It was in appreciation of the Kenya Paralympics team that the club saw fit to share with members and guests the rare opportunity it had been afforded by Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY, Kenya) to have the London 2012 Paralympics torch at the club meeting. With Kenya’s first sex therapist in the house as the guest speaker and the first photo with the London Paralympics torch as the price for raising the highest amount, a one month online fundraising campaign was set up on facebook. Members were asked to form teams of 5 or more and raise funds towards our main Community Service Project ‘A Girl A K A Year’ to enable us support 1500 girls we had adopted from various schools across the country to be beneficiaries of a year’s supply of sanitary towels to keep them in school all year without interruption during their menses. The campaign managed to raise Kshs. 309,000.00 with the winning team led by member Martha Nzisa pledging to raise Kshs. 100,000.00 and has raised 99,520.00 to date.
So far, 362 girls from Misori Primary School, Mfangano Island (115 girls); Altawoon Education Centre (50 girls); Hot Springs Girls, Maai Mahiu (55 girls), Olerai Conservancy (2 girls), Jomo Kenyatta Foundation Scholars (140 girls) have received their year’s supply of sanitary towels. The remaining distributions will take place in the coming few weeks before close of the year and will take us several journeys to Jomo Kenyatta Home for the Physically Disabled and Urban Primary School in Embu; Brydges Centre Children’s Home; back to Hot Springs Girls Secondary School and Altawoon Education Centre. Having to drop off 900 girls from the program due to lack of sufficient funds was not an easy decision for us as we did not want to see any of our girls left behind. The amazing grace from members towards the over 600 girls was appreciated by Love’s Hangovers, USA through Ms. Emily Wasonga who pledged to hold a fundraising dinner to raise the deficit to cover the 900 girls!
In its second year, the sanitary towels project will run for eight years so as to ensure that the girls adopted are able to attend school uninterrupted the entire period they are in school from the time their menses commence to the time they finish their secondary education