Slums are faced with challenges which include; crippling poverty, unemployment, disease, drugs and substance abuse, violent crimes among others, therefore the idea of succeeding or thriving is far thought here than the rest of the world. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, majority of at people home, jobs in the decline, living standards on the rise and few food distribution in the slums, things are becoming very difficult to our teenage girls who can not afford sanitary towels!
It is against this back drop that Community Transformative Agents (Cota Kenya) collaborated with Mr. Chrispo Marindi the Ward administrator, Hospital Ward and Mr. Albert Rioba youth Leader of Mathare slums to distribute sanitary towels to 500 teenage girls in the slums of Mathare, who were from the ages of 12 years and above
The exercise stated at 10:00am on the 25th April 2020, Saturday. Where distribution was door to door. With a pledge to continue every month and increase the distribution.
“We still need more sanitary towels as the demand is very high in the slums, so we call upon well wishers to join in and help us realize this target of 2,500 sanitary towels distribution every month,” Said Albert Rioba. Who continued to say that h had observed people donating food stuffs but forgot to donate sanitary towels.
The poverty levels at the slums make some of the teenagers exchange sex for the sanitary towels, who end up getting pregnant, hence drop from school leading to rise in unwanted pregnancies.
Cota committed to source for more sanitary towels so that the need can be meet.
Giving a vote of thanks the Ward admin, Mr. Chrispo Marindi thanked COTA Kenya for always partnering and lobbying for donations to come to Mathare. He further asked friends, donors and partners to continue donating and channelling it via COTA Kenya.
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