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Hon. Florence Mutua accompanied by Hon. Millie Odhiambo distributing sanitary towels and related accessories to students in Lugulu Girls Secondary in butula constituency in Busia County
Hon. Florence Mutua distributing sanitary towels and related accessories to students in St. Thomas Amagoro Girls in Teso North Constituency in Busia County
Kisoko Girls in Nambale Constituency School Mentorship Program
Hon. Florence Mutua distributing sanitary towels and related accessories to students in Kisoko girls in Nambale Constituency in Busia County
Hon. Florence Mutua distributing sanitary towels and related accessories to students in Kisoko girls in Nambale Constituency in Busia County
Constituency School Mentorship Program
School Mentorship Program in Busendo secondary in Matayos Constituency
Hon. Florence Mutua distributing sanitary towels and related accessories to students in Busia County
Hon. Florence Mutua distributing sanitary towels and related accessories to students in Busia County

Retain a girl in school and boys empowerment programme.

A research carried in most African Countries show increased school drop outs among the girls in rural areas linked to reproductive health issues. A recent research in Kenya indicated that more than 1,039,000 school girls are missing classes at least four days in a month. It is estimated that vulnerable girls skip classes for 39 days in a year during their menstrual cycle, a situation that puts them at a disadvantaged position with their male counterparts. If not missing school, the girls are forced to use inappropriate and unhygienic materials that do not offer sufficient protection, putting them at risk of contracting infections and being the subject of ridicule.

The School Mentorship Program is one of the county-wide projects approved by the National Affirmative Action Development Fund Secretariat in the 2014/2015 FY to be carried out in the first quarter of 2016. Through the Fund, the Busia NGAAF Secretariat launched the Schools Empowerment Project for secondary schools across the county. The project is continuous and its objective is to secure the future of the youth of Busia County by educating both boys and girls on their sexual and reproductive rights, mindset and attitude, personal discipline, Gender Based Violence as well as career choices. The program is called “Retain a Girl in School and Boys’ Empowerment Program.”

Phase I of the program focused on secondary school and targeted the Form Four students as they are the most vulnerable for two major reasons. First of all, form four students are preparing for the crucial Kenya Secondary School Certificate examination coming up in the last quarter of the year. Secondly, they are the ones closest to leaving the “safe haven” of a structured school environment to begin adult life so to speak. 2,120 students from 26 schools were reached through the program in Phase I of the mentorship program. The girls were also supported with sanitary pads for the three terms i.e 9 pads per girl.
Schools empowerment programme for targeted secondary school has rolled out in early 2017 and will also reach targeted schools in phase II of the programme.
Sanitary pads and related accessories are a monthly need and with limited funds it is not possible to reach all girls in need. We as the pioneer women representatives have tried reaching out to Education CS Matiangi to allocate the annual 400 million that is always factored in the national budget to the 47 women representatives so that the pads issue can be more sustainable. We hope the government through CS Matiangi will consider our very urgent request.

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Busia is a county in the former Western Province of Kenya. It borders Kakamega County to the east, Bungoma County to the north, Lake Victoria and Siaya County to the south and Busia District, Uganda to the west.

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