Menstrual Hygiene management
continues to be a critical issue for Young girls in semi-arid, rural and
urban communities in Northern Kenya. Reports
in media over the past four years and recently during the commemoration
menstrual hygiene day on May, paint a very sad picture on what
have to endure on a monthly basis.These
reports indicate that at least 67 % of girls in Northern Kenya are using very
unhygienic materials likes leaves, cow dung and dirty rags during their
menstruation. At least 25% of the girls miss school every month during
monthly menstruation period.
UNESCO estimates that one in 10 African adolescent girls in remote areas
misses school during their menses and eventually drops out because of
menstruation-related issues. The reasons for this range from heavy flow
to painful menstruation, which make it difficult for them to concentrate
in class. But the most probable cause is said to be poverty.
Moved by reports in the local media during the commemoration of Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28 May 2017 and before, I resolved to run the Sanitary Pads Campaign. The campaign seeks through volunteers to raise funds for sanitary pads to school girls in semi-arid rural, farming and peri-urban areas. I appeals to individuals, well-wishers groups or organizations all over the world to kindly donate cash or actual sanitary pads for these young girls to allow them to retain their dignity and enable them to remain in school.
Help me raise $5,000.00 to ensure that 830 school girls from schools I have earmarked have access to sanitary pads for at least 6 months.
With the rate at which the prices of sanitary pads are rising, we may just be returning to the days when women used rags, leaves, grasses, sat in water or on sand during their menses.
Sheila Kandie - Volunteer of Sanitary Pads Campaign
I can be contacted on: +254713632527
E-mail: [email protected]