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Sanitary towels & undergarments for disadvantaged young women. This program caters to 700 young women ensuring they remain in school during their monthly periods. This program won 2nd prize in 2010 Outside the Box Prize from Kansas University USA emerging from a pool of 309 entries from 42 countries. (Please find a copy of winning certificate attached) Follow this link to learn more http://ctb.ku.edu/en/out_of_the_box/finalists/Finalist9.aspx

Since 2007 our award-winning sanitary towels programs have provided over 10,000 needy girls with menstrual hygiene supplies. In 2012 we switched to reusable pads, and have given reusable kits to 1,888 girls. In 2016, our team was trained by Sister’s Act-USA how to make reusable pads. We have run a successful prototype, and our plan is to source for local partners to enable us to set up a large sewing center for making reusable, washable, eco-friendly menstrual pads in Kiambu.

Infected/ Affected by HIV/ AIDS" received Second Prize in the global Out of the Box prize for community innovation. Learn about Fountain of Hope Center in Kenya's innovative efforts to meet the needs of children in their community and to help girls stay in school. Fountain of Hope's "Sanitary Towels Project to Girls Orphaned by AIDS/ Girls in Extreme Poverty & Education Support to Children.

~ CTB, Community Tool Box

UPDATE 2016:

Our mission is to ensure no girl misses school during her periods for lack of menstrual hygiene supplies. We strive to provide cost and eco-friendly reusable sanitary pads. We also aim to end menstrual stigma and engage men is MHM awareness. During our distribution activities, we bring girls together for training sessions of about four hours and equip them with knowledge in personal hygiene, reproductive health education, sex rights and career mentorship.

This program was not premeditated. One afternoon in 2007, a poor single mother brought her daughter to our center for counseling. Her daughter had bled through a makeshift menstrual pad messing badly her school dress. Filled with shame, she had lost the dignity and had chosen to stay away from school. On this day, James and Grace were handing out food donations to disadvantaged families and stopped their exercise to attend the young lady. They managed to counsel her back to school and bought her one-month supply of sanitary pads. The following month she returned, and the team contributed a small amount of money to buy her another packet of sanitary pads. On the third month, she returned with five friends who have also been suffering in silence. This is how the program was born.

Now, the program provides sanitary towels and undergarments to over one thousand young women annually, and over 50 new requests are coming in every single month. In this way, we are not merely assisting disadvantaged girls and maintaining the human rights cause of personal dignity, but also supporting them with academic attendance and graduation and so increasing socio-economic development of the region. The program has won several accolades which include:

  • the Second place in the 2010 “Out-of-the-Box” competition hosted by the University of Kansas, USA;
  • the 2013 Australian “TravelGiver Challenge;”
  • a Top ten global finalist in the 2015 “Community Tool Box” competition from the University of Kansas.

With the help of government officers like chiefs, school heads, the church and the community leaders, the organization identifies needy young women especially in rural and remote villages for enrolment in our program. Because our resources are little, we strive to ensure that we select the neediest girls as beneficiaries of our work.

This program’s mission is multifaceted—we provide a sustainable and eco-friendly solution to fix the gaps in menstrual hygiene management and educate the community on dangers of plastic dumping. For many years, the program has provided girls with disposable menstrual hygiene supplies, then we realized it solved one problem and opened another one. The lack of proper facilities for disposal of menstrual waste pushes our women to throw used sanitary pads in open fields, and when it rains these are washed into our rivers to end up in our lakes and the ocean at the Kenyan coast. Sadly enough, the Sub-Saharan Africa region is one of the largest global contributors of debris in our oceans. This is why the program promotes the use of reusable sanitary pads and encourages the proper disposal of menstrual waste by promoting the culture of recycling and discouraging plastic dumping that ends up in our water bodies and destroys both marine life and humans.

Before 2015, we relied on reusable pads donated by our friends in the USA. When our team has been trained in making reusable pads, we started making pads in Kenya which has enabled us to provide for more girls and to engage more women and youths in our work. We also make kits for carrying reusable pads, which are innovatively made bags to also serve as school bags. We also give those school bags to boys as incentives to woo them for MHM sessions and a way to increase knowledge on menstrual hygiene and eradicate menstrual-related stigma and misconceptions. We believe that menstruation is not a woman-only issue because without MENstruation there is no LIFE!

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