British based Boo charity has acted to address the problem of a Kenyan girls missing school by funding a month’s supply of sanitary towels for 70 girls in Nyamache Seed of Hope Centre, as well as committing to continue providing them on an on-going basis.
Despite menstruation being one of the biggest reasons why adolescent girls fail to attend school, the topic often ignored.
According to Femme International, every month Kenyan girls will miss an average of 4 days of school, adding up to about 20% of the school year as a result of the limited access these girls have to sanitary pads.
There is a lack of knowledge and education about the changes girls face during puberty, which perpetuates embarrassment, discomfort and a lack of proper hygiene.
Some female students in Kenya will fail to attend school or go home early due to the unsuitable cloths they use as a substitute to sanitary pads.
in some cases, these girls have been exploited or abused for simply trying to find means to buy menstrual health provision. The provision of the sanitary towels is of extreme value for the teenage girls and the charity hopes their work will have a direct effect on their attendance and self-esteem.