational attainment, practice healthier sexual behaviors, improved reproductive health status and enhanced self-determination.