Project #11852

Keep 627 girls in school in Siaya, Kenya

by One Village At A Time
$1,250 Raised
total goal
monthly donors
We want to keep all the girls at the Nina School in Siaya District of Kenya in school to get a complete education. To do that, we need two things: to supply all girls with panties and reusable sanitary napkins and build a well in their village. Girls miss one week of school each month because of their menses. They also miss school when they must walk several miles to fetch fresh water for their families. Education is power for girls in Kenya and to keep them from missing school is important.


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.

Long-Term Impact

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!

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Organization Information

One Village At A Time

Location: Boston, MA - USA
Project Leader:
Ginger DeShaney
Boston, MA United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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