A smattering of years ago, I was sitting in class at the Parklands Arya. The first of several schools I attended in my day.
I’m sure I had no lunch money because we never had lunch money or lunch for that matter.
Tough times and I know if you have followed me long enough, I have repeated
my growing up tales, ad nauseam. Stay with me. Please.
Over the years, thankfully, life flips and empowering school-going kids, especially girls has been of utmost importance to me.
I know first hand how it feels to miss school every ‘that time of the month’ because none of your family can afford sanitary towels.
And I know first hand how it is trying to get through a Maths class on an empty stomach.
Earlier today, my office and I left for Heshima Primary School in Shauri Moyo for the first “Never miss a period because of your periods” initiative.
This initiative is my small ‘giving back ‘ to the community and is targeted at keeping girls in school. One school at a time.
The visit was eventful and after interacting with the girls on matters hygiene, sexuality and academics we donated a little over 1500 packets of sanitary pads.
We will also be delivering dry foods and drinking water to the school to supplement their meals in additional to helping out exceptional cases in settling their school fees based on an agreed working formula with the school.
In the near future, we shall make it an open forum so that anyone who wants to accompany us can do so.
A special appreciation to the School Administration for welcoming us so graciously, African Cotton Industries for supplying us with the sanitary pads and to Njeri Wa Migwi for being everything you are.
African Cotton Industries for supplying us with the sanitary pads.
Till next time;