This project offers dignity pack (contain sanitary pads, Lotion, Soap, Pants and Leso) to 100 adolescents who are orphaned and vulnerable girls whose guardians are unable to provide in order to keep them in schools in Mathare slums, Kenya.
Geographically, the project is located in Mathare one of the largest slums in Kenya with over 800,000 people. Increasing level of poverty, unemployment, high population growth rates, HIV, gender based violence & lack of sexual reproductive health information threatens adolescent girls in this area. Adolescent girls in Mathare slums have poor academic performance than boys due to absenteeism and school drop-outs resulting from poor menstruation hygiene management. This project offers solutions.
The project provides orphans or vulnerable adolescent girls in schools age 10-15 years with a dignity pack which includes; two packs of sanitary pads, lotion, a piece of soap, 3 pairs of panties, school uniforms, leso and a safe & hygienic disposal facilities to primary schools. Doing this will give the girls confidence to sit in class through the period of menstruation. It will help reduce stigma.
In the long term, the project will help reduce incidences of absenteeism, increased school attendance, improved academic performance, high completion rates, high transition rates and increased literacy levels among adolescent girls. Studies have shown that when girls complete their studies they have the potential to lift themselves and everyone around them out of poverty.