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“Keeping Girls in School-Ending the Period of Shame”

The 1st Lady of Makueni County in collaboration with the Office of the Deputy Governor, the Ministry of Gender, Youth & Social Services and the Ministry of Education and Civic Education is spearheading the initiative: “Keeping Girls in School-Ending the Period of Shame” in ten (10) pilot primary schools in six Sub-counties.The broad objective of this project is to provide sanitary towels and underwear to needy school girls from disadvantaged families in Makueni County.

The first annual 1st Lady’s Fundraising Dinner for Sanitary Towels was held on Friday 30th 2014 at Kusyombunguo Hotel in Makueni. We also conducted psychoeducation and community health trainings for parents and teachers in 10 pilot schools in all the six sub-counties in Makueni.The official launch of “Keeping Girls in School-Ending the Period of Shame”project will take place on Monday June 16th at Kikongooni Primary School in Kaiti Sub-county as we also celebrate the Day of the African Child Celebrations.We, therefore,request you to join us on Friday 13th June 2014 at Sarova Panafric Hotel for the second 1st Lady’s Annual Fundraising Dinner for Sanitary Towels Why get involved:I always panic when this time comes, I remember the pain I go through when I do not have pads and I have to use pieces of old clothes.

When I use pieces of old clothes I get some bruises and burns, walking is difficult and it is very uncomfortable, during this time I want to be alone. This makes me feel very uncomfortable especially when the piece of cloth gets out of place or get soaked. I recall one day when the piece of cloth got out of place while I was in the school compound with other pupils, it was so embarrassing trying to put it back in place without raising eyebrows. Other girls made fun of me, it spread to the whole school and every one especially the boys laughed at me….. I wanted to drop out of school”-Mueni (not her real name).The 1st Lady of Makueni therefore calls upon you to support this charitable fundraising dinner as a great way of supporting the initiative of “Keeping Girls’ in School-Ending the Period of Shame”. Together Let us Keep our Girls in School and End the Period of Shame!