Education  Kenya Project #52711

RESTORING DIGNITY FOR GIRLS

by Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre
RESTORING DIGNITY FOR GIRLS
RESTORING DIGNITY FOR GIRLS
RESTORING DIGNITY FOR GIRLS
RESTORING DIGNITY FOR GIRLS
RESTORING DIGNITY FOR GIRLS
RESTORING DIGNITY FOR GIRLS
RESTORING DIGNITY FOR GIRLS
RESTORING DIGNITY FOR GIRLS

Our music program has been affected by the current academic calender.  The learners who are involved are very busy because the of the tight schedule they have this year.  The delay in syllubuses due to covid has affected other activities and this has forced us to push all the extra activities to next year.

Music is becoming big in our school and the children are so excited to take part. Next year will be a big year as we will get back to our normal academic calender and our music program will continue. we are sorry that we have not had any activities to report on this program but we are looking forward to restarting everything once we we are through with the tight academic schedule.

Thank you very much for your support and for your commitment to this program.

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Girls recieving their kits
Girls recieving their kits

Our visit to Lurale Vocational Training Centre was so successful. We had a wonderful time with the girls and they were all grateful for the huge gift of their lives.  Lurale is a unique training centre that is helping teenage mums achieve some skills to become self-reliant and take care of their children in the future.

These girls received their reusable pads with thanks, it was so encouraging to know that some of the girls were wondering how they will go about their periods in the month of February because they didn't have pads. We could tell how happy and grateful they were.  They said that having a baby at an early age was a challenge, they didn't know if they would buy a diaper for their babies or if they would actually buy pads for themselves. Surprisingly these are girls who dropped out of school due to early pregnancies and they come from vulnerable families. These stories were so heartbreaking but we were happy that they could smile after receiving this small but important gift.

The campaign is still on and we are still hopeful that we will be able to reach out to 3000 girls in day secondary schools.  These are the girls who did well in their exams but they couldn't join boarding schools due to lack of school fees this shows how vulnerable these girls are and this is what is contributing to early pregnancies in our girls. One kit of reusable pads will help a girl have safe and healthy periods for three years.

Our fundraising is going on and we are kindly requesting you to help us meet this goal.  Maybe you have already contributed, please share this with your family members, friends, and on social media about this noble cause. Let us join hands and restore our girls' dignity.

Happy girls with their kits
Happy girls with their kits
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Checking inside their bags
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We are continuing with our sewing to get 3000 kits
We are continuing with our sewing to get 3000 kits

October is here, what an interesting year! Despite what the world is going through, we are still pressing on to the end. We are glad that we have not had lockdowns for the last two months, and that means we are going on with our campaign, Restoring Girls’ Dignity. Breaking menstrual silence is not easy, in the villages it’s taboo but we have stood firm in this campaign.  To many, it’s not an issue, but menstruation is killing our girls silently.

Significant barriers to high-quality menstrual hygiene management (MHM) persist across Kenya and remain a particular challenge for low-income women and girls. Formative research shows that girls face monthly challenges, with 65% of girls in Kenya unable to afford sanitary pads.

1. Only 50% of girls say that they openly discuss menstruation at home. Just 10% of rural schools have a private place for girls to change their menstrual products.

2. And only 12% of girls in Kenya would be comfortable receiving the information from their mother.

3. There are also more jarring statistics signaling that menstruation is tied to more fundamental risks and issues of gender inequity, with studies showing 2 out of 3 of pad users in rural Kenya receiving them from sexual partners

4. 1 in 4 girls do not associate menstruation with pregnancy. Kakamega County being the highest rural populous county in Kenya, the situation is worse which leads to school absenteeism, thus impeding their academic performance.

Running a children’s rescue centre and home has been an opened our eyes in a way that we have seen poverty is not only lack of food and school fees, it is also lack of sanitary towels and information. For the last one year, we have received more than 12 abandoned babies, some born out of incest and others with an unknown history. Investigation reports have shown that the babies’ mothers are between 12-15 years and are either orphaned or from poor families.  These girls give themselves for sanitary towels. It is hard for these girls to talk about menstruation with their mothers. Since our campaign, many girls have come to us to seek advice and help.

Our campaign is on and so far we have raised $1092 on this platform.  We have raised $800 locally and our goal is more than $10,000 to be able to reach more than 3000 needy girls in Day Secondary Schools based in Malava.

One reusable kit costs $15 and will serve a girl for 3-4 years of school.  Help us meet this goal.  As you prepare for this giving season consider our cause as you have always done.

Kindly do not hesitate to share the good work you are doing with friends/families and on your social media.

Thank you

One of our sewists
One of our sewists
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Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre

Location: Malava - Kenya
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Rose Bugusu
Malava, Kenya
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