The girls in Kenya are missing valuable school time when they get their periods because they have no supplies to stanch the flow. They also miss time when they must walk for many miles to gather fresh water for the family (which is a girl's job, starting at age 5). Missing school means a dim future for these girls. Educated girls are less likely to get pregnant and more likely to finish secondary school and support their families. We need every girl to be educated to help grow Kenya's economy.
This project addresses the two main factors that keep girls out of school. By having panties and reusable sanitary pads, the 627 girls in Nina School will be able to attend school during their periods, and therefore not miss one week of valuable education every month. By building a well in their village, the girls won't have to walk up to 12 miles in a day to gather water. Anything we can do to keep the girls in school can only benefit them and their futures.
When girls are educated, they are empowered, they are role models, and they help the village economy. Women are considered second-class citizens in Kenya, yet they shoulder most of the family and work responsibilities. In the schools where girls received pads and panties, we've found that they are more confident; they feel empowered to speak up in class. They also teach their mothers about reproductive health. When you educate a girl, you change the life of the village!