Girls for Girls
The Girls for Girls programme was created by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world in partnership with Brighter Communities Worldwide to enable girls in Londiani to stay in school. Since 2010 Brighter Communities Worldwide has been working in partnership to develop a programme of education on menstrual hygiene management, income generation activites, economic skills, community support and better sanitation facilities in schools.
No girl should ever miss a day of school because of lack of access to affordable, hygienic sanitary products
Women in Kenya face very different challenges to women in other countries. These challenges often start with the onset of adolescence. Due to lack of education and a lack of affordable, suitable sanitary products, a girl’s education can be interrupted every time she has her period. These absences from school can ultimately lead to poorer education and high drop-out rates among young girls.
In 2010, Brighter Communities Worldwide worked in partnership with girls and women in Londiani to identify their needs. The results of this research led to the development of the Girls for Girls Programme.
Girls for Girls views education of girls and young women as a fundamental human right.
If a girl is educated she has better knowledge and skills including economic skills; she can make more informed decisions about her health; she can build her self-esteem; she marries when she chooses and she has a greater understanding of health issues, and so raises a healthy family.
Girls for Girls works with schools, community leaders, government ministries, and communities to enable girls to remain in school and enable women to reach their full potential. Girls for Girls is an integrated solution that includes:
- A comprehensive education programme delivered by trained facilitators;
- Peer learning and mentoring;
- Access to sanitary products (low cost, various options, and available each month);
- Income generation that includes: training; seed funding; mentoring and support – designed to provide funds each month to purchase or make products;
- Provision of infrastructure (“girl friendly” latrines & washrooms).
Girls for Girls works!
Since 2010, 32 schools have joined the Girls for Girls programme, and 1707 girls have benefited directly. The results of surveys undertaken with the girls and schools involved demonstrate the impact of the programme.