Due to poverty and low literacy rates among parents, the Maasai girls can’t afford sanitary pads during their menses. As a result many simply miss out on school days during their menses. School absenteeism leads to poor performance which in turn leads to school dropouts. This leads to early marriages which exposing the girls to HIV/AIDS as they are married off to much older men, who have several wives and girlfriends.
Eco Clubs of Kenya will supply sanitary menses kits and provide HIV education for life to 400 Maasai girls in 15 primary schools inorder to keep them in school through one academic year.
More girls will complete their education, have HIV knowledge, and be empowered to on their reproductive health rights. This will impact positively on the HIV prevalence rate among the target community.