Laurel Schaffer wrote -
Girl Power in rural Kenya! Life changing access to health care for at-risk girls.
I am passionate about this issue and thrilled to announce the launch of a pilot project that I've been working on since April. Please join me and we will make a difference for young women who stand at the crossroads of life.
If you are a girl in rural Siaya County, Kenya, one of East Africa's poorest regions--you are, by definition, vulnerable. Many, if not most, young women here reach their late teens with the deck stacked against them: orphaned, HIV+, and desperately poor.
In the Spring of 2011, I volunteered for Tiba Foundation, an organization that has been building community health care in rural Kenya since 2004. I traveled to Kenya to research the viability of a medical services and health insurance program specifically designed for this at-risk demographic. It was an immersive experience! You can read the story of that life-changing trip here.
Since that time, along with my fellow volunteer, Anne Taupier, I have helped Tiba develop an innovative pilot program targeting 90 girls at the Lifunga Girls School with health education, medical coverage at a local clinic that is funded by Tiba, screening (HPV, cervical, breast), sanitary pads, shoes, and school uniforms. The annual cost for all these services is $115 per girl.
Our plan is to launch this program in early February 2012, but we need your help. The $1500 I am trying to raise from my friends and family is the exact amount still needed to greenlight the project. Thank you for your kind support!