In Kenya, the children are in their final school term. Thanks to Global Giving, all our girls who are menstruating have what they need to go to school all 4 weeks of every month. So when they sit for the national exams in November, they will be alert, prepared, and ready to outshine the boys once again.
What we did discover this term is that many of the girls did not have underpants to hold their sanitary pads in place. They finally admitted that they were using woven root stems to hold the pads on. Because we have been able to serve these girls through your donations, they now all have underpants and are fully equipped.
The greatest lesson in working with poor rural communities is that there are things we can’t imagine they don’t have. Even our workers in Kenya who are of the same tribe assumed the girls had panties, yet it took 2 terms before the girls told us of their predicament.
So often it is the very small things, not the big ones, that truly make a difference. At $1.50 for underpants and $10 for pads, each girl has all she needs. And, frankly, changing the lives of the mothers of the next generation for $11.50 is a pretty reasonable cost.