Provision of Sanitary Towels

At Darren Hart Foundation, we are dedicated to empowering adolescent girls by providing them with the tools they need to safely navigate puberty and fulfill their potential. One crucial aspect of our work is the provision of sanitary towels and reproductive health education to girls in slums, children’s homes and schools. Collaborating with generous sponsors, we aim to support girls from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with annual packs of sanitary towels, thereby reducing absenteeism from school and mitigating the risk of poor academic performance.

In Kenya today, menstruation is not just a health concern; it’s also an educational policy concern. It has emerged as a key factor in the country’s efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of eliminating gender disparity in primary and secondary education. Unfortunately, the lack of access to menstrual products has far-reaching consequences for adolescent girls across the country, particularly those in urban town slums and the marginalised rural communities.

Statistics reveal a stark reality: a significant number of girls in Kenya face challenges related to menstruation. Many cannot afford sanitary towels and resort to using unhygienic alternatives, such as old rags or leaves, putting their health at risk. As a result, they often miss school during their menstrual cycles, leading to increased absenteeism and poor academic performance. Moreover, the stigma surrounding menstruation exacerbates the situation, causing girls to feel ashamed and isolated.

The repercussions of inadequate menstrual hygiene management extend beyond education. Girls who miss school due to menstruation are at higher risk of dropping out altogether. In some cases, they may be forced into early marriages as families struggle to meet their basic needs. The dreams and aspirations of these girls are shattered, perpetuating the cycle of poverty and inequality.

At Darren Hart Foundation, we believe that every girl deserves access to menstrual products and comprehensive reproductive health education. By addressing the menstrual hygiene needs of adolescent girls, we can empower them to stay in school, pursue their dreams, and break the cycle of poverty. Together, let’s ensure that no girl is left behind because of a lack of sanitary towels. It’s time to prioritize menstrual health and education for all.

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