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Fuding for Re-Usable Sanitary Pads for School Girls in Kenya

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Afri-Can Trust

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

About 65% of women and girls in Kenya cannot afford sanitary pads. Evidence suggests that the period around puberty is one in which many girls drop out of school or are absent from school for significant periods of time. Over 850,000 girls miss 6 weeks of school every year and women miss valuable work hours. Menstruation causes Kenyan adolescent girls to lose an average of 3.5 million learning days per month. Limited access to safe, affordable, convenient and appropriate methods for dealing with menstruation has far reaching implications for the rights, physical, social and mental well-being of many adolescent girls in Kenya and other developing countries as well.

The main problems faced by women and girls are:
• The expense of commercial sanitary pads;
• absenteeism where girls stay at home rather than attending school when menstruating;
• unhygienic ways to dry menstrual materials;
• inadequate waste disposal facilities;
• lack of privacy for changing menstrual materials;
• leakage from poor-quality protection materials;
• the lack of resources for washing such as soap;
• limited education about the facts of menstruation;
• limited access to counseling and guidance;
• fear caused by cultural myths;
• embarrassment and low self-esteem;
• and the unsupportive attitudes of some men.

What is your project and how will it help?

Afri-Can Trust’s project is about making reusable pads (I-Care Pads) which has radically proved to create an environment where women and girls can step boldly into the promise of their future. The goal of this project is to empower vulnerable girls and women through the provision of reusable pads, capacity building on menstrual hygiene management and reproductive health for improved performance and self-esteem. This will entail the production and distribution of reusable sanitary pads as well as ensuring provision of menstrual hygiene management education and facilities to girls in primary schools in Kenya.

One packet of the reusable pads will be sufficient to meet the sanitary needs of a girl for a year. The adoption of reusable pads is more likely to be sustainable in the long term for communities. Reusable pads is also be more environmentally friendly than the disposable type and the training provided covers safe disposal and management aspects as well.

Using the promotion and distribution of reusable pads as an entry point for engagement on wider issues related to menstrual hygiene and reproductive health, the project will also demonstrate how opportunities for contact with girls and communities on a specific issue can also be used to promote and develop wider action on issues that affect girls’ health status, access to quality education and the achievement of better education outcomes and will identify appropriate strategies for doing so. In the meantime, campaigns to demystify menstruation will be rolled out at grassroots school levels. These campaigns will aim to make adolescent girls recognize that they are contributing to the silence and stigma around menstruation and encourage them to use their voices to talk about the topic and themselves, and to demand their rights.

The main objectives of the programme are:
• to improve school attendance among girls between the ages of 10 and 15 years in primary schools;
• to increase access to vulnerable adolescent girls with sanitary towels and comprehensive menstrual hygiene management knowledge and risk awareness of HIV&AIDS among in-school and out of school girls between the ages 10 to 15 years;
• to improve their self-esteem

How can other people partner with you on your project?

Others can partner with us on the project through: grant support, capacity building for the staff, promoting I-Care pads through networks, becoming ambassadors to stock I-Care pads product after training for income generation to individuals/groups/organization.

Please detail the resources that you need.

If we get a support of Kshs 16,800,000 (US$196,140) we will reach 10,000 girls in rural areas. We are currently targeting 100 girls per school in 100 schools.

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Africa: Kenya

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Community development; Education and training; Gender issues; HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria,...show all (4)

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  • Contact details exchanged
    18 Apr 2014 06:17 GMT

    The Royal kids - living the dream
    (Unverified non-profit organisation)

    Danolene Johanessen says: Good Day,

    My name is Danolene Johanessen and I am in Cape Town, South africa. I am the founder of royal kids where we are the voice of children and women in less fortunate communities. We have 2 projects that we are currently running, Soles 4 Souls where we help children with a brand new pair of school shoes and sanitary towels and 2nd project is Art facilitate change where we develop entrepreneurs from an early age for sustainability. we have been looking at ways to implement a reusable sanitary towel that will be good for the environment and good for the thousands of young girls we come across in South africa that doesn't have access to sanitarty towels. Would appreciate it if You can contact me with regards to ways in how we can take hands with your organisation in reaching young girls in our communities. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind Regards
    Danolene Johanessen
    Founder of Royal kids - We exist and strive to serve children

  • Contact details exchanged
    24 Mar 2016 04:04 GMT

    Global Health and HIVAIDS Initiative Uganda
    (Unverified non-profit organisation)

    John OKIROR Odongo says: Please nice reading from you ,contact me and discuss further
    Thank you
    John Okiror odongo
    President/CEO

  • Commented
    24 Mar 2016 04:06 GMT

    Global Health and HIVAIDS Initiative Uganda
    (Unverified non-profit organisation)

    John OKIROR Odongo says: Please nice reading from you ,contact me and discuss further
    Thank you
    John Okiror odongo
    President/CEO

  • Commented
    24 Mar 2016 04:06 GMT

    Global Health and HIVAIDS Initiative Uganda
    (Unverified non-profit organisation)

    John OKIROR Odongo says: Please nice reading from you ,contact me and discuss further
    Thank you
    John Okiror odongo
    President/CEO