Reusable Sanitary Towels For Girls.
Organized by: Racheal Masinde
Hi, My name is Racheal Masinde. For the last 3 years I've been doing voluntary work with various schools in Kwale country that's in Mombasa, Kenya. During this time I've had the privilege to meet and talk to many girls and boys in the secondary levels. Mostly my work was based on counseling & testing of H.I.V and also encouraging the youth to adapt early prevention methods such as Abstaining and proper use of Condoms. My biggest concern is for the girls, during this time I've seen dozens eventually dropping out of schools due to certain issues that can be easily rectified if only there was someone who could give these girls a helping hand. In African communities the subject of Mensuration is widely considered a taboo, one is lucky if they have an educated mother who can give some guidance about this very important time in a young woman's life. Many have no clue and no proper sanitary wear to help them through those few days. This reflects in their school performance, self confidence and in the long run with no one to encourage them they drop out completely. This leads to early teen age pregnancy and could be new H.I.V Infections. There is a way to try and give these girls their confidence and equal chance to stay in schools and not miss out just as the boys do. Since most families cant afford to buy a pack of disposable sanitary towels, there are reusable sanitary towels which can go a long way for them. This pack contains 4 reusable sanitary towels. 2 for light days and 2 for the heavier days. All this comes in a pretty discrete bag that the girl can carry to school and change when the need arises. Further, we can arrange for talks with the girls regarding this very important time of their life. Each pack goes for 400/ kenya shillings but it can be used for at least 1 year. They just wash and hang them out to dry. I have tried to buy a few but the demand is high because every girl has those days in the month and i can't do it alone. I will appreciate any assistance given to buy these reusable sanitary towels. Thanks in advance and God bless. Racheal Masinde.