Pad A Girl in Kenya
#GirlsNoBridesKE is an initiative with the aim of supporting menstrual hygiene amongst poor and vulnerable girls in Nyeri, Mweiga Slums and communities. #GirlsNoBridesKE Initiative is a project borne out of the need to empower young girls and women who are going through various form of stigmatization, abuse and health challenges as a result of their natural monthly cycle.
For most poor and vulnerable girls in Kenya, as signs of menstruation gets close, it serves as a constant reminder of the oncoming abuse and stigmatization they are about to face. What should be a proud period in their lives, turn out to be their most dreadful period.
For most of these girls, menstruation is a dream-killer because they never get to attend schools during menstruation. While for others who cannot afford a good menstrual pad, they rely on old rags and leaves as alternatives. There is no gainsaying the detrimental health challenges faced by these poor girls and women as a result of these unhygienic practices.
Unfortunately, during this Covid-19 period, lot of these young girls have been sexually abused by people who have taken advantage of their desperate situation.
At what Cost?
In Kenya, 10 dollars is enough to buy sanitary napkins to keep one girl in school for an year.
Target location and Population
There’s a popular saying “You are likely to vomit your dreams if you take too much at a time” in respect to that, the team plan to take it one after another, from one slum into another, we plan not to over-eat our dream. To run and excel in such a program, it is our plan to currently assist 5000 poor girls in Mweiga, Nyeri communities, primary, and secondary schools. And for our long-term strategy we simply will duplicate the same project into other informal settlements, with due support from the well-wishers like you.
Expected impacted of #GirlsNoBridesKE
Increased girls presence, confidence and concentration in school and school activities
Reduced incidence of rape and abuse amongst poor school girls who are in search of money to purchase menstrual hygiene materials
Reduced incidence of disease and death from unhygienic menstrual practices amongst girls
Curb the spread of taboos and myths associated with menstruation
How can you help
Just like the popular saying, “We cannot help everyone, but everyone can help someone”, you’re not alone. Just 1 dollar can keep a girl in school for a month.
Will you Stand with a poor young girl today?