Mama Ibado Charity has extended its sanitary pads and pants donation drive to the Kenyan Coastal counties in a bid to reach out to more needy girls and redeem their dignity.
The Charity organization has Monday announced it will begin supporting girls at Alwalidayn Girls Rescue Center with the provision of sanitary towels and undergarments.
“MIC is proud to be involved with this cause of ending period poverty in Kenya. Our collaboration with Alwalydayn will ensure that girls will receive an annual supply of sanitary towels,” said MIC Vice President, Mariam Ahmed.
The Kwale-based child-care residential institution houses 150 infant to teen girls who are orphaned, abused, trafficked and forced into early marriages.
Currently, the rescue centre has 45 girls who are menstruating with each requiring a minimum of two and a maximum of five packets of pads a month. This number the centre CEO says is expected to rise, piling expense pressure.
“Aside from the basic needs that are adequately provided for and all the children’s rights are met, the provision of sanitary towels is an expensive affair. Thus, the collaboration with Mama Ibado Charity will relieve the load and worry of catering for the sanitary towels and whatever provision of the budget that was set aside for it could be used to cater for other expenses such as academic materials, clothing among other basic items,” said Center CEO, Fatma Bakthir.
Alwalidayn offers girls all basic needs and equips them with academic and economic knowledge to help them navigate through life once they exit the centre.
Aviation company, 748 Air Services on their part has donated plane tickets to Mama Ibado Charity in support of this cause of keeping the girl child in school.
Recently, Fly 748 flew the MIC team to participate in the distribution of sanitary towels to more than 300 girls in Kakamega County.
In addition, 748 Air services and staff have donated over Ksh 500,000 ($5000) in funding on a monthly basis to provide balanced meals for seniors in Isiolo and Kakamega Counties.
“748 Air services are playing a role towards achieving UN SDG goal number 2 of zero hunger, goal number 4 -Quality education-by levelling the playing field such that the girl child can stay in school and also receive quality education. I would also like to inform our esteemed clients that by flying “Fly 748” you are indirectly contributing towards achieving the above SDG goals.” said Ahmed Jibril, MIC Founder and Chairman 748 Air Services.