Introduction

As a managing partner, Macheo is running the Rotary Sanitary pads Project. A project financed by Rotary Foundation, Rotary club of Parklands (Nairobi) and Leusden (Netherlands). The project is designed to decrease absenteeism of girls during menses and runs on 81 primary schools in the Thika. The project runs for 3 years and at this moment nearly 5000 girls are provided with sanitary pads every month. As a part of the project Macheo also gives monthly training to approximately 12000 young girls and boys in different subjects which includes menstruation, hygiene, self-esteem, life skill etc

How does the program work

In Kenya, public primary schooling is free of charge; however, there are some additional costs for parents or guardians to pay, such as examination fees or school uniform. A substantial percentage of Kenyan families are living in such a deplorable situation, that the financial burdens of school, combined with the challenging situation at home are the primary reasons why children are absent from school, or at risk of dropping out of school.

In addition to these general activities, the primary school program (PSP) strives to help individual children. Fieldworkers and counsellors work on individual cases to track why children are absent. Parent and teacher seminars are also part of the PSP. Macheo is dedicated to serving only the most vulnerable children in each of the schools, because not every child in these schools is as disadvantaged as the other.

Within PSP, Macheo collaborates with all the stakeholders such as the government, teachers, parents and other NGO’s in order to share responsibilities and to create a child-friendly environment both at school and at home, which ensures good nutrition and a high quality education.

Facts

  • In the region of Thika 4782 girls get sanitary pads each month for free
  • More than 12000 children in the age from 10-15 get a monthly training on different social subjects
  • The program runs in 81 schools
  • Three social workers are full time involved in the project
  • Girls are now less absent from school during their menses since we started providing sanitary pads