Kibera Annual Music Festival 2019 attracted more than 50 schools. The 2 day event held at Moi Nairobi Girls High school was hosted by The Area Member of Parliament and attended by other dignitary from the Kenyan Government and different stakeholders including the corporates.
Polycom Development Project in her mandate of advancing the rights of adolescent girls decided to mount an exhibition and information sharing tent. A space where girls could come and learn more about the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. Among the items to be displayed Sanitary Napkins, manufactured by Polycom Development Project, courtesy of Lois Harris, our monthly donor through GlobalGiving.
“Look she has stained her uniform”, a young girl was mocked as she walked past Polycom’s tent, the young women mentors took the girls in covered a space and took good care of her, before letting her out. This was a call to action, there is need to speak to all girls who were planning to make presentations on how safe they were as far as their woman days are concerned. 4 best performers from different schools had backed out of the presentations because they had their periods and they felt they had not protected themselves that well. Polycom staff had to call for bikers, panties and even more pads to equip the girls to be able to present and the day was saved.
On the 2nd day, girls preparing to present was organized in smaller groups given a short talk on the pride of woman and the Simple Mandatory Item – the pad. Polycom Development Project was praised by all teachers in attendance and the organizers who urged Polycom to keep up the spirit and the good work. A total of 494 adolescent girls were attended to during the 2 day session.
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