Project #1609

Water & Sanitation ensure 2000 Kenyan girls learn

by Health and Water Foundation
girls receiving pads in Nyaisa primary school
girls receiving pads in Nyaisa primary school

The adolescence girls from the Kiangoso and Nyaisa primary school in Manga District received each a packet of sanitary pad. Our staff led by Ms.Jeria Naomi  and female teachers of the schools distributed the pads to the girls who were mostly between the ages of 12 – 14.

HWF had informed the two schools of the scheduled distribution of sanitary pads and the pupils were so eager for us. We arrived amid joy as girls could not hide their celebration on seeing our Project Vehicle arrive at the school. We were told noted girls who frequently miss school were on this day present mainly for the provisions to follow.

Through the Local Hospital – Manga District Hospital who provided a Health Officer to coordinate the reproductive and sanitation trainings we were able to provide trainings to the girls on their sanitations and reproductive health, sensitive them on the importance of cleanliness and proper use of the sanitary towels.

 We started the activity of the day on Kiangoso primary school from 9.00 am till 12.00 a.m where we proceeded to the second school Nyaisa primary school from 2.30 pm till 4.00 pm on the same day. The two primary school administrations were cooperative as they disrupt their learning schedule to accommodate us in their schools.The local Hospital – Manga District Hospital provided us with the Health Officer to facilitate the trainings to the girls.

We provided quality sanitary pads known as “always” and each girl received a packet. A total of about 130 girls received the sanitary towels. In Kiangoso primary school 56 girls received a packet each and in Nyaisa primary school 74 girls each received a packet.

“I thank all the donors from Global Giving who have contributed towards me receiving the sanitary pads, I urge them to continue with their support and God bless u” Mercy Naboke – Pupil in Nyaisa primary school.

Currently through this project we have reached 3 primary schools in Manga this year alone and we aim to reach 12 primary school by March 2012 through provision of sanitary pads. We would have loved to provide the sanitary towels to the pupils every month so as to be able to meet their monthly menstruation needs but due to insufficient funds we have resolved to atleast distribute to them once we are in receipt of the funds. We urge you our supporters to continue your assistance so that we could be able to give this girls the lives they deserve.

HWF staff training the girls
HWF staff training the girls
Reproductive health training by Health Officer
Reproductive health training by Health Officer
girl demostrating use of pad
girl demostrating use of pad

Health and Water Foundation through this program has been able to meet the specific objectives that were envisioned to help 2000 girls learn since the inception of this project in 2007 and all thanks to your provisions.

The specific benefits realized are;

So far, pupils especially girls are now spending more time in school doing class works. This has been realized because:

  • Marginalized girls have received school uniforms and are able to attend school confidently and concentrate
  • Fewer pupils absent themselves from school due diarrhea and other diseases. These cases have reduced so far.
  • School girls are now more comfortable and they are no longer tempted to skip school when they have their periods. The wash rooms provided and the training given have improved their morale and confidence in handling their menstruations
  • The risk of molestation and rape cases of schoolgirls has been reduced due to enhanced privacy of sanitary facilities. Girls are no longer spied on nor teased by boys when they visit the toilets/wash rooms

The following outcomes are expected to be realized in the long run.

  • Higher levels of education amongst girls.
  • Increased empowerment for women
  • Reduced disease incidents due to availability of safe water and improved sanitation to children including 40 disabled ones, teachers and staff

Sexual Maturation, FGM and use of Sanitary Towels/Pads.

This training has been conducted to girls and provision of sanitary towels to them, We are making sure that affected girls do not miss school due to lack of sanitary towels and we have developed a mechanism of distributing sanitary towels to 5 schools in Manga District, Kenya.

The outputs were

  • Sanitary towels provided for girls.
  • Training on general hygiene provided to the teachers.
  • Training on alternative initiation rites other than FGM.


The program continues to receive urgent requests for assistance with your help and we aim to reduce sanitation risks in schools in Manga District by constructing toilets in schools as some schools are having a desperate situation; the toilets have collapsed and schools face the prospect of being closed down on health grounds. In order to solve the toilet sanitation issues on toilets we require approximately USD 25,000 in order to construct toilets in five schools.We know your assistance would really help.Thank you.

Hello dear ones, As to date since the year 2010,Water & Sanitation ensure 2000 Kenyans girl learn project, 5 schools in Manga District,Nyamira County have benefited directly thanks to your generous contributions.The project has benefited approximately 474 pupils in respective schools in Manga District.Your contributions has ensured that up to 320 girls pupils in primary school have adequate sanitary pads and equipped with necessary hygiene trainings. 7 pupils are now happy to attend school after provision of full school uniforms, 80 pupils have benefited from PHAST ( Participation Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation) trainings which has equipped them with training necessary to enhance their personal hygiene. The project is continuing at a good pace with a large number of beneficiaries being reached every Quarter of year.We HWF thank you for your continued support through your generous contributions. Thank you all.

Health and Water Foundation (HWF) once again takes this opportunity to thank you for your endless support to ensure that the girl child education in Kenya and Kisii County  is successful.

During the month of December 2010 (in which schools in Kenya go for Christmas holiday) we were able to call the girls back to school through request from their respective school Heads in order to facilitate the girls training on the importance of sanitation and hygiene that was scheduled for 1 day event per school. The focus was placed in maintenance of hygiene through handwashing the reason behind this handwashing training was because of the noted  alarming increase in waterborne diseases (especially typhoid and a few cases of cholera) in the area .A feasibility study carried out by the Ministry of Public Health in Kisii District revealed  that most school going children affected by typhoid were as a result of lack of  proper hygiene practice at home and at schools.

The hygiene training  with focus on handwashing training and awareness was conducted by Health and Water Foundation personnell in 3 primary schools;Kerongo Primary school,Tombe Primary school and Nyakongo Primary school which had a high number of affected pupils as a result of typhoid.The monthly disbursement of $174.50 you sent to us which is equivalent to 14,134.50 Kenya Shilings was able to cater for; 3 medium water tanks,3 basins,3 boxes ( full set of bar soap) for handwahing which was distributed to the 3 schools respectively.

The training was made successful by the help of female teachers, who helped us to train the pupils on how they are supposed to maintain their overall hygiene, always wash their hands after visiting latrines, maintaining a habit of washing hands before and after taking food, the girls also were training on maintenance of  proper hygiene   during  their monthly periods and other areas  and to pass the message “Umuhimu wa usafi na kuelimisha mtoto msichana”- “the importance of cleanliness and the girl  education”. This is due to the fact that mainly many girls fail to go to school on normally because they cant afford to buy sanitary towels.

Teachers and parents alike have reported continued intrest in their girl children to education since the inception of this project “Water & Sanitation ensure 2000 Kenyans girls learn”. They attribute that nowadays most of their daughters yearn to be in school and do not abscond classes as used to happen before. Though not all the girls in the region have been reached, Health and Water Foundation is always getting requests from different schools to come and implement such projects so to encourage the girl-child education. We are really grateful for the support you donors are giving to our girls in our society to ensure their continued education.

The teachers also suggested that we should also think of training the women in the areas to ensure sanitation is at hand and to improve the status of a woman in the society.Thank you all

Hello, once again we would like to thank you all for your continued support on our project that is really building up the girls in our community and the community as a whole.The past month (September and October, 2010) we were able to conduct training on improved hygiene practices especially to girls in primary schools, the beneficiaries were 80 adolescent girls from Nyambaso and Kiangoso Primary schools.This was made possible by the disbursement that we received on September towards this project. " baada ya kupata mafundisho haya nitaweza kuwa msafi kama vile wanawake wanapaswa kuwa na pia nitaweza kuwafundisha familia yangu usafi huo," (after getting this training i am now able to keep better hygiene practices as women should and i am also able to help my family to keep the same hygiene conditions) " Stella Nyakongi a pupil at Nyambaso Primary school. The training was carried out well with our staffs with the help of the teachers (female teachers).It was a success and many pupils recommended we do the training also to the women in the community so that the overall hygiene condition of the Nyambaso and Kiangoso community can be improved. We thank you all for the support given toward this project.Merry Christmas all "Give and it will be given unto you" Bible


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Health and Water Foundation

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
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Health and Water Foundation
Project Leader:
Evans Misati
Executive Director, Health and Water Foundation
Nairobi, Kenya

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