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About the project

The Challenge

Statistics indicate that 65% of women and girls in Kenya cannot afford sanitary pads while 42% of school-going girls have never used sanitary pads. Most of them seek unhygienic homemade alternatives such as rags, pieces of mattress, blankets, tissue paper and cotton wool. Additionally, some school-going girls miss up to 25% of a school year due to periods.

The Intervention

M-PESA Foundation committed KES 22.5 million to support 30,000 girls with sexual and reproductive health education as well as menstrual care packs. Additionally, 10,000 adolescent boys were equipped with menstruation, sexual reproductive health and life skills as well as boy packs.

The Impact

Girls can attend all their classes even during their menstrual cycle ensuring that they are not left behind in learning. Teenage girls are no longer put to shame as they are safeguarded through improved menstrual hygiene and adolescent sexual reproductive health education.

Pillars

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Education

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