It is not uncommon to find girls using leaves, old used rags, newspaper, bits of mattress stuffing or even mud to create some form of protection to use when they have their periods. Consequently this means they don’t go to school, they lose out on their development, and they definitely don’t do sport. Mary saves up her own money, and when she has enough, she buys sanitary pads and donates them to the girls. We want to help Mary to achieve her ambition of getting more sanitary pads to more girls in Kenya.
It costs 45p to buy a pack of 8 sanitary pads. Each pack can last the girl the full period.
If you feel passionate about this and want to help change lives make a donation by clicking on this link and quote “SANITARY PADS KENYA.” All money donated will go directly to Mary to purchase and distribute pads.
Here’s her story in her own words; we are so proud to know her.
“Am Mary Emoit from a village in Kenya found in Bungoma County named Kabkara. I grew up from Kabkara and schooled there right from primary school to secondary school then later I joined the university of Nairobi where am pursuing Bachelors of Commerce. I started helping a girl child from my village in 2010 when I visited home then I found one of my neighbour’s daughter had not attended the school and when I approached her she told me she was sick. I offered to take her to hospital now that I knew the parents well, while on our way the girl disclosed to me her problems. She said she was on her periods but unlucky enough she can’t attend school due to lack of sanitary pads. Apparently she calls it cotton and she told me the teacher is aware of her absenture and almost a few girls can afford cotton or even they use leaves to control the flow. I was really shocked because during our time we started at high school and it was provided by parents because it was a requirement.
I decided to go to the nearby shop that is 2km and bought the sanitary towels and brought it to the girl. The following morning when I visited the school to inquire for more I found Janet in her class. I decided to talk to the fellow girls and the story was same. Since then I have been donating pads to them through my pocket money. After three months I supply like 136 box of pads for them not to miss their lesson because I know there future is bright. I love charity since then because the moment I visit the girls they have never missed school unless I miss to support them and in their career they have really improved.
Although the number is increasing to 210 girls I may need help but so far am a role model to them and I have taught them to share the little they have.”