We create sustainable change by empowering community-based organizations across Kenya to be agents of change in the lives of the girls in their community.
Over the past four years, we worked with 14 local partner organizations across Kenya to equip over 10,000 girls each year with sanitary pads, tie on cotton underwear, and reproductive health education.
Through this program, we also provided partners with capacity building workshops, and trainings on menstrual health management and sexual and reproductive health and rights, while sharing best practices to implement child protection policies through a human rights lens.
Beginning in 2018, we will centralize our community-based work in Kilifi, Kenya which ranks third in severity of poverty out of Kenya’s 47 counties. In 2017, Kilifi recorded the highest rates of teenage pregnancy, child marriage, incidences of sexual predation and abuse by older men, and rates of child-to-child sexual abuse, indicating a significant need for interventions at the community level.
Hear from one of our beneficiaries:
Partnership Program Feedback:
With the increased information, our partners learned through our trainings and subsequently imparted to girls, girls reported increased knowledge about their bodies, their reproductive systems, and their human rights.
Ninety-five percent of our program participants reported feeling better able to manage their periods so they can stay in school, and also reported feeling better able to say no to negative peer pressure.
Information gleaned from our trainings helped to dispel misconceptions and myths related to menstruation.
Our support had a multiplying effect as the information girls received extended to their friends, siblings, relatives and even their parents.
Our partners now have a better understanding of what the girls they work with are experiencing, and can find solutions to support them.
This 2016 media clip from NPR highlights the work of our Partnership Program. In the photo you will see our Programs team leading a lesson to show girls how to use a sanitary pad.