As we've learned more about period poverty, we have continued to be stunned, if not shocked, by the impact this issue has on millions of girls and women around the world. Just last week, Lillian, a Thrive and Set Free Movement leader in Kenya shared a heart-breaking story with us about teen girls in Nairobi.
Please note: This story is very sensitive and we want to caution you that this may be triggering as it contains abuse and sexual content.
Recently, while visiting with the Thrive Juniors at Mathare slums, a Thrive Junior girl asked for prayers regarding some of the challenges they encounter. Men are offering to sleep with the girls so the girls can get the funds to buy sanitary towels [pads] which cost 50ksh (approximately $0.50 USD). This is a huge challenge especially now that covid-19 has affected most of their parents' jobs which has made life difficult.
These girls are under 15 years old. Period poverty affects them every month. These young girls' lives are difficult, they are faced with unfair and impossible choices no one should have to consider, but we can help in this incredibly practical way, helping Kenyan leaders provide reusable menstrual supplies and holistic health education.