Keep A Girl In School

Distribution of Sanitary towels and panties to poor adolescent girls in Vihiga county kenya

Amala Initiative is raising funds to provide free sanitary pads to female students in Vihiga County (Kenya). The Initiative will distribute the pads to girls in more than 300 schools, both primary and secondary schools. Girls face great challenges in terms of hygiene and sanitation.

For those who are menstruating, these problems compound the difficulties posed by the inability to afford sanitary towels as well as cultural taboos around menstruation. As a result, many girls miss on average four days of school every month which is over a month in a year, meaning they fall behind in class and sometimes even drop out of school altogether. This is an added challenge to the already existing problems that lead to the high dropout rate of female students in primary and secondary schools.
The goal of the Initiative is to empower the vulnerable girls through provision of reusable pads and capacity building on menstrual hygiene management and reproductive health for improved performance and self-esteem. This will be done through distribution of reusable sanitary pads as well as ensuring provision of menstrual hygiene management education and facilities to girls in primary schools in Vihiga County (Kenya). The overriding objective of the project is to ensure that Girls in Vihiga County will not have to miss school simply because they are menstruating.

The project aims to purchase re-usable sanitary pads from I-Care for female primary and secondary (Day) school students in Vihiga County. These sanitary pads are made from natural and chemical free materials and are usable for about one year.The project will also provide the girls with underwear, which is 100% cotton. We will supply a pack that contains 4 reusable sanitary pads, 3 pairs of underwear per girl & 500 gms bar soap. Amala Initiative will distribute all pads and underwear to the primary and secondary schools in vihiga County.

Selected members of Amala Initiative will deliver the pads and underwears to the girls at each school. These members will meet with the director of each school and together with school staff will distribute the pads.

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