There are over 28,362 primary and 8,625 secondary schools in Kenya respectively with a population of over 11,869,138 students (MOET,2014). Out of this population, there are about 4,059,000 whom are adolescents and are likely facing the challenges related to MHM. Findings done in western Kenya indicate that majority of rural Kenyan primary schools toilets are insufficient for menstrual hygiene management need of menstruating girls. These results to
- Education: Girls skip school during their cycle, they may have reduced concentration in class and this increases in school dropout rate
- Economics: Sex for Pads
- Health: Use of improvised menstrual hygiene materials leading to infections
- Dignity: Girls suffer from discomfort, enduring teasing and shaming and suffering exclusion from every-day activities.
At Nyakundi Foundation, we are raising funds to help 5,000 needy girls in 9 schools based in Nairobi, Kisii and Nyamira access pads. The funds raised will be used to buy the requisite towels which will be donated to the select schools on October 11, 2021 which is the International Day of the Girl Child.