Project Detail: Pad Campaign
To capture on the spirits of many writers like Abigail Higgins write up with a heading “Having a period is unaffordable in Kenya,yet no one wants to talk about it,” published on the 5th January 2017 talks of young teens confirming a statistics that 1 in 10 girls in sub Saharan Africa are missing school during menstruation.
We took this up as a challenge following a recent statistic report and write up in Kenya by Sicily K. Kariuki the Health Cabinet secretary in Kenya as of the publishing of this article dated 26th May 2018 by Nation and I qoute:-
“Furthermore,the Ministry of health study shows that more than half of Kenyan girls had challenges with access to menstrual hygiene products like sanitary pads. Other studies found that in Kibera,65 percent of women have traded sex for sanitary pads (FAWE,2011). In Western Kenya,10 percent of young adolescent girls admitted to transactional sex for pads (Philips-Howard et al,2015).Lack of adequate water,poor sanitation and hygiene facilities at schools,work and in public spaces is another burden in maintaining normalcy during periods.”
This campaign is an answer to the teen girls and the menstrual issues illustrated,with a theme “No girl should miss a class because of periods” we do pad mobilization using our network,social media and buying,then redistribute the same to schools we visit after due search and diligence of schools that are needy. Just as the articles portray the issue is not only a slum problem but also rural with sad stories of girls using self made pads from old blankets and sponge,we supply such girls after identifying them with pads to cater a few months. The campaigns runs in schools,orphanages and even the rescue centres we visit. All kinds of partnership are welcome to make such campaigns a success.