Residents of Ololulunga ward in Narok South have launched an initiative dubbed Sanitary Pads Drive to collect sanitary towels to benefit girls in the area.
The initiative has brought together Churches, traders and teachers concerned with the plight of girls now that schools are closed because of Covid-19 pandemic.
The aim is to collect and donate sanitary pads for underprivileged girls in the county.
Speaking during the distribution of over 1000 sanitary pads to the teenage girls, Ms. Sophie Tanki, a representative of the teachers said the initiative will also reduce cases of pregnancies in the Sub County saying girls will no longer rely on men to purchase pads for them.
“We are championing for the rights of the girl child who sometimes is faced by challenges the society does not understand. I know not every parent thinks of buying their girl child sanitary towels either because of ignorance or they cannot afford,” said Ms. Tanki.
The distribution exercise was done on Saturday in Masantare Primary school where about 500 girls benefited.
Narok Pastors fellowship Chairman Bishop Peter Nakola said it was unfortunate that the County has recorded over 5000 cases of teenage pregnancies since the closure of schools because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Most of these cases, I believe, were fueled by the lack of sanitary towels where girls look for men who can understand them and buy them the pads,” he said, adding that no girl should struggle in getting the utilities.
He called on the churches to teach the young children morals so that they can be responsible citizens in the future.
“It is not only education, but we want our children to live a holistic life. We are fighting early marriages and Female Genital Mutilation that have been rampant in our county,” said the Bishop, adding, “You will not be a girl forever, but you have a great future ahead of you because God has a purpose for you as a girl.”
The Ololulunga Assistant County Commissioner Jared Owino asked the society not to let Covid-19 affect them to an extent of destroying the future generation saying, “We are on the lookout for men who want to marry underage girls.”