Girls receiving pads
Exam anticipation comes with stress and anxiety, it is even worse for adolescent girls who are still in their early years of menses and not sure when to comes, and even worse to those who cannot afford the necessary napkins to save the from embarassments.
Kenya children sit for a mandatory exam known as KCPE after 8 years of learning to qualify for their secondary school education. This very important exam idetermines which school a child will be admitted to and for poor children, whether one can access education scholarship or not. Many unforseen factors contribute to poor performance of girls in this particular exams For many years boys have scored 60% and above compared to their female counterparts.
Slum girls are among girls whose worries include sanitary towels during this critical time for their lives, Polycom Development Project work to make sure that the girls have a peace of mind and are able to sit for their exams withouth worries. Through her Hygiene and Sanitation Project sessions for confidence building are conducted, to remind the girls to visit their washrooms and have fresh pads just before the exams if they are suspecting it to start or if it is on. Also the girls are given a packet of sanitary napkins as an asurance that it is well. They go through acounselling process to demonstrate that future education begins with passing the exams and therefore should concentrate and calm in doing their examination because it will shape their future.
Polycom Development Project distributed pads to 380 girls in the various partner schools in early October, in preparation to the upcoming exams in early November, the teachers were very supportive and encouraging. The girls were happy and danced together as a sign for happiness and appreciation to this gesture.
In August, 5 girls from Polycom Development Project also attended a girls camp, to discuss the challenges girls face in their day today lives, all the girls prior to departure were equipped with a small kit containing, a sanitary towel, a small bathing towel, 2 panties and a bathing soap. All the girls also got sports kits from the organization for their outdoor event. Sports continue to be a true inspiration to the girls in their daily interractions. this was a life skill process, getting girls to be better leaders making informed decisions.
Ready for exams, girls
Going through tough roads to deliver pads