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FREEDOM FOR GIRLS Hearts for Girls Rotary District 9212 Lions District 411A HEART. District 9200. District 411 A. Knowledge=Power=Survival.

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FREEDOM FOR GIRLSHearts for GirlsRotary District 9212Lions District 411AHEART

District 9200

District 411 A

Knowledge=Power=Survival

“While it may be difficult for the average person to see the connection between the sanitary towels project and girls staying in school and these girls getting HIV, there is a profound connection. These girls want to be in school and when there are little or no resource for such needs as sanitary towels…these girls miss up to 4 to 5 days of school a month and search for funds to access sanitary towels. I am confident that the Freedom for Girls project ensures that the girl is less likely to contract HIV.”

Warren Buckingham, PEPFAR Country Coordinator November 2009

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WHO?

  • American school girls for Kenyan school girls
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WHAT is Hearts for Girls?

Supporting needy girls in sub-Sahara Africa with:

  • Sanitary pads and health education
  • Graduating from primary school
  • Reducing the risk of contracting HIV
  • Care package

Through: Health Education Africa Resource Team (HEART)

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WHY are we doing this?

Knowledge = Power = Survival

  • 25% of girls are NOT receiving basic education.
  • 25% are mothers before age 18
  • 14 million girls aged 15-19 give birth each year

(United Nations Population Fund, State of world Population 2005)

  • Only 35% of girls between the ages of 16 & 20 yrs are still in school (www.zanaafrica.org)
  • 54 % not in school due to menstruation cycle
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HOW are we doing this?

  • Supported by US and Kenyan Rotarians, Lions, and businessmen
  • Care packages manufactured locally
  • Teachers oversee the distribution each month
  • Distribution and health education by LydiahNjoroge,
  • FFG Field Officer monitors the implementation of the project in schools
meet some of the girls

Nelly Maseghe

Class 6, KunguPrimary

Wants to be an Engineer

“The sanitary towels have helped me very much because I received them when I had no way to buy them. My teacher gives them to me every month …now I am very well without this problem.”

SabinahKileta

Class 8, MruruPrimary

Wants to be a Broadcaster

“The Sanitary towels have helped

me in many ways. Before the towels I had to try to use my clothes, but often we lack water and soap. Thank you for remembering me.”

MagrinaMwamburi

Class 8, Kidaya Primary

Wants to be a Police Officer

“I am very happy because you have helped us with the towels because in the shop they’re too expensive I cannot buy them. Last year I used them carefully and they help me so much.”

Catherine Wambugha

Class 8, Nyolo Primary

Wants to be a Teacher

“When I would be on my cycle I was not able to come to school. Boys used to laugh, but now they don’t.”

Meet Some of the Girls…
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WHERE are we now?

  • Over 97,000 school girls have benefit from the Freedom for Girls sanitary napkins project distributed by HEART in Kenya.
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Interview with school girl, Terri

  • http://youtu.be/opWQkRMMkbI
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How can we afford this project at LOW cost?

  • Previous Donations:
    • Kundan Doshi (Doshi Group of Companies)
    • Dr. RasikKantaria (Prime Bank Ltd.)
    • KanuDevani (Pelican Signs)
    • Christian Knochenhauer (Art Kenya)
    • Vickie Winkler (HEART)
    • BimalKantaria (Prestige Packaging)
    • Sarit Shah (I &M Bank)
    • Mrs. Margery Kabuya (Beverly Flower Farm –
                • Ridgeways)