These two NGOs are Partnering to End Period Poverty in Kenya

August 30, 2022

Two Non-profit and Non-Governmental Organizations namely Inua Dada Foundation and Mama Ibado Charity (MIC) have partnered to bring to an end period poverty in Kenya.

The two signed a 1-year partnership that goes towards advocacy for the girl-child and ending period poverty.

According to research, about 1 million school-going girls in Kenya miss out on education because of their inability to find period products. Besides, some girls, especially those in slum areas, have fallen victim to period shame which has taken a toll on their wellbeing.

Founded by media personality Janet Mbugua, The Inua Dada Foundation is one that works towards having a global community that looks into empowering, upholding the dignity of girls, protecting their rights, and extending that to their caregivers.

IDF has a safe space in Nairobi’s Korogocho slums. Here, girls, get access to free sanitary towels, undergarments, and other period-related resources during their monthly periods. The center also has a room that lets teen moms to leave their children as they go to school.

On the other hand, Mama Ibado Charity is a non-profit and NGO that works towards restoring dignity and hope to senior citizens.

Part of the 1-year partnership includes ksh.100,000 donated by Mama Ibado Charity to Inua Dada Foundation. The money will go towards providing two hundred school-going girls who miss out on school during their monthly periods with an annual supply of sanitary pads.

The MIC Executive VC Mariam Ahmed revealed that the NGO has supplied more than 350,000 sanitary towels to two thousand girls in Kakamega and Isiolo counties.

We want to significantly reduce these high numbers through strategic partnerships like the one we have signed today and many more that will give us the largest reach to vulnerable girl children across the country,” said the executive VC.

Janet Mbugua, a mother of 2 beautiful boys and a gender equality advocate, mentioned the significance of the partnership in promoting menstrual equality as well as dignity amongst girls and teenage moms.

MIC is a worthy partner and we believe that in the coming months, more young girls and women with periods will no longer miss out on their rights because they can’t access the means to manage menstruation,” she said.

MIC has reached 50% more girls in 2022 than in 2021. That is 200 more from last year’s 400. The charity is currently targeting to reach 10,000 girls in Kenya in the coming decade.




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