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Re-useable Feminine Hygiene Kits for School Girls in Kenya
Can you imagine not being able to go to school because there are no menstrual products to be had? This is the case in many places in Nairobi, Kenya as well as many other countries around the world.
The women of Soroptimist International of Surrey/Delta did not let the pandemic stop them from continuing to improve the lives of women and girls. The club recently shipped 420 feminine hygiene kits to their sister club in Nairobi who will distribute the hygiene supplies to schoolgirls in Kenya. The kits are handmade and contain a drawstring bag with 8 washable/re-useable pads, 2 pad holders, 2 pairs of panties and a facecloth/bar of soap.
This is in response to Soroptimist International of Nairobi Central’s commitment to educating girls and women on menstrual hygiene management and sourcing for sanitary kits for needy girls. The project aims to foster gender-equitable environment that supports girl’s menstrual health and school attendance. During the menstruation hygiene sessions, violence prevention, conflict and parent-child communication skills are demonstrated to foster strong relations between pupils, parents and teachers.
No more period shame! “I now feel confident to come to school every day, I am not afraid of menstruation shame like it happened to one of the girls in my class. She has never come back to school after the ridicule by boys when her dress was messed with blood stains.” said Njeri, a class 8 pupil after receiving her feminine hygiene kit.
Providing the hygiene kits to Nairobi students was the first step in the project. The next step is to teach women in Kenya how to sew the kits, and by working hand-in-hand with Nairobi, the Surrey-Delta Soroptimists are helping to empower girls to ensure uninterrupted school attendance for all girls’ even during the dreaded menstruating days.
Soroptimist International President Sharon Fisher, and member of Soroptimist International of the Langleys, says, “The stories we can tell about our collective impact on the lives of women and girls across the globe, will find us in the company of many who are inspired to learn and support our mission. We can be the messenger that brings the complex global issues into focus and aligns them with the programme work of our Federations and clubs.”
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