3000 pupils benefit from free sanitary pads
22 October 2014, 22:04
Vihiga - More than 3000 primary school pupils, who will sit for their national examinations in Vihiga County, had a reason to smile after Light Foundation in conjunction with the office of Vihiga First Lady Elizabeth Akaranga gave them free sanitary pads.
This is in a bid to make the girls feel comfortable as they sit for their national examinations, in exchange for better results.
The initiative was also aided by two nominated Members of County Assembly, Gladys Analo and Maureen Ambasa, who noted that they wanted girls in the region to be able to compete favourably.
“We want each and every girl in the county to be comfortable and be in a position to maintain their cleanliness as they sit for their examinations," said Analo.
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She noted that it was unfortunate that many pupils come from poor families and could not still be in a position to buy sanitary pads and they were opting to use other means to maintain their cleanliness during their monthly periods.
Mrs. Akaranga said that her office was dedicated towards making sure that the girls in the region were able to to sit for their examinations without distractions and be able to register better results.
“The astounding levels of poverty in this region have constrained our girls to live in deplorable states. As the county leaders, we are going to make sure that we come in and help them to achieve what they want by being comfortable," said Mrs. Akaranga.
Light Foundation chief executive officer Laurah Nyangasi said that it was sad seeing girls drop out of school because they could not afford to purchase sanitary pads.
She said that the foundation was seeking over KES 6 million funding so that they could be able to distribute pads to girls all over the county.
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