Former Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko offered to rescue many vulnerable girls in Kwale after their plight was highlighted on a Citizen TV feature.
The impeached governor said he was moved by how the girls in the Kinango area were forced to improvise papers and rags as alternatives for sanitary pads since they couldn’t afford sanitary pads.
“Since I have sufficient stocks in our stores, yesterday I dispatched 32,000 pieces of sanitary towels and 14,000 pieces of infant diapers to my Kwale office for onward distribution of Kinango area with the aid of local leadership through the office of Kinango MP Benjamin Tayari,” Sonko said.
Due to the urgency of the matter, Sonko sent the donations through air transport to Mombasa from where they would be ferried to Kwale.
The ex-governor lauded Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya for ensuring pads were available to all public schools before the learning institutions were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the cooperation the county officers gave to his team.
Statistics by fsg.org indicate that about 65 percent of girls and women can’t afford sanitary towels in Kenya.
Lack of enough resources and poverty make girls and young women unable to access important healthcare services and products.
To reduce the prices of sanitary products in Kenya and improve access to menstrual hygiene, the government revoked added tax on sanitary towels.
The lack of menstrual products often stops girls from going to schools when they are on their monthly period.
Due to this, many women in rural areas use homemade substitutes for industrially produced sanitary pads.
A 12-year old girl from England completed an extraordinary feat in April 2121 by walking 188 km in a fundraising effort to help fight poverty in Kenya.
At the end of her 6-day walk, the girl had raised Sh1 million for a charity in Tharaka Nithi County.