I have received and forward to the web bullettin the following letter, please have a look
10th October, 2007
To All Club Presidents,
RE: SPONSORSHIP OF GIRLS THROUGH DONATION OF SANITARY TOWELS
Rotary District 9200 and Lions Multiple District 411-A (Kenya) have partnered to provide sanitary towels to over 160,000 needy school going girls in the country. To achieve this, Rotary and Lions have enjoined Girl Child Network as the Technical partner and they are charged with the duty of providing the database of girls in need of sanitary towels and to offer guidance on policy matters influencing access to education by the girl child.
According to a survey and report done by Girl Child Network, a girl absent from school due to menses for 4 to 5 days in every 28 days (a month) loses three weeks of learning every school term. A girl in grades 6, 7 and 8 (3 years) loses about 20 learning weeks out of 108 weeks. Within 4 years of high school, the same girl loses about 160 learning days, equivalent to almost 26 weeks out of the 144 weeks of high school learning.
The aim of the project is to reduce by 90% absenteeism from school by providing sanitary towels to needy girls. Without the success of this project, Kenya as a Country is unlikely to achieve Education for All (EFA) Goals, Gender Parity by the year 2015 and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
To date, this project, through GCN committee, has been able to provide Sanitary Towels to about 200,000 girls in various schools in the Country.
The key role of Rotary and Lions is to mobilize resources necessary for the project and its objectives. To keep a girl in school for one year, it will cost Kshs. 1,000/=. This includes 12 packets of Sanitary Towels, 3 pairs of underwear (these needy girls have no underwear - which makes them very vulnerable and easy cases of rape). This money also includes transport of the towels to various schools and training the girls on how to use them.
We hereby invite you, your Club Members and Your well-wishers to the Sanitary Towels Project Launch on 12th October, 2007 from 7.30pm at the Serena Hotel. Tickets are available at kshs 5,000. Your kind donation is also welcome and cheques can be written to: LIONS-ROTARY PROJECT a/c No.: 801975004
Looking forward to your positive response with best regards,
Yours in Rotary
AG JOE OTIN
CHAIR, LIONS-ROTARY PROJECT