Menstruation is the most common reason for teenage girls to drop out of school. It is also a common reason for prostitution in countries like Kenya.
Girls cannot afford menstruation pads or tampons and are too embarrassed to go to school during their period. Therefore, a new project has started to provide the girls with menstruation cups, to keep them in school.
A former volunteer and member of fromone2another, Christina Lundin, founded the program.
– I was amazed when I myself was introduced to a menstruation cup and realised that one cup could make life easier for a girl for ten years, Christina says.
She got in touch with the social company Ruby Cup, who was already working in Kenya.
– So far we have managed to send 350 cups to the girls and women of Nikumbuke. This year we are expanding the project to also support girls outside Nikumbuke, Christina says.
It was a big thing in Nikumbuke this fall, when two instructors came all the way from Nairobi to introduce the cups.
For two days over 120 teenage girls were not only introduced to, and given a cup, but they also got to learn more about the female body and the right to say no, which is also an important part of the program.
A cup costs about 15 dollars and selling African bags sewn by the women in LungaLunga mainly raises the money to buy them.
– Swedish LungaLunga volunteers transport the bags back to Sweden, so we have no postage costs, Christina says.
Just in 2015 Christina sold bags for over 22.000 Swedish kronor. The Ruby cup project is now also supported by Lerum Aspen Rotary club and has received money from The Rotary Foundation.
– Our plan now is to start working with some of the poorest schools in the area, where Bendettah will give classes about the female body and hand out cups to the girls who are interested.