Sanitary Pads Distribution Project Launched

Dubbed ‘Titilin’, the project expects to benefit girls in the County as most of them are forced to stay away from school during their menstrual cycle for lack of sanitary towels.

Kachapin who was the chief guest at the launch, urged parents to provide their daughters with the essential towels.

She said the initiatives to supply girls with sanitary towels should not be construed to mean that parents should abdicate their responsibilities, but should be seen as measures to sensitize parents that lack of the item affects girl child education.

She proposed that counties allocate annual education budgets to buy the sanitary pads.

Kachapin who initiated the project said she was inspired by the plight of needy girls in the rural areas who missed school for 12 weeks every year for lack of pads.

Josephine said she intends to raise one million pads every year to cater for all school girls in the County.

She said many individuals and organizations have engaged in similar initiatives in the past but hers was unique in the sense that she would follow up on distribution and use in all twenty wards.

Kachapin added that the towels are not available in the ‘manyattas’ and most girls have to travel all the way to urban centers to buy them.

Majority of the girls cannot afford the sanitary pads.

During the launch at Siyoi primary school about 15, 000 packets of sanitary pads were donated to school going girls in Siyoi ward.

By Bonareri Samaha

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