Working in partnership with Centre for Indigenous Child Rights and Beyond FGM UK , Afrireuse Pads travel to remote hamlets and villages in the mountainous Rift Valley of West Pokot.
Here we work with our partners to end retrospective harmful cultural practices such as Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage and to improve Menstrual and Reproductive Health .
Afrireuse Pads is in a unique position working with such inspirational grassroot
Our partnership model has the very real advantage of understanding community and cultural issues and the political environment. This helps Afrireuse Pads make a real change to girls and women's lives; delivering kits where they are needed most.
AfriReuse Pads educates girls, young women and boys about sexual reproductive health.
We listen to girls’ specific challenges, shattering stigmas and limitations.
We provide menstruation kits to girls unable to afford their own supplies; this enables them to stay in school.
We encourage girls to respect their bodies, encouraging empowerment for gender equality and the importance of mutual consent.
We support boys to gain a respect and understanding for the lifecycle of a woman’s body.
AfriReuse Pads also works with village leaders to highlight the need for privacy when changing pads. We suggest solutions while explaining the importance of access to clean water in maintaining a girl’s hygiene and dignity.
When educated girls grow up to become educated women, they are an inspiration for their sisters, daughters, mothers, aunts and any other female figure in their life.
By ensuring education isn’t curtailed with menstruation, women can flourish as equally as men.
This leads to richer, more diverse communities where a girl’s only limitation is her imagination. She is not held back by social constraints that see women confined to the home, solely as a mother and homemaker.
Knowledge is power and with a more fulfilled education, girls are able to make real choices with their lives.
We identify girls at risk of poverty and show them another way, working alongside our partner organisations, Beyond FGM UK and CICR, we offer girls who have fled their villages due to their fears of FGM the chance of a new independent life.
We have a sponsorship initiative, AfriReuse Somesha Program, where we enrol the girls on a 1-year tailoring course. There, they develop skills they can use for the rest of their lives. On graduation, they have the opportunity to become a full member of the AfriReuse Pads team of seamstresses and earn a living wage.
A donation of £10 can provide one girl with a dignified, practical solution to her menstrual health.
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