Ahimsa Empowers 400 Girls at Kiwanjani Primary School with Year-Long Supply of Sanitary Pads

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Ahimsa, a beacon of social responsibility, recently made a remarkable contribution to the lives of 400 underprivileged girls at Kiwanjani Primary School in Isiolo, Kenya. On March 28th, 2024, Ahimsa donated a year’s supply of sanitary pads, ensuring these young girls can attend school with dignity and confidence throughout the year.
Valentine Chege, Ahimsa’s Community Lead, gifting girls with Sanitary Pads.

The Devastating Impact of Period Poverty

Menstrual hygiene remains a critical issue globally, with many underprivileged girls lacking access to sanitary pads. Statistics reveal a staggering reality: In Kenya alone, a staggering 65 percent of women and girls cannot afford sanitary pads, and a shocking 42 percent of school-going girls have never used sanitary pads (Source : Mpesa Foundation). This lack of access leads to a multitude of negative consequences.

  • Absenteeism: When girls lack sanitary pads, they are forced to miss school days, hindering their academic progress and overall educational attainment.
  • Health Risks: Improvised or unhygienic alternatives can lead to infections and urogenital health complications.
  • Social Stigma: Period poverty can lead to social isolation and shame, impacting a girl’s mental and emotional well-being.

Ahimsa’s Empowering Initiative

Ahimsa’s generous donation directly addresses these challenges. By providing a year’s supply of sanitary pads, they ensure the 400 girls at Kiwanjani Primary School can:

  • Attend School Regularly: With access to sanitary pads, these girls can stay in school and focus on their education without disruptions.
  • Maintain Good Hygiene: Sanitary pads allow them to manage their menstrual cycle hygienically, reducing the risk of infections.
  • Feel Confident and Empowered: Access to basic necessities like sanitary pads fosters confidence and dignity, allowing girls to fully participate in school activities.

A ripple effect of positive change

Ahimsa’s initiative extends beyond immediate benefits. It empowers these girls to stay educated and pursue their dreams. This, in turn, can contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty and creating a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

Investing in the Future

Ahimsa’s commitment to social responsibility serves as a powerful example. Their donation highlights the importance of addressing menstrual hygiene needs and investing in the education and well-being of girls. By ensuring access to sanitary pads, we empower girls to reach their full potential and create a more equitable and healthy society.

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