Sanitary Towels Distribution
Inadequate access to sanitary products is a huge risk to the health of orphans and contributes to dis-empowerment. Young people are not only harmed but there are flow on negative impacts on the poor society we serve including the street families too.
Girls aged 10-17 years, young women and poor mothers’ face a lot of challenges with poor access to sanitary products. Women often avoid work and study, leaving home and there is generally a negative impact on their ability to function in society. In Africa, menstruation is a private subject and taboo to discuss openly due to social and cultural attitudes; hence the problems associated with it are swept under the carpet.
To manage their menstrual flow, girls from poor background in Kenya turns to anything like rags, tissue papers, pieces of old clothes, mattresses or blankets, tree leaves, newspapers, cotton wool, corn husks, basically anything that can possibly do the job! We are also sometimes forced to introduce these old clothes for the lack of immediate sanitary towels to give.
How a lack of Sanitary Pads affects educational outcomes.
Providing sanitary materials for girls would be a life-changer for numerous reasons including hygiene, health, education and empowerment. Very often pads are the last thing an aid organization or a government would think of in the context of Kenya’s social problems. On average, a girl misses 5 school days in a month; this means 20 learning days in a term. A year has 3 terms for 3 months each in our education calendar, this means losing 60 learning days per year. A girl in secondary school who studies for 4 years would lose 240 days cumulatively throughout their high school education. This is about 8 months of school absenteeism within a period of 4 years. This leads to worse educational opportunities and a higher school dropout rate.
How poverty affects access to Sanitary products
The fact is that; for a typical poor Kenyan family living below poverty margin on less than a dollar per day in urban slums and rural villages sanitary products are not a priority. Note that, there are generally a minimum of 2 to 3 girls and the mother in each family. Some are the families with over five girls and the mother, noting some are poor single mother too not with less 2 daughters. Others are the orphaned girls catered for by their grandparents who are left caring for their deceased sons and daughter’s HIV/AIDS victims. Try to combine all these problems and challenges within the society we serve full time.
Often grandparents have to take care of over 10 grandchildren for his or her children. This is in spite of a lack of a proper income. This is not a story telling or imagination, it’s the truth. There is real poverty which is not openly spoken out or openly written out for the developed world to understand. Because for the little we get hand to mouth for our families, then are diverted to vulnerable needy in need of our help and care in the community population. Our pocket always reads; bankrupt, haha! Note that, these are life cycle nature which can never wait or be changed neither be diverted for hold, making an emergency trip to the shops to get pads or tampons and found no shops or the money you have was too little to afford them.
How our Program Helps
Understand our experience pain urgently out of your daily budget any moment on your way walking in community someone getting to you unexpectedly; you know what?, please help me with $0.5 am in my blood period. In a day, you can be approached by three or four or sometimes even ten people. Remember this is not budgeted for even in our foundation we had never got a solid budgetary financial support for fully implementing our charitable objectives. We mobilize resources among ourselves, families, friends, volunteers and well-wishers to cater for required needs to our program of providing sanitary towels.
The sanitary towels are distributed once every month to our meaningful initiative project which we serve.
We request and invite you to donate the little you have to help in supporting in this project.