Nyeri slum girls get free sanitary towels to enhance school attendance
29 September 2016, 16:43
Nairobi - More than 800 school girls from vulnerable families living in slums within Nyeri town have benefited with free sanitary towels and a pair of underwear donated by Procter and Gamble Company.
The initiative dubbed ‘Always Keeping Girls in School’ aims to reduce absenteeism and improve girls’ academic performance.
The company’s director, Mary Ndung’u said the program targets the teenage girls in the interior parts of the country, adding that so far 15 counties have benefited.
“We are providing them with free sanitary towels that will serve them for one year. The program started ten years ago and we have already donated eight million sanitary pads,” she said at DEB Muslim Primary school in Nyeri town.
In the year 2016/17, Ndung’u said, more than 12,000 girls from over 100 schools will be reached countrywide.
The young girls were also sensitized on puberty and hygiene maintenance.
“Provision of free sanitary towels and puberty education will increase time spent in school because at present most girls lose 25 percent of their school time during menses,” Ndung’u further noted.
Speaking at the same forum, Nyeri First lady Margaret Karungaru decried that girls suffer from stigma and embarrassment during menstruation and puberty.
“Girls get low self-esteem during menstruation and affect their relationship with others. But with interventions by private sector and other stakeholders the gaps will be reduced by providing basic needs,” Karungaru said.
After receiving the towels the girls’ excitement grew among them as they shouted with joy
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