I have always wanted to do this project but I didn’t know where to start or how to go about it. Growing up I have seen how some girls who came from humble backgrounds struggled to get sanitary towels.
So I sat down and gave this project a deep thought and I decided to visit a nearby public school on Monday and enquire some more about how the situation is like, on reaching there I talked to the Head teacher of the school and I told him about the project I wanted to do and that’s when he told me how much he struggles to get sanitary towels for the needy girls. He also mentioned that most of the kids come from very humble backgrounds.
He told me that most of these girls miss school when it’s that time of the month and they stay at home until their period is over and they end up missing a lot in school. The sad part is that some of these girls get really desperate to a point they end up looking for men who will buy them the sanitary towel and in exchange they sleep with them and this has contributed to early marriages and early teenage pregnancies.
He told me he has about fifty needy girls who need sanitary towels and the number keeps increasing as the young girls keep growing older. He said he mobilizes his collegues and they raise some money to buy the sanitary towels for the girls but it’s never enough, most are the times the girls are forced to stay at home.
He told me he needs at least fifty packets of sanitary towels every month to keep the girls in school.
I later went to town to enquire more about the prices, one pack of the sanitary towels costs ksh. 65 but if bought in wholesale it’s cheaper. There is a bundle that has 24 packets inside and it costs ksh. 1,370, so roughly the school needs like three bundles every month for the girls. So roughly if we were to do this project it will be costing us ksh. 4,110.
So I told my bosses about this project and they liked and approved it. They also went ahead and looked for donors and fortunately they got one.
Today I went to town and bought the sanitary towels from the wholesaler and then later I went to the school to deliver them to the girls. Unfortunately some of the needy girls were not in school because they were sent home to go and bring money for school lunch, so I gave the sanitary to the needy girls who were present, and then when the other girls get back, the head teacher will call me to go and give them the remaining sanitary towels.
The girls were very happy to receive the sanitary towels because now, that was a problem solved, they don’t have to worry anymore about missing school when it’s that time of the month. The teachers were also very grateful to HFN for supporting their girls.
Your support is much appreciated by everyone.
Thank you very much.