Educate the nation. Keep the girl child in school.

We have partnered with Inua Dada to supply free sanitary pads to school girls across Marigat, Baringo County and provided 4,000 free packets of sanitary pads. This is sufficient for 450 girls for an entire year. We also supported Inua Dada and Red Cross in re-packaging donations into easy hand-outs for the 10,000 girls receiving donations, inserting information flyers in all hand-outs and delivering the pads from Nairobi to Marigat.

In a televised interview, African Cotton Director Khalil Anjarwalla said, “Sanitary pads are an essential commodity that gives girls the comfort and confidence they need to learn uninterrupted. These less privileged girls miss up to six weeks of learning each year because their families cannot afford sanitary pads. This is severely impeding girls’ education and empowerment of women throughout Kenya. It is our responsibility to help where we can and Inua Dada is one of many incredible initiatives, that raise awareness and allow the public to channel support for this critical cause.”

We are the only manufacturer of sanitary pads in Kenya and a key player in fighting this issue nationally. The company is part of the National Sanitary Towels Coordination Committee. The committee is a lobby initiated by the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Education Science and Technology. It budgets for the provision of free sanitary pads to primary school girls. Two hundred million shillings was set aside to provide over 500,000 girls with an annual supply of sanitary pads in the budget of 2013. This is a first for any Government across the world.
Through Inua Dada initiative approx. 360,000 school days (1,000 school years) of absenteeism can be saved through the provision of sanitary pads.

It is exciting to see momentum build up around this initiative; however there is still a long way to go. Reports from Girl Child Network Kenya and World Health Organisation state that the need is for over two and a half million girls, both in primary and secondary schools. It is initiatives like Inua Dada that help close this gap.

Through Inua Dada initiative approx. 360,000 school days (1,000 school years) of absenteeism can be saved through the provision of sanitary pads
It is exciting to see momentum build up around this initiative; however there is still a long way to go. Reports from Girl Child Network Kenya and World Health Organisation state that the need is for over two and a half million girls, both in primary and secondary schools. It is initiatives like Inua Dada that help close this gap.
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