No, you didn't miss a post on Day 1. We had a wonderful first day in Kenya, and we'll tell you more about that later. But before that, we MUST tell you about the incredible day we had on Saturday, July 6 at the Lunapads One4Her Distribution.
|One4Her donates sanitary pads to Kibera school girls|
|Kibera school girl at One4Her distribution|
As we've told you on earlier occasions, Lunapads - and its founder, Madeline Shaw - have been extremely generous to Eliminate Poverty NOW. And not just to us - they established One4Her so that their customers could help girls in Africa receive sanitary pads. It's a fantastic program. As their website explains:
For every One4Her purchase you make, Lunapads will provide a girl in need with a Uganda-made AFRIpad to support her education.
We contacted Lunapads to see whether the girls in the Kibera slum in Nairobi could be beneficiaries of the One4Her program. Madeline Shaw asked whether there were 2,000 girls who needed pads! Two thousand is a big number - our largest previous distribution had been 200 girls. So we asked Lilly - founder and director of Little Rock ECD Center, our partner in Kibera - and Lilly said, "Absolutely! We welcome the opportunity to transform so many lives."
|Kibera girls in line at One4Her distribution|
|Kibera school girls receiving kits of sanitary pads|
|Teacher Evelyne explains care of AFRIpads|
We arrived in time for the first distribution day at Little Rock. Lilly and her staff selected 2,000 school girls to receive the kits. On the first day, 300 girls came from primary schools, secondary schools, and girls' groups, including Little Rock's own girls' group. All of them are enrolled in programs that provide sex education, HIV sensitization, gender empowerment, hygeine, etc. There were 6 training sessions, each with about 50 girls.
The girls were interested, attentive, and VERY grateful for the opportunity these pads give them to stay in school. They asked telling questions. My favorite? Teacher Evelyne explained the importance of drying the pads fully in the mesh bag on the clothesline, to avoid infection. One girl (a 6th grader) asked, "Will I be able to dry them in boarding school?"
|Kibera girls learning about AFRIpads|
THANK YOU, LUNAPADS! THANK YOU ONE4HER!
A professional video of the distribution is being produced, but for now you can see what this special day was like in John's beautiful photos.