Meet Faith, who at just 17 years old takes care of her six siblings—three of which are girls—ages 15, 14, and 10. Faith’s mother died suddenly a few years ago, and she has never met her father.
In between long days of school and chores, Faith farms to support her family, while protecting her sisters in a community where rape and forced early marriage are all too common.
Faith faces an additional challenge – having to provide the tools she and her sisters need to manage their periods so they can stay in school – while surviving on less than $3 a day.
We train a local organization in Faith’s community to provide rights-based health education and to implement child protection policies, so she and her sisters can learn about their health and human rights.
Through this organization, we also deliver a yearlong supply of sanitary pads so the girls can stay in school during menstruation - so Faith won’t have to choose between buying bread and buying pads.
As Faith says,“we no longer miss school or worry about our periods! I no longer have to factor this expense into my budget, and we can all feel confident in class because we are protected.”