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Periods of Shame in Rural Schools in Kenya

http://youtu.be/wYY2gFJPecg

Follow the above link to a short movie about how poverty is contributing to the loss of valuable school time for girls in rural Kenya during their menses for lack of sanitary pads.

This multimedia story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous digital empowerment and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.

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HazelM's picture

Love your video.

Hi

I Love your video.
and i connected to the facebook page.
How is the fund raising going, there are so many on the site, http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/kenya/cds/cdg-news/4171-appeal-from-ke...
regards
HazelM

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thank you

Hello HazelM,

I am glad that my video speaks to you.
We also appreciate your connection on our page.
Sadly, the fundraising hasn't gone as well as we would have liked. Of course we were able to get the girls sanitary towels and some reading and writing material. However, schools reopen on Monday 6th January, yet none of them have school fees as yet.
Thanks for your concern.
Wishing you all the very best,

Phy
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
www.galsissues.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/MalkiaCDG

HazelM's picture

school fees

Hi Phy

Will the government help with school fees?

regards
hazelm

Phionah Musumba's picture

School Fees

Hey Hazelm,

Sadly, our government has never come to our aid. Every County government is supposed to provide bursaries to bright poor students.

Corruption is so rife in said government that it is not easy to even just glimpse the application papers, which the officers in charge also sell.

Love,

Phy
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
www.galsissues.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/MalkiaCDG

HazelM's picture

school fees

Hi Phy
it seemed such a massive undertaking for you and your group to fund fees for girls education by yourself, even with crowdfunding that I went looking to see what resources were available.
I wonder if you are part of the http://www.elimuyetu.net/about/our-vision-and-strategy coalition, which says one of its campaign objectives is
"Campaign for gender parity, minority groups and marginalized communities in all education programmes, and in particular ensure that girls and women have equal opportunities to participate in education."
they say they are "EYC was established in 1999 as the national coalition of Civil Society Organizations" and "for the attainment of quality basic education for all in Kenya".

Have you been in contact with EYC? can they help with application papers? or perhaps with match funding?

I think what you are doing is very important.
regards
HazelM

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thank you

Hi HazelM,
This is so thoughtful of you.
I would like to inform you that I have written to EYC severally over the last 4 years without any kind of feedback whatsoever.
Thanks again.
All the best,

Phy
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
www.galsissues.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/MalkiaCDG

HazelM's picture

Integrating Resources

Hello again Phy

What more can be done to get EYC to respond? Do you know?
Do you have to join them as a community member?
Are they more a general policy tool, rather than actively connecting people to funds? Are there just not enough funds?
In the UK we hear a lot about international charity providers, and there are a lot of people asking for money on behalf of charity. It can be quite difficult to work out if any money we give goes to the people they say it goes to or if there is enough to make any difference.
I see on the "Resources Exchange" part of this website, under "Funding" quite a lot of information about specific grants, and how to write proposals, and the standards they require for Match-Funding. And I see you there, but it looks like you stopped a conversation in the middle.
The type of job you are doing, trying to pay school fees for enough for a whole school which will presumably require funds from now on, seems to me to need bigger funding that person to person, as this 'hand up not hand out' type of action is long term resourcing.
I have looked at a variety of information, in my opinion, you need to get match funding, more from Kenya government, you need to push to get response from EYC, and form alliances and networks with NGO's and international groups who offer support, that will build a school system, throughout western Kenya.

I don't know if it is helpful to say this , it is like suggesting a subject for study on a university course, it will take some time.
Can you teach some of the children yourself, or get the older ones to teach the younger ones? while they are waiting?

regards
Hazelm

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thanks

Hey HazelM,

Allow me to first thank you for your advice.

I know you wont believe me but I have tried everything you are suggesting and more without success.

My government cannot afford to provide what it terms free education to poor kids, you think it would give funds to educate them? I am yet to see any African government do what you suggest.

If I were trained as a teacher, trust me, I would teach my girls. Evenso, even with training, how does one teacher give lessons to girls of different ages and classes at the same time?

My vision for these girls is quality education with which to compete with their peers for the few places on the job market, not to gamble with their lives.

I have done it alone for 12 years, am prepared to go the whole 9 yards, and somehow, I believe I will achieve my goal.

Wishing you the very best,

Phy
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
www.galsissues.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/MalkiaCDG

HazelM's picture

hi Phy It looks like you know

hi Phy

It looks like you know more than I do on this.

One of the problems I have encountered in my own attempts to provide for my community, is that the criteria set up by organisers do not seem to meet the need. The question is should they change their criteria or do I have to change my need. From what you have said it isn't just me who has this problem, and you have encouraged me, I think I will try again to talk to them. Perhaps they just d not have enough information when they are making their criteria.

Recently a friend sent me this e-link and said it was working for her. I wonder if you have seen something like it.
http://www.lendwithcare.org/ (not kenya but shows an idea) or http://www.fsdinternational.org/donate or google microfinance kenya.

regards
hazelM

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thanks Again

I must commend you for your perserverence and unwavering strict attention to detail.
I promise you to use all the resources you have provided here.
Thanks.
All the best,

Phy
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
www.galsissues.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/MalkiaCDG

Precious M's picture

Good

Phionah, this is a wonderful video and a great call for action.
Teachers should also be sensitized so that they should not think girls having their periods are unfit to learn.
I enjoyed the slide show.

Precious

My pen speaks

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thank You

Precious, thanks for your comment.

However, I would like to categorically correct you about the teachers.

They have never at any one time considered girls in their menses as unfit to learn.

They were just sharing the challenges they face with girls in their periods.

All the best,

Phy
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
www.galsissues.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/MalkiaCDG

Precious M's picture

Ok got it Phionah.

Ok got it Phionah.

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