17 June 2012

Kenya: Isiolo Girls Miss School Over Sanitary Towels

HUNDREDS of girls from Daaba Primary School in Isiolo county drop out of school due to lack of sanitary towels during menstrual period. Female teachers in the school yesterday said at least five girls drop out of school every month due to lack of sanitary towels.

The teachers and pupils spoke during a meeting with the management of Sarova Shaba Lodge who donated sanitary pads to the girls to mark the day of the African Child.

Sarova Shaba Restaurant and beverage manager Joy Maina said the lodge managers have taken up the initiative and would continue to pool resources together and provide the sanitary pads on a monthly basis to the girls. Maina was stunned to hear that girls as young as 10-years-old abandon schools due to the lack of sanitary pads during their menstrual flow. She encouraged the girls to work hard to improve their lives. She called on girls to stop shying away from their natural growth adding that the lodge will continue to provide them with the towels and motivational talks.

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