Femme International is a non-profit organization based out of Canada who are solely focused on breaking down the menstruation taboo in Eastern Africa. Femme International delivers their Twaweza program at schools and communities throughout East Africa .-- its name translating from Swahili to "We Can", because the belief is that we as a society can break the taboo on menstruation. This program is two-fold, including an educational phase, and a distribution phase. The educational phase includes not only an educational seminar on menstruation and the human body, but also provides a platform for women and girls to start the conversation about how to break down gender and menstruation taboos. The distribution phase of the program comes after the educational seminar, when every attendant of the program receives a Femme Kit-- this is a kit which includes a workbook addressing all the information from the educational seminar, a bar of soap with a protective case, either a reusable pad (AFRIPAD) or menstrual cup, and a bowl for cleaning the reusable menstrual product. The reusable menstrual product is the key component of this Femme Kit, and ensures that girls and women will be able to safely manage their menstrual cycles at all times.
Femme International has graciously agreed to bring their Twaweza program to Highland School's sister school in Kenya, the Enkijape School. This program would be life changing for the girls at the Enkijape School. However, this program is costly. With an approximated 210+ female students (above the age of 10), teachers, and staff members at the Enkijape School, and a Femme Kit costing $35 each, providing a Femme Kit for each female member of the Enkijape School would cost approximately $7,000.
I ask that you would consider making a donation to this cause; not only for my Global Studies project, but to help the students, teachers, and staff members at the Enkijape School. Ultimately, your donation helps support the health and well-being of the women of the Enkijape School, and initiates the change to break the taboo.
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