Sexual and reproductive health training for women and children
Since November 2017, founder Victoria Porter has worked with Nancy (Program Manager) and the team from Ujamaa to educate over 1300 children and 55 women on their patented NO MEANS NO program, as well as with Days for Girls (DFG) Enterprises to educate over 280 girls in sexual health and best practice with their DFG reusable pad kits.
Both these programs encompass appropriate cultural learning in Kenya.
With Ujamaa, 44 children have entered the Sexual Assault Survivors Anonymous program and, following the Covid-19 lockdowns, will continue on to the Champion program to reinforce their learning.
We hope to continue this partnership by reaching six more schools and more women, in order to create a training program for adults in the community - for the mentee to become the mentor, and fostering sustainable community practices.
These individuals will be sourced through the community health volunteers at the Sub County Community Hospital.
We estimate this project will take approximately 4 years, from implementation to the evaluation of its sustainability.
Better equip women and girls to deal with menstrual hygiene
In the past, partnerships have been forged with the Days for Girls Camberwell and Ferntree Gully Chapters, as well as the Kibera, Nakuru and Zariel Enterprises.
Through our partnerships we have been able to issue 801 Days for Girls reusable pad kits along with a comprehensive menstrual hygiene education.
Whilst we believe that these have been beneficial for the recipients, we will work to alter our distribution methods to be more inclusive of all women and girls.
Rather than just through schools, we will aim to distribute during the women's outreach programs or through mother-daughter programs in schools. This will be to help curb issues such as older sisters or mothers taking the girls' kits - this way each individual in the household can get one. This process will be more costly but will have better long term effects.
This way, hygiene education can be accessed by the whole family, and for all to understand the importance of washing and drying in a good manner.
Our goal in working towards this milestone is to distribute another 3200 kits by 2024.
Provide a wider scope of health education, improving the wellbeing of women and their families
Through the women's education programs at the Kitengela Sub County Community Hospital, a number of other issues surrounding the health and wellbeing of women and their families have been brought to the forefront.
- limited access to first aid training and supplies
- basic skills training for homemakers
- children passing away from choking
- burns from home stoves
- simple cut management
- access to clean water and the benefits of having clean unsalted water to drink
- nutrition information
- information on safe births to limit child mortality rates
Our aim going forward would be to assist/partner with local initiatives where possible to enable well-rounded health and living conditions for families throughout the township, through programs and allocating gifts in kind to implement the new knowledge where possible
Our first project was offering financial assistance during the Covid-19 response to the Community Outreach teams, who were imperative in mobilising the women in the community.
never forget where we have come from
This has a few meanings:
remember to reflect on everything we have done, to ensure we are always improving
assist in our own home communities when we can
give back to those who have made our work possible
in time, expand our programs into our own communities, where needed
How do our goals fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?
While our work largely focuses on improving the well-being of women and children, we acknowledge that there are many efforts and guiding principles worldwide aimed at reducing global inequality - specifically, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) - that tie in with our mission. Some of our projects are directly related to the SDGs, while others are indirectly related through the processes we undertake behind every project.
In this regard, we have collaborated on programs which align with the following goals of the UN SDGs:
Goal 1: No poverty
Goal 2: Zero hunger
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
The global coronavirus pandemic has affected millions worldwide, and has pushed many to the brink of poverty. Many have lost jobs and are unable to afford basic nutrition. We are currently working with Dr. Fred from the Kitengela Sub-County Community Hospital to establish a community garden on the grounds of the hospital. Our goal is to involve the women from the community programs in the design and implementation of the garden using natural, organic and local resources in the process of growing food. Through this project, we hope to build the capacity of women through the learning and training of agricultural skills. We hope that with this project the community has access to knowledge and skills needed to achieve food security through sustainable food production.
Through the women’s education programs at the Kitengela Sub-County Community Hospital, women have raised concerns regarding access to clean unsalted drinking water, basic training and first aid supplies. Going forward, we aim to address these concerns and partner up with local initiatives to ensure they have an opportunity to improve the well-being of mothers and children at home and in their community.
Goal 4: Quality education
Goal 5: Gender equality
Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
Young girls in Kenya, and most of Africa, miss out on approximately a week of school each month due to the periods. Through the Days for Girls program and Mwezi Na Dada, we have distributed over 800 re-usable sanitary pads kits and provided lessons to young girls about menstrual hygiene to ensure that they can attend school and don’t miss out on their education just because they are menstruating. We have provided lessons on sexual and reproductive health, giving young girls an opportunity to speak about their experiences and ask questions in a safe space.
Since 2017, we have partnered with Ujamaa Africa in offering education to over 1500 children on puberty and sexual health. The program works to encompass learning in a culturally-appropriate manner. The program also includes the Sexual Assault Survivors Anon program and the Champion Program; additionally, we endeavour to expand into an adult Masters Training program in the future.
Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
As part of our merchandising processes, we are collaborating with organisations that use environmentally safe and ethically sourced materials and processes. The ethos governing our sourcing procedure is centred around respect for the environment and the labour which goes into producing quality products.
areas of focus?
Thanks to -
Rotary Club of Mundingburra
Rotary Club of Townsville Central
Rotary Club of Darwin South
Rotary Club of Mareeba
Rotary Club of Ross River
Rotary Club of Townsville Sunrise
Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise
Greg Marlow and the team from the 2019 -
9550 District Conference
Areas of focus that our work encompasses
Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
Maternal and child health
Through education on puberty, sexual health, and empowerment, our partners in Kenya promote peaceful homes and communities whilst educating women and children on their reproductive health.
Disease prevention and treatment
Water and sanitation
Environment and sustainability
Through the distribution of reusable sanitary kits we are offering women and girls safe alternatives for menstrual hygiene, aiming to prevent menstruation-related disease. These reusable kits provide better sanitation by ensuring girls have pads every time they have their periods, and ensuring less waste is created.
Economic and community development
We are working on programming that will fit within Goal 3 of our business plan which will encourage economic and community development for local women.