By Lydia Gichuki
Heels4Pads Foundation in partnership with Cigna donated a digital pads dispenser to Dagoretti Special School that will cover each menstruating girl with pads for 3 years.
Each girl will have access to pads using a unique individual identification card.
Speaking during the launch, Munira Twahir, Founder and process innovator of Ari Dispenser said the card dubbed ‘confidence card’ has a unique ID that collects data on the uptake of pads for each student and is customized for each student’s needs.
Edward Macharia, the headteacher of Dagoretti Special School, said has 160 special needs students, 96 of them being girls.
The initiative aims to raise and amplify awareness of period poverty while empowering women and girls to advance gender equality and equity through the menstrual health approach.
Joan Gitau, a Cigna Community Ambassador Fellow said, the idea of launching a pads dispenser for special needs children was inspired by the fact that most attention goes to the slum areas, while special needs children get left behind.
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Heels4Pads initiative founded by Monicah Muhoya, Angela Waweru and Angela Muiruri is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign under Sister Speaks Global.
65 percent of women in Kenya are unable to afford menstrual products and education to manage their periods with ease. 42 percent of Kenyan school girls use rags, blankets, pieces of mattress, tissue paper, and cotton wool instead of sanitary pads.