On our many trips to different schools, one thing that constantly came up was the lack of sanitary products and proper sanitation. Most schools had very basic pit latrines with no access to running water or proper places to dispose sanitary products.
We found out that many girls stayed at home during their periods because they couldn't afford sanitary pads. And this led to absenteeism which meant they were always having to play catch-up and it negatively affected their school performance.
A study sponsored by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that approximately 65% of women and girls in Kenya are unable to afford sanitary pads. Other studies have shown that many girls drop out of school when they hit menarche and many miss up to 5 days of school every month.
In partnering with AFRIpads, RKF will guarantee that the girls in the schools we work with will never have to miss school because they don’t have access to sanitary pads.
How you can help:
For KES 500/- (US$5) you can sponsor a Menstrual Kit that will last one girl for at least 12 months. If you wish to become an annual sponsor, you can subscribe to ensure that every year a girl will have access to a kit and stay in school.