Our team & Partners at the Jan 25th Workshop
This first quarter has been truly incredible for ZanaAfrica, and we have so many special updates to share with you!
On January 25th, we welcomed our community-based partners in Nairobi for a two-day workshop and pad distribution to support 10,000 schoolgirls across Kenya. The workshop included a deep dive into measurement and evaluation, which resulted in the launch of a new survey to measure our shared impact. With our Partners, we developed an in-depth qualitative questionnaire to be completed by over 1,000 schoolgirls to further evaluate our programs. As all of our work is centered on the feedback we receive from girls, we're excited to share results with you in the coming months! We’re hopeful that the information we gather will improve our programs as we deepen our holistic interventions with girls and communities in 2018.
In February, we were thrilled to have the team from Cora join us in Kenya! As a modern period company, Cora offers 100% organic tampons to women in the U.S., while providing pads to girls in need for every product sold. Like us, they believe “that time of the month” should never be a source of shame, harm, or uncertainty. And, they harness the power of business to fight for gender equality in Kenya, India, and in the U.S. We're thrilled to announce that for every month’s supply of Cora you purchase through Amazon.com and Target, starting April 15, Cora will donate a percentage of its profits to support our work. And there’s more! On International Women’s Day we introduced the Fearless Necklace by Cora! For every necklace sold, Cora will provide a year’s supply of pads to girls in Kenya through our program. Check out the necklace here, it holds a single non-applicator tampon!
Some other fabulous February updates:
- Princeton Students for Gender Equality hosted a week-long Period Palooza to celebrate and broaden the menstrual equity movement among Princeton’s student body. On February 15th, our very own Alison Nakamura Netter joined period activist Cass Clemmer, Creator of Toni the Tampon, Jarrad Aguirre of Myovant Sciences, and Eudora Olsen from PERIOD, for a panel discussion on the menstrual movement and the importance of expanding access to period products for all people who menstruate. Read more about the panel in The Daily Princetonian!
- ZanaAfrica earned the Gold GuideStar USA #NonprofitProfile Seal of Transparency! GuideStar USA, Inc. is an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies. Check out our Gold Star Profile here!
And last, but definitely not least, our research study, The Nia Project, is now in its third term! Kilifi County is one of the most disadvantaged regions of Kenya and where The Nia Project operates. In 2017, Kilifi recorded the highest rates of teenage pregnancy, child marriage, severe incidences of sexual abuse by older men, and significant rates of child-to-child sexual abuse—indicating a dire need for rights-based reproductive health education at the community level. The Nia Project places a strong emphasis on girls’ education and empowerment among a range of stakeholders, including parents like Eunice. By connecting girls to after-school mentors and our Nia Teen magazine and Nia Yetu curriculum, we aim to keep girls safe in supportive communities where they can thrive.
While the results of The Nia Project will be published in 2019, we are already seeing positive results:
- Teachers are reporting improved school attendance and performance.
- Parents feel uplifted knowing that their daughters have the pads, underwear, and the education they need and deserve.
- Girls are expressing increased confidence, self-esteem, and excitement for their futures.
“I can now concentrate in class. I am no longer worried about staining my uniform. I feel that I can now set goals in life.” – Joyce, age 13
I hope that you will help us continue this critical work. By taking additional action today and increasing your support, you can help us build on our existing initiatives and ensure that girls have a choice in determining their futures. We know that when girls thrive, communities thrive. And with the recent launch of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s $170M global plan to fund women's equality, the spotlight on women's and girls’ empowerment is shining brighter than ever before.
Let's take action together so that every girl can live her purpose!
Grateful for you,
Alison & the entire ZanaAfrica Team
Co-Founder of Cora, Molly Hayward, in Kenya!
Me & my fellow period activists at Period Palooza!
ZanaAfrica's Gold GuideStar Seal of Transparency!
One of our beneficiaries with a pack of Nia pads!
The Nia Project team in Kilifi, Kenya.