Champion Her Right to an Education

by ZanaAfrica Foundation
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Summary

ZanaAfrica Foundation provides adolescent girls in East Africa with the resources they need to live more healthy and informed lives. We are showing girls they are powerful agents of change in their own lives through supporting them in mind, body and spirit. This holistic approach includes sanitary pads and underwear that girls need and want, standardized and aspirational health comics, and a coalition of organizations that are safe spaces and resources for girls in their communities.
$30,000.00
total goal
$20,519.00
remaining
59
donors
3
monthly donors
1
year active

Challenge

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.

Solution

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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

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http:/​/​www.zanaafrica.org
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Organization Information

ZanaAfrica Foundation

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.zanaafrica.org
Project Leader:
Alice Pang
New York, NY United States

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