Exciting news! The seamstresses in Kenya have completed sewing the 230 kits, which will be distributed to girls in a few days.
In the meantime, Margaret, our project lead on the ground, visited Kitile primary school last week and met with 36 girls in Grades 5, 6 and 7. She trained them on menstrual hygiene, different period products and how to use and dispose of them. We are told that students were very attentive and asked many intelligent questions. They were issued sticky notes so they could ask questions anonymously.
From this first session, it was clear that many of the girls have inadequate knowledge about menstruation, partly because of the secrecy and stigma that surrounds it. It was also clear that the lack of sanitary pads is a key barrier to optimal menstrual hygiene management.
Kenya Connect staff will continue to deliver training in the next two weeks before distributing the kits, which are being cleaned and packed.